Would you ignore Richard Branson’s business advice?

Posted on 9th June 2015


When you think of influential people from the world of business, Richard Branson is a name that’s likely to feature pretty high up on your list. With a multi-billion pound empire that has included transport, music, and even his own private island getaway retreat, he certainly knows a thing or two about creating and sustaining huge success.

With that in mind, it might pay to carefully consider his latest comments on the value of mentoring.

Speaking via a recorded message to an event on mentoring hosted by Purple Cubed, he said: ‘I am often asked what the link between a promising business person and a successful business person is, and mentoring always comes to mind. Giving people advice on how to achieve their goals is often overlooked in British businesses.’

The lesson here is really quite clear. Though formal training and development programmes will always have an important role in any business, it’s time to start paying serious attention to the alternative options that could give your staff the capacity to shine.   At GatewayHR we provide mentoring to hundreds of business owners to help them manage their people, whether it is a specific challenge or “simply” wanting to be the best manager they can be.

A huge difference can be made by creating and implementing systems that will give staff members at all levels a chance to work alongside skilled and understanding mentors who can help them to overcome their barriers to success, look at challenges in a different light, and step into their full potential.   These mentors might be outside the business like we provide, or you can develop mentors internally.

So perhaps it’s not actually that fancy e-learning system that you really need. Or maybe that University qualification that will cost the business a lot of money and time away from work. It could be the case that you could reap the biggest rewards by going back to basics and enabling important conversations to take place.

Are you ready to take the advice of Richard Branson, and a different approach to the ongoing development of your staff? We can help you to create an effective mentoring programme in your business either with us as mentors or training your team members to be internal mentors. Give us a call today for an initial chat on 01536 215240.


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Emma Wynne
Managing Director