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Scribble Talk Teaching with Laura-Jane Turner

Scribble Talk Guest Teaching

LESSONS LEARNT AND LESSONS SHARED- With Laura Jane Turner

About Guest: Laura Jane Turner

LJ is the Director of Bids and Frameworks for Jigsaw24, based in Nottingham, where she draws on all of the knowledge she’s gained in her 20+ years career. After completing her Management and Technology BSc(Hons) degree at Brunel University, LJ moved into IT Sales with a Telco, which established her love of all things technology based. She moved into Bid Management in 1998 when she got so exasperated with poor sales contracts, she decided to move down the chain and ensure quality tenders would result in quality contracts! Since then, she has supported over £4bn of bids and worked in industries from Oil and Gas, to Rail, to Business Processes, to IT – introducing Governance and Process to many of her roles. She is a passionate mentor, encouraging and supporting internal colleagues and supporting women from all walks of life, being recognised in 2021 as Exec Mentor of the Year for the CRN Women in Channel Awards, and Mentor of the Year in the East Midlands Business Awards. LJ is actively involved in groups aiming to drive female engagement in STEM, IT and Technology. Her leadership and expertise were critical in winning a key Public Sector Covid project that saw Jigsaw24 rolling out 7,500 devices a week to the NHS.

  

Focal points: 

  • How we learn from our colleagues
  • How we share learning
  • What lessons I have taught (and the ones I thought I was sharing!)
  • Teaching and mentoring styles and unconscious role models

Transcript

0.21: Baskar Sundaram – Hi! You are listening to Scribble Talk Teaching, a podcast for bid and proposal professionals. My name is Baskar Sundaram. I will be sitting down with our industry leaders to dive deep into the topics that business winning professionals, like you, can use to help grow your skills and your business.
 
​01.00: Baskar Sundaram – Todays guest is Laura-Jane Turner.
LJ is the Director of Bids and Frameworks for Jigsaw24, based in Nottingham, where she draws on all of the knowledge she’s gained in her 20+ years career. After completing her Management and Technology BSc(Hons) degree at Brunel University, LJ moved into IT Sales with a Telco, which established her love of all things technology based. She moved into Bid Management in 1998 when she got so exasperated with poor sales contracts, she decided to move down the chain and ensure quality tenders would result in quality contracts! Since then, she has supported over £4bn of bids and worked in industries from Oil and Gas, to Rail, to Business Processes, to IT – introducing Governance and Process to many of her roles. She is a passionate mentor, encouraging and supporting internal colleagues and supporting women from all walks of life, being recognised in 2021 as Exec Mentor of the Year for the CRN  Women in Channel Awards, and Mentor of the Year in the East Midlands Business Awards. LJ is actively involved in groups aiming to drive female engagement in STEM, IT and Technology. Her leadership and expertise were critical in winning a key Public Sector Covid project that saw Jigsaw24 rolling out 7,500 devices a week to the NHS.
 
LJ, welcome to Scribble Talk Teaching.  
 
02.36: Baskar Sundaram – Mentoring. There are a lot of people who mentor people. What is mentoring in general, LJ, from your experience of mentoring people?
 
04.02: Baskar Sundaram –Before you become a mentor yourself, did you take mentoring part of your career? Why did you become a mentor? Was there, because you got so much out of being mentored by someone else or a group of people you chose to give back? What was the reason behind becoming a mentor? 
 
07.58: Baskar Sundaram – Before somebody decide to become a mentor, what do they have to tell themselves? The dos and don’ts.
 
10.02: Baskar Sundaram – As we discussed before we went live, most of these mentoring lessons could very well be life lessons compared to how to solve a client’s problem or run a proposal or procuring an IT key or something else, I’m sure. How do we then, as much as we mentor others, we also learn during this process, right? Many times. Talk us through how the learning process is both ways.
 
13.54: Baskar Sundaram – What’s unique about you, LJ,  is not just the profession where you belong like it could be Bid Management or Bid Professional but you have also been a mentor to, say, the Military Spouse Network, you also mentor to the STEM. So, you have seen like diverse types of people. Do you find, sometimes it could be related to business skills sometimes, personal, sometimes it could be career. So, was there any commonality in all these things and what are the unique thing that came out in these individual networks where you mentor as well?
 
17.42: Baskar Sundaram – You have mentored so many people, LJ, and during that process you might have heard so many lessons or so many situations. Beyond this there is confidentiality, people’s things. Any kind of themes popup frequently?
 
23.56: Baskar Sundaram – While you were starting to mentor, to now you have mentored so many, how did you improve your mentoring skills? Is there any models or styles or any reading material? How did you improve yourself, LJ?
 
28.52: Baskar Sundaram – You might have done or had  a lot of role models in your company and you might also have role models around Nottingham, military environment, the STEM, do you have any info that you would like to share?
 
32.41: Baskar Sundaram – You could have done so many things with your time. You could have sept, you could have travelled, you could’ve spent time with your family, you could have spent time with your husband bac in NATO. But why did you chose to spend so much time on mentoring? 
 

35.02: Baskar Sundaram – Any other pointers that you want to cover, , on this particular topic?

39.00: Baskar Sundaram –  Wish you and your family all the good health and happiness. Thank you for sharing and I’ll speak to you very soon. Thank for joining Scribble Talk Teaching.

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