posted by pmi_admin on Thu, 31/10/2013 - 3:10pm
posted by pmi_admin on Tue, 14/05/2013 - 9:25pm
Leadership and Mentoring: Using effective mentoring relationships to build great leaders.
On Wednesday 8 May nearly 40 people gathered at WelTec’s flash new hospitality school in Cuba St, Wellington, to listen to Carol Scholes from the NZ Coaching & Mentoring Centre speak about using mentoring as a tool to grow successful leaders.
Carol is a professional coach and mentor to executive clients both here and internationally. She is also a skilled facilitator, lecturer in governance and change management at Unitec and a trained mediator. This will be third year that Carol delivers superbly professional mentor/mentee training and review sessions for our National Mentoring Programme.
I thought it was time to bring Carol down and give others the benefit of listening to her speak. Her topic at this event was “Leadership and Mentoring”. She began by challenging us to think of the greatest leader we knew, and to identify the attributes that made them so. As well as trust, passion and authenticity, there was the comment that effective leaders have an open and transparent agenda.
In Carol’s experiences of working with governance boards, she finds that everyone has their own agenda when joining a board. Those boards that demonstrate the strongest leadership have an open agenda, where the organisation they represent understands what it is they and the board are actually there to do.
On the power of throwing a problem to a group to solve, Carol discussed some of the pros and cons of this approach. In all situations where the group is “left to it”, a leader tends to emerge and will have more influence on decisions than any other member of the group. This can mean that some people aren’t involved at all. A good problem-solving method, in Carol’s opinion, is to give the problem to a group but make them go off and individually work out an approach to solving the problem first; the next stage is to bring their answers back to the group. The leader then finds a way to bring these answers together.
One essential attribute of a leader is being truly self-aware. We all know about self-awareness, and probably most of us think our own levels are pretty good. But it’s easy to think that others see you the way you see yourself – dynamic, forward-thinking, humble, a great listener and so on. The critical factor is to understand the impact that you have on others. It’s not sufficient just to know your own strengths and weaknesses – you have to know your strengths and weaknesses as a leader. This means knowing when certain attributes become strengths and when they become weaknesses, which depends on the leadership context.
This is where mentoring comes in as a tool to develop your effectiveness as a leader. If effective leadership hinges on your sense of self-identity, a mentor can be the critical friend who will tell you the things you need to hear – both good and bad – that will develop your sense of self.
Mentoring is not about giving advice; it’s about drawing the leader out of the person and applying it to the context. The most successful leaders that Carol has encountered are those who are learning all the time, who carry an inquisitive attitude with them throughout life. A skilled mentor will ask those questions that challenge your patterns of thinking, your sense of self and how you think you impact others.
“Mentoring is not telling people what to do; it’s giving them a chance to examine what they are doing in light of their intentions.”
You can view Carol’s presentation on our website under the Central Branch: Presentation PDF
Also see the national section of May e-news for information on the PMINZ National Mentoring Programme, which is just getting underway for 2013.
Caroline Donovan, National Mentoring Programme Coordinator, email@example.com
posted by pmi_admin on Mon, 03/09/2012 - 11:27am
Wellington February 2013 Meeting Report
By Edward Hall.
Meeting started with a few essentials: Thanks to the Sponsor Entity Group, + our key supporters of Hudson and Beca, and a reminder for members when renewing PMI membership to select the PMINZ chapter.
Also, reminder next two meetings are a different Monday of the month than usual!
Tonight’s speaker was Cillin Hearns from Setanta Consulting Limited, taking on the psychology of leadership.
Starting with an audience participation moment as we jointly built a list of what a good leader is and discussed some of the key aspects. Heading into the role of a leader, especially as one gets higher up in an organisation and issues become more behavioural making people skills more important.
What would a psychology talk be without a brain! So a review of a few of the regions of the human brain, and there properties relating to thinking and learned behaviours. Important take home was the role of repetition in learned behaviours.
An exploration of whether “leaders are born” or whether “leaders are made”. Also the importance of self-awareness in developing ones leadership. Other topics covered included the four pillars of leadership, and the stages of getting from “unconscious incompetence” through to “unconscious competence”. An interesting journey with insight and awareness in the middle (and I wonder how many of us are still in the “unconscious incompetence” stage!).
A great topic for the project managers out there who are of course also project leaders, providing insight to how PM’s can improve themselves as leaders through greater awareness, developing key competencies, and providing a glimpse of what the roadmap might be for achieving sustainable change. And of course, Cillin did a great job of involving us in the topic along the way… A thank you to Cillin for a great meeting presentation.
About the Speaker:
Cillín’s own personal journey into leadership started about 17 years ago when he found himself in a one bedroom flat in Burwood, Sydney with cockroaches as his only companions. He confesses that, although he has read more self-help books than you could shake a stick at, there was something missing and once discovering that, it has made all the difference.
Since his experience in Burwood Cillín has been a fitness instructor and project manager and everything in between. He has had articles published in the PMI Network magazine around project governance and he was also shortlisted from an international pool to contribute to the PMI’s Annual Journal: Project Management for Executives. More recently Cillín was a member of the judging panel for the 2012 PMINZ Annual Project Management Awards.
posted by pmi_admin on Sat, 21/07/2012 - 10:13am
Implementing Shared Services at Department of Conservation (DOC)
Conservation plays a key role supporting NZ’s economy. DOC’s vision: “NZ is the greatest living space on earth”, is much bigger than DOC – it is about connecting NZers to a common goal. DOC can’t deliver on this goal alone – all NZ and all NZ’ers have to be involved. DOC wants collaboration and partnerships for mutual benefit.
Peter Noble delivered an engaging presentation about the move to shared services that DOC is undertaking – what has driven that, what some of the challenges are and how DOC is managing them.
About the speaker
Peter has been at DOC for 1 year. He has held public sector roles at IRD and DOC. His career includes various management roles including call centre, IT, market research, change, sustainability and operational delivery.
The presentation can be viewed here.