Thursday, 28 February 2008

Mentoring Coaching and all that

My third blog- I'm flying!! But I haven't yet resolved how to actually link this blog to my website. I need an IT coach.

The employment world is being inundated with coaching. I read an article about maternity coaching- which is quite an idea I'm sold on. Coaching sessions for the pregnant member of staff in the lead up to maternity leave. Quite a valid assumption really to think that your member of staff would need coaching on how not to fret about the ole job while coping with the 4 day blues and terry towel nappies (o yes we are green). And then yet more coaching during (that's 1 day out of the 10 keep-in touch- days) and then more coaching on the employee's return to work, wondering whether that temp was miles better at the job than she was! It really shouldn't be too difficult to set up these coaching sessions- a sympathetic ear, some target setting and some girl power motivation: the result will be a more confident employee who will think she can do the work life balance thing- poor sod!

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Aah the joys of networking. I was at the Broxtowe Borough Council GRO event, and I have met a Business Link Adviser. He will hopefully do me a diagnostic so I can apply for my IT grant. Oh to be networked in the IT sense!

Isn't diagnostics a big word. Today I cast my eye over a letter to a doctor asking him for a prognosis on a lady who has been signed off for yet another long spell. Diagnostics- prognosis - what is it with lawyers, doctors and Business Link advisers??! We do so want to appear normal, but I lurve these terms. How else to convince a client? The doctor says the prognosis is not good. So grit your teeth and do the adjustment or grasp the nettle and let me draft that termination letter! Oh now you have a vacancy- you know I just happen to know a recruitment agent... aah the joys of networking!

Friday, 22 February 2008

Blogging- a new marketing concept

After attending a workshop run by East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, I decided I have to enter the 21st Century and create a blog. A whole new marketing concept and not just a social thing anymore, blogging apparently does help to increase business. So here I go!!

The training as a lawyer is hard to ditch. A bit of research- Wikipedia is good enough, and apparently blogging has loads of employment consequences. Tales of people getting sacked because of bad mouthing their employers in their blogs. Oooer. Debates about freedom of speech and defamation- more oooer!! Not something to embark on so lightly then. BUT- apparently blogging can be good for attracting new recruits too. And you know, if you have a client who advertises their products on youtube, how can you not join in and keep up in the ICT world.

So - here's my first posting!