Being a business leader can be challenging, stressful and often very lonely. As Chief Executive you have the responsibility for leading your people, creating a positive and fulfilling working environment and delivering the results you promised in your business plan.
It’s perfectly normal to wonder if you are doing the right things, have the right strategy and are making the best tactical decisions. You may also worry about your management style and whether you are having the effect you hoped for. Often there can be political undercurrents to worry about too. Managing external investors is also a minefield for those leading the company.
You won’t be alone in wishing you had someone of considerable experience to turn to for counsel – someone you can trust to give you valuable insight and ongoing practical help on a whole range of business disciplines and to be completely sensitive with your thoughts and struggles. Sadly, it’s not always safe to share your worries with those around you.
CEO mentoring is about helping with all these things and more – not in the form of textbook tuition but by counselling on real practical business issues, situations and anxieties.
Mike Tait has many years’ experience in mentoring CEO’s and other board members. During the many years as a CEO, Mike has been a dedicated mentor to his directors, colleagues and his staff at all levels.
Mike was an excellent chief executive to work with. He builds good business relationships and looks after and mentors his people. It would be a pleasure to work with Mike again.
"Mike was our chairman at 23.5 Degrees when I became the Chief Executive. Mike’s early stewardship, encouragement and direction set me on the right course to take the company on the right strategy. He provided great counsel and provided support through difficult decisions. He is very much a people person and makes an excellent executive mentor."
"Mike built a substantial international division across Europe and Africa for Unisys Corporation and as a result Unisys became one of the leaders in distributed systems. He was a great agent of wide scale change in Unisys and mentored general managers across many countries to achieve good execution."
"Mike and I worked together over a number of years. He was an excellent chairman and led our investment to a very successful conclusion. He was a pleasure to work with and a good mentor to the board and management team."
"Mike was an excellent chairman to work with. He came to the company with no industry specific experience but despite that he added considerable value to the business. His guidance and mentorship to the board and management team was invaluable."