Five Questions for Mentors

October 3, 2009


  • How is it going?
  • What are you learning?
  • What are you goals?
  • How canI help you?
  • How am I doing as a helper?

My Strengths

August 13, 2009

According to the Clifton Strengths Finder, my top 5 strengths are:

  1. Learner
  2. Intellection
  3. Ideation
  4. Analytical
  5. Connectedness

Giving Feedback

March 14, 2009

From some course I went on:

  • Be constructive
  • Focus on positives
  • Focus on the behaviour, not the person
  • Talk about your observations, not your evaluations
  • Give examples
  • Favour pull over push
  • Encourage self-appraisal
  • Know why you are giving feedback – know what you want to change

Limiting God’s Power

March 18, 2008

There is a relationship between our perceptions and God’s power in our lives:

  • Our perception of God places limits on what he can achieve in us.
  • Our perception of ourselves limits what he can achieve through us.

Possibilities for Training

March 17, 2008

Some time ago, I realised that it is no good relying on my employer to look after my training and development needs. I am fortunate enough to work for an organisation that takes these issues seriously, but even so, they are ultimately my responsibility.

I’d be a fool not to pick up the courses that my employer does have to offer. To this end, I recently had a chat with a chap from the company Learning and Development department. I asked him about training opportunities that suited my aspirations, and he suggested the following:

Pick up Single Training Sessions

There are a lot of ad-hoc training opportunities within the company. I need to keep an eye on what’s available.

Join an Programme

There are also a number of long-term programmes of management training internally.

  • The Future Leaders programme might be interesting.

Get Formal Qualifications

There are several national qualifications that might be of interest:

  • Management Diploma?

Mission Statement: Second Attempt

March 7, 2008

I recently wrote about my first attempt to write a personal mission statement. Here is my second attempt:

With God’s help, to become excellent in:

  • Leadership
  • Relationship 
  • Stewardship

And to support others in the development of these same qualities.