Tour de Cure
In a fit of insanity I have signed up for the challenge of the Tour de Cure in Australia. This involves cycling 425km in three days over a course that has 5km of climbs. That height change equates to over 1500 flights of stairs!
I know cycling is a classic MAMIL (Middle Aged Man In Lycra) activity but when it’s for a good cause how can you say no. I will be riding for the CAN4CANCER team which raised nearly 2 million dollars last year.
The main reason for doing this is to raise money to help those affected by cancer and to sponsor research to help cure this awful disease. Cancer has taken my Auntie Janie, two of my grandparents and is currently affecting an extended family member so it is all too personal.
Please do go to my donation page and give what you can.
Mentoring programs are a fantastic and incredibly efficient way of upskilling your staff and frankly you are crazy if you don’t have one.
I’m not talking about some massively heavy top down HR mandated process but an organic, bottom up, staff led process. Making it bottom up means that you hear from your front line staff on what they actually want to get out of the program rather than what you think they want.
Having been both a mentor and a mentee, I can say that both get a huge amount out of the process. Whether it’s insights, guidance, network or general development for mentees to people management, organisational insights, leadership and communication skills for mentors, it’s a win-win for everyone.
Now I’m not going to tell you how to do it as it will vary from organisation to organisation but as long as you have some basic protections/escalations for all parties, it’s pretty hard to get wrong so get out there and start your program.