What is the difference? Over the years, I have been lucky enough to have quite a few mentors, who were generous with their time, ideas and input. And I have certainly had sponsors, who have recommended me for really good positions and opportunities, as well as head hunting me at just the right time!
But once I was in the position of having a mentor who was also a great coach and a sponsor. Sieg Frankenfeld held my current position of heading up Accsys for 4 months as a caretaker, before I was promoted from Sales Director to CEO, and he was, and is, an unbelievable coach.
Three favourite business words that open up lots of discussion.
And so important in running the Accsys business, because they come up every single day, in one way or another.
Like many businesses, we built up a set of Policies and Procedures, trying to clearly define the principles by which we run our business. Much as I loved the Nordstrom model (see below), we realised it was necessary.
Closing the productivity gap and ensuring that new recruits are engaged and effective early is more and more important.
How it used to be
In the gold watch era, when people used to stay in jobs for 10 plus years, it made sense for companies to invest both time and money in training and upskilling employees.
In the 21st Century
The average tenure in the US is less than 6 years, but it is the under 30's who are moving after short periods. According to Stats SA, the median employment for the 25 to 34 year old South African worker is 31 months.
William Shakespeare said that "Parting is such sweet sorrow", and Sheryl Sandberg said "don't leave until you leave." And for me it comes down to that jet stream (or wake) again, do you want it to be a beautiful memory, to fade quickly or to leave a stain?
As important as the first day is for companies to get right, with effective inductions and warm receptions, that last month post resignation, is when the employee becomes re employable, or a bad penny!
...or what used to be known as New Year's Resolutions.
Each year brings its highs and lows, and the eternally optimistic human race believes that we get a fresh start each January 1st. Belief is a strong driver, and optimism is capable of delivering very good results.
So, with that in mind, in January 2014 I decided to try and give myself some good advice...
Enjoy more special family and friend time, have got a bit too chilled and lazy over weekends – Did quite well on this one until March.