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The Mentor Quiz Team achieved 3rd place in the Greenhalgh Kerr Annual Charity Quiz at the DW Stadium, Wigan on Thursday, 12 November.   Greenhalgh Kerr's charity to support in 2015 is The Wigan Youth Zone with over £1,300 raised from the Quiz Night going straight to the charity.   Picture from left to right - the Mentor Team:  Ian Greenhalgh (Greenhalgh Kerr), Brendan Fitzmaurice (Mentor Corporate Coaching), Martin Bailey (Markem-Imaje Ltd), Martin Donohoe (Flair Rugs Ltd) and Paul Keighley (Rectella International Ltd). Well done team!  ... [full post]

Harvard Business Review has published the results of a global study: 'your employees want the negative feedback you hate to give'!  It found that 70% of respondents prefer corrective feedback; only 43% said they prefer praise/recognition.  In addition, 72% of respondents said they thought their performance would improve if managers would provide corrective feedback and 92% agreed that negative (redirecting) feedback if delivered appropriately is effective at improving performance. Click here to read article  ... [full post]

Mentor Corporate Coaching recently joined Wirral Chamber of Commerce.  Paul Reynolds, Mentor's Director for Merseyside and Cheshire, is featured on the Chamber's website. To view the Case Study click this link.... [full post]

Gillian Wright Fitzmaurice took on one of her biggest physical challenges yet  in September...... with client Ian Greenhalgh of Greenhalgh Kerr, Wigan, she tackled Snowdon on a day fraught with extremes of weather conditions, raising funds for a charity close to her heart, Alzheimer's Research UK.   Next challenge Gillian?... [full post]

Sandy Lindsay, founder and chair of Tangerine PR and The Juice Academy received an MBE in the 2015 Queen’s birthday honours list for her services to business and young people.   Mentor Corporate Coaching is proud to have been involved with Tangerine in the development of their people for 11 years.  Congratulations Sandy! To visit the Tangerine PR website click this link.... [full post]

CIPD has published some interesting results from recent research carried out by Oracle. According to the study, 30% of UK staff opt to turn to peers for support at work. Despite just one third of Western European employees feeling engaged most of the time, 56% believe engagement can increase productivity; 37% said it would reduce the likelihood of them looking for work elsewhere, and 35% said it would increase their ability to provide creative ideas to their company. The study goes on to state that 56% stated that their line ... [full post]

Chancellor George Osborne says in his July 2015 Budget speech that it is his ambition to make the UK the world’s most prosperous major economy by the 2030s. Responding to this, the Chartered Management Institute’s Director of Strategy, Petra Wilton, says: “Management is the missing piece in the productivity puzzle. CMI research shows that poor management costs the UK economy more than £19bn a year and business investment in management development has long lagged behind our competitors. We hope the Chancellor uses his forthcoming productivity speech to set out how he will ... [full post]

The graduation session of the 27th public Personal Excellence Leadership Programme took place on 25th June. Congratulations to the graduates, all of whom made significant progress during the 8 weeks. Family, friends and colleagues came to support them as they each gave two talks to the audience. Special mention to Alexandra Tamas of Hosokawa Micron Ltd, who won the Highest Achievement Award, voted for by the Programme participants. Alex is pictured with her husband Michael, also of Hosokawa Micron and a Programme graduate, together with Gillian Wright Fitzmaurice, the Programme Instructor and Managing Director ... [full post]

To celebrate 10 years, the last meeting of Series 10 of the Executive Club was held over a weekend in Dublin in June. Hosted by Executive Club member Eunan McCaul, Managing Director of Cemac Group, the members enjoyed his excellent presentation on database marketing and his superb Irish hospitality. After the meeting on the Saturday morning, the group had the rest of the weekend available to enjoy the attractions of the Irish capital! The Executive Club continues to go from strength to strength as a forum for business and personal development, sharing best ... [full post]

Employee Engagement is a term we hear often nowadays - but what does it mean? Numerous definitions exist. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) defines it as “being positively present during the performance of work by willingly contributing intellectual effort, experiencing positive emotions and meaningful connections to others” At Mentor Corporate Coaching, we sometimes find ourselves having to dispel myths about employee engagement and explain what it is not. Employee Engagement is not about surveys. Some feel that sending out a satisfaction survey a couple of times a year will help ... [full post]