If you don’t have a mentoring culture in your organisation you are missing the key to exceptional development.
It works – from a survey of Yorkshire companies into which a venture capitalist had placed mentors free of charge, over 85% of the respondents said they would subsequently pay for mentoring, coaching or non-executive services.
Recent activity includes working on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programmes with Leeds University Business School; the work focuses on the leaders of businesses with high growth potential and Denis Kaye has been a programme support tutor for a growth group within each cohort since the programme was launched.
We also work with Growth Accelerator – www.growthaccelerator.com – with Denis Kaye being one of its coaches for both general business development and the access to finance programme. He is also a registered provider of support under the Leadership & Management scheme that provides matched funding for the development of SME leaders and their senior teams. Clients benefit from a structured approach to decision making, prioritisation of their activities and accountability to someone else which is so often lacking in the SME world.
Mentoring makes sense at all stages of development. As well as working with SME leaders we often work with new Board members, or new partners in professional firms. The transition from doing and managing technical work to being a fully functioning member of an executive management team is often difficult, and we can provide some external support through that transition.
We also work with a number of associate mentors and coaches to ensure that our clients have a mentor who is most appropriate to their needs.