Helping you to make sense of work and life

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Present yourself Better

Do you dread speaking in public? Do you hate facing a big audience?


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Think More Clearly – Plan A, Plan B

Once we face our pressures we can deal with them. Look them in the eye and they are not terrifying at all.


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Rediscover your Purpose

Sooner or later in everyone’s life they ask themselves the big question ‘What’s it all for?’


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What Really Matters

Finding it hard to locate the source of a problem at work or in your life?


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Arouse your Creativity

Can you, then, sit in front of a blank piece of paper and ‘create’?


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Elevate your Career

Give your career some fresh energy


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Thought-provoking nuggets from our mentors on life, work and everything else that makes the world go round

Penny Mordaunt

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Why friends matter

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The Curse of Brexit

A totally divided country, one half wanting to stay in the European Union, the other half wanting to get out of it, has caused more disruption than could possibly have[…] Read more

Who we are

Founded more than 25 years ago by Mentor, CEO, Author John Bittleston and Senior Management Coach and Trainer Eliza Quek, Terrific Mentors International is a group of highly skilled mentors, coaches and trainers comprising an eclectic combination of experience, intellect, wisdom and a strong passion for reviving human spirits and balance sheets; the two often go together.

Our history

The business started in Singapore in 1991 and was later incorporated as Terrific Mentors International Pte Ltd. Over the last nearly thirty years we have served more than 20,000 clients, all over the world.

Our Licensed Mentors have been carefully selected for their skills, integrity and temperament, and put through a rigorous Terrific Mentors International Training Programme.

We are now ten highly effective, very experienced Mentors, Coaches and Trainers.

Our Philosophy

We are Socratic Mentors, Coaches and Trainers. We believe everyone who comes to us has tremendous potential to be released. We help them release it.

Our work is done largely by questioning and is totally practical. We use exercises and customised roleplays to make our work as realistic as possible. Clients have said that our roleplays are so spot-on that the events we write into them often actually happen.

Life is a journey. A journey needs a destination.

Knowing what you want is not easy. Wealth, health, beauty, success are all generic descriptions of what we mostly see as desirable. They have to be earned. The long-distance runner doesn’t succeed unless he is focused and disciplined.

The same is true of a career. About 85% of people can discover what they really want to do. Some 15% cannot. But they can still set up their aim. Once they see the tree on the other side of the field, they will discover that life is about the journey but the journey is only possible if there is a realistic, visible destination.

And destinations change. If you are not clear about where you’re heading, read the story below. It could change your life. It will surely change your view of how to live it.

The Tree on the other side of the Field

At the age of thirteen I was taught to plough a field by a Polish Exile of War, Dick Sompolenski, who worked his ‘captivity’ on a farm in England. I had watched him ploughing many times and had walked alongside the heavy Shire horses and the massive two-furrow plough quietly churning the topsoil to create a new bed for the next season’s crop seed.

And then, one day, he told me I was going to plough the field. It wasn’t a big field, perhaps a couple of acres – two days work for an experienced ploughman if the ground was reasonably dry and the going wasn’t too heavy.

I was not confident of my ability to do the job. Just holding the plough steady was hard work. Controlling the horses and guiding the machinery at the same time seemed more daunting from the handles of the plough than it had ever seemed when I was walking alongside, chatting to Dick.

He watched me struggle to maneuver the equipment and order the horses at the same time. After a few yards I was exhausted. Dick stopped me and came over to where I was standing. “Now,” he said kindly, “you’ve got a wonderful team of horses and one of the best designed bits of farm machinery in the land. Let them do the work for you. You have only one job. Find a tree on the other side of the field. Fix your eye on it. Do not look away to see if the horses or plough are doing the right thing. Trust them, they are. Just keep on looking at that tree until you reach it. Then you will have ploughed a straight furrow and all the rest of the ploughing you do will follow that straight line.”

Dick’s advice was right. Not just for ploughing a field but for everything I did in life. As long as I kept my eye on The Tree on the other side of the Field, I ploughed a straight furrow. Sometimes the tree changed, of course, as life developed. Occasionally I forgot to keep my eye on the tree and got distracted by other matters. But as long as I kept my target in view I worked my way towards it.

I remember Dick’s advice every day, and thank him for it.

John Bittleston

Our Mentors

Take a look at our team below to learn more about our Terrific Mentors, they are a highly talented group with extensive experience in all walks of life, as well as a wide variety of industries

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John Bittleston

Founder Mentor &
Executive Chairman

Businessman, author and columnist , John’s career spans 50 years of Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and International Management.

Business Mentor and Career Coach to over 7,500 Clients

Eliza Quek

International HR and Org. Development Consultant

Eliza brings with her a wealth of Transformational Leadership experience in both private MNCs, SMEs and the public sector.

Her experience with different corporate cultures enables deep understanding of cross cultural challenges in communications, values and behaviours and decision making

Deepa Shahi

Terrific Mentor

With over 16 years experience in retail banking, custody, banking operations, trade finance and corporate banking, Deepa gained expertise dealing with different (sometimes challenging) colleagues, clients and vendors, established new processes and business lines, problem solving and successfully leading teams through change.

Bob Gattie

Terrific Mentor

Bob is a pioneer of financing of private sector SMEs based in Abidjan and working through the Development Banks of five West African countries.

He recently helped to incubate a specialised sports recruitment company, which has quickly become a global leader in the recruitment and management of talent for the sports industry.

Dr Tan Chi Chiu

Terrific Mentor

Dr Tan Chi Chiu’s coaching and mentoring expertise has been honed through youth training on community service expeditions, organizing and leading numerous international humanitarian disaster relief projects, appointments to organizational management and board leadership positions in the public, private, military and non-profit sectors, and as a volunteer coach and mentor.

Renyung Ho

Terrific Mentor

Continually involved in a series of new initiatives, Renyung is passionate about collaborations, co-creation and building enabling platforms. Her strong belief in experiential education and the learning that comes from resonance and mentoring has led her to seek a life defined by diversity and discovery.

Mike Langton

Terrific Mentor

Mike Langton has founded and led 5 companies from start-up to market leadership. He has turned around others when they had stumbled. In the process he has worked with the top echelon of local and multinational companies in the Asia-Pacific region, as clients and as listed company managers he reported to.

Denise Pang

Terrific Mentor

Denise combines coaching competencies and inter-disciplinary skills with corporate experience to coach and mentor over 200 individuals in mid to senior management levels in both public and private sector organizations.



Sandy Oh

Terrific Mentor

Sandy has a multi-faceted history of working in large, international organizations and starting and running her own businesses.
She has succeeded in key sales and leadership positions at HSBC, JP Morgan, Dresdner, ING and Jefferies, and has been voted as a top salesperson in Asia for Fixed Income sales.

Francesca Tiffin

Terrific Mentor

Francesca Tiffin has had experience in the voluntary sector, business and in the Hong Kong Civil Service, which has given her a broad perspective.

Francesca believes that we all need Mentors from time to time in our lives. She has benefitted from the wisdom of others and would like to help in her turn.

Honorary Mentors

We are privileged to call the following Honorary Terrific Mentors by virtue of their dedication to helping the young become next-gen mentors themselves

Dr Liz Nelson

Co-founder of TNS, Chairman Archive of Market and Social Research, and a fellow of the Market Research Society.

 Marketing in consumer, financial, health, governmental, public and voluntary sectors. Non-executive director of the Royal Bank of Scotland plc for 9 years.

Hugh Mason

CEO

Entrepreneur, Author, and Founder and CEO at JFDI.Asia, the first business accelerator in SE Asia. He has co-founded, mentored or invested in more than 70 startup companies, and supported thousands of others through innovation communities and outreach programs. He is also currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at National University of Singapore.

What Our Clients Say

All our work is confidential. Feedback provided here is with permission, with requested identifiers redacted.

“I learned what it means to treat people well and the loyalty that results. I learned to trust my senior people
and expect the most from them. I find, like John, that people live up to their expectations.”

Trainer
Management CONSULTANCY
 

“You not only spared us your time and ear, but you have showered us with a fatherly care and advice when talking to us since the first time we met. We sincerely appreciate this; words cannot express our heartfelt appreciation..”

Chairman
Transport Industry SME

“I would not have landed this role without the tremendous help of John & Terrific Mentors. He gave me a new lease of corporate life and I will always be grateful.”

Trainer
Royal Navy

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