A few things we’re great atSee everything that we do
Present yourself Better
Do you dread speaking in public? Do you hate facing a big audience?
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.
Rediscover your Purpose
Sooner or later in everyone’s life they ask themselves the big question ‘What’s it all for?’
What Really Matters
Finding it hard to locate the source of a problem at work or in your life?
Arouse your Creativity
Can you, then, sit in front of a blank piece of paper and ‘create’?
Thought-provoking nuggets from our mentors on life, work and everything else that makes the world go round
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.
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.
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.
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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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
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 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
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.
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 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.
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 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.
We are privileged to call the following Honorary Terrific Mentors by virtue of their dedication to helping the young become next-gen mentors themselves
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.
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