Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Join me on Twitter for the 100 Days of Biz Success Questions

Tomorrow, September 1st, I'll be starting a Twitter exercise of my own which I hope that you will join me for. For the next 100 days I'll be posting a Biz Success Question of the Day - 100 questions in total. You can follow me @jennbritton.

Many of you know that I've offered the 90 Day Biz Success program for the last few years. It's a program designed to support business owners in their own business growth. We meet over a 3 month period as a small group and 1-1 to look at core business areas (systems, marketing, social marketing) and take forward action on your business. We cover topics such as:
- Developing (or refining) your business vision and values
- Identifying and movning through limiting business beliefs
- Developing core business sytems (bugeting)
- Identifying your competitive advantage (what your strengths are and what makes you stand out)
- Creating your marketing strategy for the next 12 months
- Leveraging social media and networking for your benefit

The next 90 Day BizSuccess program will start on Friday September 10th (11-12 noon Eastern), with registration currently open. There's space for 8 business owners to join me. Will you be one of them?

I hope that you will enjoy the 100 day Biz Success Questions whether you are a leader of a team, a professional or a business owner. Log on to http://www.twitter.com/jennbritton to follow me this fall!

Looking forward to your comments!

Warm regards,

Jennifer Britton
Author of Effective Group Coaching
Phone: (416) 996-8326
Email: info(at)potentialsrealized.com

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mentoring and Leadership Development

Many readers will know my affinity to boosting leadership development programs with additional mentoring and/or coaching support. One of the mentoring training programs I developed has won an industry award in the financial services sector. Over the past two years a number of my client's programs have benefited from stuctured mentoring components. As we look out on the landscape, it's interesting to note how many leadership and succession intiatives are now being supported by a formal mentoring process.

You can read some of my earlier posts on mentoring here.

There was a terrific article recently published on the Reliable Plant blogs by Debbie Zmorenski entitled "Developing Your Leadership Skills Through Mentoring" . In the article she defines mentoring as as makes the distinction between coaching and mentoring.

In particular she identifies the following 7 tips for maximizing your mentoring experience:

"If you are considering seeking out a mentor, here are seven tips for maximizing your mentoring experience:
Know your goals.
Choose the best mentor to meet your goals.
Begin your mentoring relationship by discussing mutual goals and expectations.
Practice the highest standards of professionalism.
Learn to accept and give feedback.
Practice good communication.
Recognize that your success is your responsibility."

Definitely check out Debbie's article for many more useful tips on how to avoid the pitfalls of mentoring!

Warm regards,

Jennifer Britton
Author of Effective Group Coaching
Potentials Realized
Phone: (416) 996-8326 (TEAM)