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Mentor to Coach: The Leadership Journey in Emerging Environments

What begins as an interest to help and nurture often leads to a career of leading others towards excellence.  The differentiator?  A great leader.  While there is no perfect leader, the making of a great one includes basic skills and traits that are delicately balanced and perfected over time.  The journey usually starts as an expert, then progresses to mentorship and ultimately to coaching, where an individual client or team is guided to grow into the best version of themselves.  So, what are the fundamental qualities of each and where do you fit in?

  1. Expertise is the foundational part of the journey. The authority of an expert comes directly from their years of experience in their industry, but it also comes from a lifelong commitment to honing and improving their skills and knowledge. If this trait is properly developed, an expert can show their peers what excellence looks like in their industry and lead by example. With this comes the respect of clients and employees, and ultimately credibility of work and capabilities.  
  1. Mentorship builds on an expertise. While a mentor uses their skills to share their expertise, they are also building a longer-term relationship with individuals that is focused on the totality of professional or personal development. A mentor is there to support their mentee’s growth on a broader level, seeing them develop into a full-fledged professional capable of leading themselves. 
  1. Mentoring often flows directly into coaching, which involves specific skills to reach specific outcomes. A coaching curriculum is goal-oriented and the results are measurable.  A client or employee will generally look for guidance from someone who is certified and trained in their field, and offers skill sets that directly impact the outcome desired.  This often means helping clients develop into their own experts.   

Great leaders usually possess many of these characteristics and have the ability to positively influence their peers and clients in ways that allow them to excel beyond their existing abilities.  This is needed now more than ever as corporations transform, individual purpose and priorities change, and the world goes back to new ways of working. 

At Viveka, we support all three elements powered by technology that makes leadership effortless, productive and fun. Our platform provides coaching and training for individuals and enterprise to grow and adapt to emerging environments, such as the hybrid workplace.  

If you are an expert and ready to lead, join our global network of coaches.  If you’re a company looking for leaders to train your employees and executives, connect with us to learn more about how we can help.  

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Economic Recovery and Getting Back to Work Post-COVID

We all know by now the effect COVID has had on the world economy, with immediate impacts that will be felt for years to come.  Governments, major corporations and especially small businesses significantly slowed operations, if not came to a complete pause. 

By CNN’s estimate, the United States economy was operating at just 57.3% of its February 2020 capacity on April 15th.  Just over a year later, we’re seeing  light at the end of the tunnel with economies getting back to full speed, thanks in large part to widespread vaccinations and also a returning sense of normalcy.  As of May 25, 2021, CNN reports that the American economy is operating at 91% of its capacity.  Unemployment claims in the U.S., which peaked at 23 million in May 2020, are down to 3.5 million and job postings are up a gargantuan 53% from pre-pandemic levels after being 30% below those levels one year ago. In a collaborative survey between Forbes and Zoom, organizations expected to make the following policy changes:

Expected Changes to HR Policies As A Result Of COVID-19

Along with these types of adjustments and with millions returning to either the same or new positions, come new and revitalized approaches to talent acquisition and employee management.  After experiencing significant unemployment or remote work for the first time, both employees and employers have seen that a traditional office is not necessary to be productive or successful.  Remote work options have also greatly increased the talent pool that companies can draw from, and allows for more flexible and productive engagement. According to another recent Forbes article, there are eight skills that will be the most valuable as companies adapt in 2021 and beyond: ambiguity, curiosity, openness, entrepreneurship with empathy, resilience, optimism with imagination, rapport, relationships, and action.

The next challenge is in supporting larger corporations to recoup losses and increase productivity as they re-integrate their employees into this increasingly remote infrastructure.   It also marks a great opportunity for everyone involved.  The U.S. economy has improved significantly in the past few months, and the global market could recover to the best level in decades.  Some jobs will continue to thrive and others will become obsolete, giving way to new skills and practices (think AI and machine learning).  

That’s where career, human resources and employee performance experts come into the picture.  Getting the most out of this impending macro-level recovery and opportunity will be critical for employees and employers, and coaches who can support this process will be invaluable.  This is also where V-Corp, Viveka’s all-in-one SaaS corporate learning and development solution is a game-changer.  The platform helps facilitate work-life balance, increase talent retention and employee performance by connecting staff to vetted coaching experts from around the world while also tailored to employers’ needs and HR budget.  (Check out our platform features, and then request a demo for early access discounts.)


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The Future Of Work

The gig economy – composed of independent short-term, freelance or contract workers – has seen a steady rise in the United States over the last number of years followed by an abrupt acceleration due to the recent pandemic.

What first comes to mind is your local Uber driver or Deliveroo Riders, and then specialists like journalists, copywriters, and CPAs. But, recent data shows that a paradigm shift is happening all the way to the C-level where CEOs or on-demand CIOs are hired for periods of time to accomplish specific objectives.

The rise of gig workers is partly due to systemic economic shifts, as well as to the inherent benefits of this type of employment. There’s the empowerment of being your own boss and choosing work that matters to you. Moreover, people are drawn to the flexibility of the gig economy and how it allows them to achieve a greater work-life balance. It’s not only “employees” who benefit, but also employers. They get access to high-quality talent “on-demand” and as needed for specific tasks. This structure clearly reduces (at least in the short term) hiring costs and provides agility in meeting business and human resource needs.

Source: Edison Research

By all accounts, the gig economy is here to stay and workers across the spectrum will actively find new ways to adapt – or be forced to do it. Especially if someone is in a period of life or career transition, this working structure presents more opportunities than challenges as work would be more accessible and the hiring process less tedious. People across the spectrum may need new types of training to navigate this changing structure. As a result, we predict that the following coaching categories will continue to grow in demand:

– Executive Coaching
– Wellbeing Coaching
– Performance Coaching

Whether you’re just entering the workforce or at the C-level and find yourself needing to dive into the gig economy, Viveka can help. Connect with one of Viveka’s experts to find out how.