Mary Parker Follett's thoughts on leadership written in 1924 have inspired me since I first read them in 1979 - the purpose of leadership is to create more leaders.
I had become a mentor then in my role as a financial services executive. I've been a student of both leadership and mentoring ever since.
When I left the corporate world in 1991 and set up my professional practice my aim was to make mentoring my business. I also wanted to shift people away from managing people because I had come to believe that planning, organising and controlling, particularly the latter, had become redundant. I actually wondered if trying to manage people was ever a good idea.
In line with mentoring and changing management I wanted to do something about measuring performance because I'd seen that what actually counted in leading and mentoring was mastery of so called soft-skills whose influence and impact it seemed were very difficult to measure.
It was my good fortune in 1991 to begin a friendship with cricket coach Terry Jenner that was to thrive until his death in 2011. Terry had a unique insight into mentoring. He believed that his role was to enhance people's gifts. Terry and myself invested many hours exploring this concept. For me I've come to understand that 'enhancing their gifts' is the number one role of leadership and that seeing other people as masters is the key to being a maestro mentor. Please view the two short videos below to learn more.
In the past 27 years it's been my honour and privilege to be a mentor for more than 1000 leaders, women and men, in over 40 countries. I've learned that there is a new management, that soft-skills can be measured in meaningful ways, and that the most successful leaders are both remarkable mentors and mentees.
Now as I approach my 65th birthday I've turned a large part of my professional practice into teaching business owners and leaders how to be maestro mentors so that we both leave a lasting legacy and that you have worthy succession plans in place in all levels of your business.
when IBM Alliance Director EMEA-LAM, Schneider Electric, Europe
I first met Ian Berry when he was a keynote speaker at an Institute of Directors event in UK. His presentation was passionate and sincere, and his wisdom quite simply compelling.
Since then, I have been fortunate to actively benefit from Ian’s guidance and advice, which have helped me to focus my leadership on both a personal and business level. I count Ian as an outstanding mentor, and I value his input, support and guidance very highly.
In this program I take participants on a unique journey to being a remarkable mentor.
You will be licensed to forever use my intellectual property.
A signature of my work with you is that while what I say is important, it's nowhere near as important as what you hear yourself say to yourself, who you become and then do your own unique work.
My work with you is all about helping you to identify and implement and integrate proven principles in your own best way.
In the spirit of something better
You're part of great business, full of great people, who are doing great work. My work with you therefore is always about being respectful and honouring of what has been and is, yet always with the intention that we are in the continuous pursuit of something better and turning great into remarkable.
Content of your program
The content summary is pictured below.
On the left is my great conclusion from my 48 years of working:
Enlightened Language elevates conversations, Conversations enrich relationships, Relationships enable business.
We begin with how you and other participants will be role models and mentors for the people you work with as they apply this proven principle in their own best way.
On the right are the 11 modules we will work through. Every participant receives a guidebook containing these modules.
Finance Accountant/Enterprise Manager, Ballarat and Queen's Anglican Grammar School
Ian adds value & depth to structure, people development, meetings and conversations. Mentoring sessions are always enlightening and solutions based. For any business that is needing to thrive through change, Ian can offer a range of tools to support this with a humanised approach.
The guidebook is drawn from the following books
This is a completely bespoke program. We'll determine your program together based on your unique situation, carefully select participants, and agree on a time frame.
Peer Group Option
There's wonder in tapping into other people's experience outside your own business. Three to five people from your organisation will join three to five people from other non-competing organisations.
Commencing in February 2019 we'll meet in person for 1 day quarterly in Melbourne CBD (10 am through 4 pm February, May, August and November 2019). As is my current practice I will be bringing in some outstanding world class educators to contribute to these events.
In addition I'll meet in person with just your three to five people for a 1/2 day each quarter.
A feature of this program is integration of my materials with whatever else is working well for you.
I will also host an open forum online every month March - December 2019 using Zoom technology for 90 minutes each month. This will be time to share stories, ask questions and discuss anything participants raise.
As well as all of the above each participant has unlimited telephone access to me.
CEO Gallagher Bassett Services Pty Ltd Australia
Ian Berry has been a catalyst for a number of our people improving their performance. I have personally benefitted greatly from Ian’s mentoring. He has unique powers in helping people to become change champions. I highly recommend him.
The short videos below further demonstrate my style and substance through stories about mentoring. There's more videos here.
The big outcome of completing this program will be better business results at less human and business cost.
This will be accomplished through the small yet significant improvements (quantum leaps) you and fellow participants will make through your enhanced mentoring in culture (purpose and principles), leadership (people) and management (processes).
Please contact me now to explore a private program just for you or to explore the peer group program. My number is +61 (0) 418 807 898. We will discuss any aspect of the program you wish and your investment options. You will be under no obligation.
Concerning the peer group program I'm taking expressions of interest until the end of November 2018 and advising successful applicants by 14th December 2018.
I'm also conducting complimentary preview seminars about the program:
In Melbourne on Tuesday 13th November 2018. Please register here.
In Ballarat on Wednesday 14th November 2018. Please register here.
and in Geelong on Thursday 15th November 2018. Please register here.
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