Mentors – we all need them!

The last few weeks have given us all some much-needed sunshine and with the school holidays now upon us it is really starting to feel like summer. This time last year we were all enthralled with the Olympic and Paralympic Games and once again the county has come alive, this time with the excitement of the arrival of the Royal Baby, with many local business offering something special to support this wonderful event.

Whether you run a business, work in a small company or run a household, having a mentor or a network that can give you advice and support can make the difference between success and failure. As a business coach, mentor and trainer, I am a great believer in supporting people to exceed their potential and have been working with a number of local businesses, both small and large, to provide coaching and mentoring services and also workshops to support companies through periods of change. It isn’t a weakness to ask for help, in fact every great leader in business has at least one person who they meet with regularly to bounce ideas or problems off; that is what helps to make them so successful.

And with that in mind it is also important that we all find an opportunity this month to take some time out for ourselves so that we can relax, unwind and rebalance, ready for the challenges ahead. It doesn’t have to be a long holiday or trip abroad – a simple hour or two of escapism is often enough to refresh and refocus our minds. Last week I was invited to experience a fish pedicure, which was both invigorating and relaxing, and a very therapeutic way to spend some time without the pressures of work. 

Amanda Murrell


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