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Ben Richards & Carole Davidson

Futureproofing learning & development: digital on-demand coaching and mentoring and real time insights

Theme: Results
Area: Coaching & mentoring
Type: Workshop
Style: Mainly experiential

Session on Wednesday, Apr 11, 17:00
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Younger learners have new expectations for learning at work. Adept at searching for any knowledge that they need on-line, they want something different. The all-pervasive on-demand mindset of many younger workers is at present at work as it is in other aspects of their lives. If learning doesn’t happen fast, it’s not useful. Digitisation of society underpins both of these shifts, but we believe that where digital disrupts, it also has a central role in rebuilding. Thrive Partners recognised this potential and have set up an online, on-demand coaching and mentoring service to help L&D teams to fill the growing gap left where established interventions are failing.

Organisations with access to our desktop and app-based service can draw down facetime with our friendly, experienced network of coaches and business mentors whenever they need it through our Skype-style app. With diary-friendly 30-minute chunks it means the learning happens wherever and whenever it’s most needed, which in turn gets better results. Through our platform we’re seeing clients manage coaching and mentoring conversation with unprecedented ease. Analytics give the organisation we work with genuine insights about barriers to change, in real time, so decisions can be taken faster about the things that need to move or change to facilitate both individual and collective growth and progression.

The workshop will share the trends and insights we have from two years of a digital coaching and mentoring platform and discuss with the coaches and mentors the place for effective digital learning in the future


Ben Richards joined Thrive Partners in 2017 as a Senior Partner. He’s passionate about helping individuals and businesses to find better ways to grow and change, and works with clients including EDF Energy and BMJ to help them get the best of Thrive’s on-demand coaching platform, delivered in 30-minute sessions. Ben is a coaching evangelist, having qualified in 2015, and before this role he was a board director at a leading European consultancy, where he advised large corporates on sustainability issues.

Carole Davidson is an experienced and accredited Executive coach, business mentor and coach supervisor. She has worked across many industries and the public sector and specialised as an HR Director in change management and transformation. Now working regularly with millennials in a business mentoring capacity she has adapted her coaching style to provide opportunities for meeting the needs of the on-demand mindset. She has recently had published an eBook on working with young entrepreneurs

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