How a Sri Lankan Refugee Became an Australian Army Major – Six Life Lessons in Self Leadership

I couldn’t be happier and prouder of one of my best mates Major Seralaadan Tharmarajah aka Lavan.  This week, he became a Major in the Australian Army. 19 years ago we both landed on Australian soil to call this land home. Both from single parent households, both from developing countries with a history of racial tensions and violence and both of us looking to find our place in multicultural Australia. We had alot in common as we sat next to each other in our Homebush Boys, Year 10 ESL class! Lavan is not one who usually talks about his journey....

The Difference between Coaching and Mentoring

Often the distinction between coaching and mentoring can be confusing for clients who have never experienced either but know they need to make personal and/or professional changes. For both my personal life and development I have had both and I’d encourage you to consider both when 1) learning a new skill 2) making a significant change. A simple distinction between coaching and mentoring that is worthwhile considering is the difference between asking and telling. * A coach is someone who brings an independent view, often with no specific knowledge, to share. Coaching sessions are about asking questions based on pure coaching skillset and...