Why Maro Itoje isn’t world class. Yet

It’s great to see England playing pretty well and being up there, in the chasing pack behind New Zealand and Ireland. It’s contended that in order to win a World Cup you need at least 5 players who are world class. Billy Vunipola (a notable absentee this season) is one and Manu Tuilagi looks to be coming back to his best. Kyle Sinckler may reach the giddy heights. Owen Farrell makes a significant difference every time he comes onto the pitch, and has managed to escape sanction for some dodgy tackles. But Maro Itoje hasn’t. Continue…

ABM business mentoring retreat in Wales

ABM business mentoring retreat in Wales

Two days away from it all

It was a great privilege to spend 48 hours on an excellent retreat in rural Wales with experienced colleagues from the ABM (the Association of Business Mentors). The ABM is a professional mentoring body which is ably led by Kerrie Dorman. In our retreat we explored ways of adding further value to our clients in the small business community. We teased out some of the tensions between mentoring and coaching, and also between serving an owner manager and serving the business s/he owns – they don’t always have coterminous goals! We unpacked the range of diverse skills that a strong business mentor needs. The growing importance of data and dashboards was identified. The important link with the business’s accountants was explored. Many of whom are first-rate accountants but not, in practice, strong overall business advisers.