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Mentoring success story No6:

How to get promoted to your dream job

A. What was the problem? 

Widely respected candidate had been in post for ten years. Nathalie wanted to apply to lead a well-known industry body and, if successful, take a three-year sabbatical. The problem was that the post attracts vast numbers of highly qualified applicants and so there was a need to stand head and shoulders above the stiff competition. Success factors at delivering a strong presentation or interview are far from straightforward, with candidates often blissfully unaware of their shortcomings that need to be tackled head on, albeit with tact.

B. How can desired long-term results be achieved in such a short time? 

My holistic approach provides a menu of options for the candidate to pick and choose from, underpinned by great deal of experience of working with over 350 leaders and supported by the 1,700-page leadership manual that I have written over many years.

Step One. Success factors at delivering a strong presentation or interview are far from straightforward and the mentor needs high levels of confidence, experience and rapport-building skills, as it is almost invariably necessary to work on subtle or overt personality weaknesses that the candidate maybe blissfully unaware of, whilst ensuring the person remains truly authentic. It is to evaluate a candidate’s core strengths and weaknesses, which may be different to those widely perceived. Often a speech needs crafting.

Step Two. Rehearse, rehearse and rehearse… for many more times than people are used to and sometimes in front of a small audience so that multiple opinions can be shared. Feedback is provided in a direct though motivational way. Rules of engagement are agreed in advance.

C. How long does it take and what is the investment necessary?

First one-hour ‘pre-session’ is delivered at no cost to your organisation, without cost or obligation, subject to location.

Eight hours of mentoring – that’s one two-hour session paced four weeks apart. Inter-session ‘homework’ is rarely set apart from the need to read approximately 30-pages of bespoke notes issued after each session.

Candidates are banned from taking their own session notes as it distracts them from the all-important thinking part. Investment in four x two-hour sessions over a four-month period is £995+VAT per session, so £3,980+VAT in total, plus travel at cost if outside greater London.

D. My post-assignment promise 

Success rate is consistently high. However, I don’t helicopter in (ie eight hours and that’s it) and run to the hills once the four coaching sessions have ended. On conclusion of the four-session programme I go on to offer unlimited support by telephone or email for up to ten years, up until I think an extra session would be more beneficial – triggered just once by me when a candidate decided to quit their profession to become ordained.

Schedule a 30-minute meeting, at no cost to you and without obligation:

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Email robin.johnson@ovationxl.com – Mobile 07774 415561