Steve Jobs’ Vision

Sad news with the death of visionary leader and creative genius Steve Jobs at just 56.  If you have never watched Steve Jobs inspirational 2005 Stanford Commencement Address on ‘How to Live Before You Die’ it is well worth your time.

Vale Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011

And in his own words:

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

Steve Jobs

Thank you Steve, for your vision, for following your inner voice and for the extraordinary gifts you have left to the world.


“Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.”

Barack Obama, US President

“He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it.”

Larry Page, CEO Google

“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”

Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and Chairman

“All of us would be touched every day … by products that he was the creative genius behind.”

Julia Gillard, Australian Prime Minister

“He was genuinely someone who changed the world.”

Tony Abbott, Australian Opposition Leader

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Mentoring Fact Sheet

A number of people have asked for a Mentoring fact sheet based on our recent article Seven Good Reasons to Set Up a Leadership Mentoring Program so we are happy to oblige.

You can download your mentoring fact sheet here:  Free Fact Sheet – Seven Good Reasons Why Mentoring Works

See below for resources that may help you develop an effective mentoring program:

Mentoring Adds Value

Mentoring valueThere are many ways that a mentoring program can add value to your company, association or organisation. Here are just some of them:

  • Mentoring is a very effective way to welcome new employees and induct them into your organisation’s culture and values or to support recently promoted employees.
  • Mentoring can offer effective support for minority groups or special employees and promote diversity.
  • A faciliated mentoring program can build a collegiate group which is more willing to share their experience and informal knowledge in a productive way.
  • Mentoring can assist in succession planning and the development of new leaders, provide a better basis for promotion and advancement decisions and shift high potential individuals onto the fast career track.

The messages that an invitation to participate in a mentoring program can be transformational.


“A lot of people don’t do great things because great things really aren’t expected of them and because nobody really demands they try.”
Steve Jobs

The power of demonstrating that great things are expected is immeasurable.  Mentoring really does add value.

Is there a risk your key people make you vulnerable?

risk you are vulnerableIn one of the seminars I present we do a quick organisational vulnerability audit or risk assessment. Regularly, participants list key person dependency as one of their organisation’s critical vulnerabilities.

The fact is that people do get hit by buses, laid low by the ‘flu, headhunted by competitors, or worse…

How well are you equipped to handle a risk such as the loss of one of your key team members?

What if it happened in the middle of a crisis? Or is there a risk that such an event would actually precipitate a crisis for you? How much valuable information or experience would you lose if you lost one of your key people? Can you affors the risk?

Easy risk management

One of your easiest protective actions is to ensure that your key individual’s second-in-charge is being mentored, coached and developed as a future leader and is aware of organisational issues beyond their responsibility.

Coaching or mentoring at each level in your organisation is a powerful way to encourage your team leaders and managers to think beyond their day-to-day responsibilities and contribute more to your business.  By recognising their value through a special coaching program you can also show your appreciation and develop their skills and commitment further at the same time as you reduce your own business risk.

Quote of Note

“There is no one who is successful today who has done the whole thing on their own …”

Jackie Stewart

I’ve heard some people say that training and developing people is a waste of resources because they might leave.

Smart leaders know that it is worse not to train and develop people, because there is a real risk they might stay!

See more details here on our Executive Coaching and Business Coaching Services

Investing in the development of your organisation’s current and future leaders is not just good risk negotiation, it’s essential to your long term business success.

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