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Mentoring for the Next Generation of HR Leaders

Mentorship is known as an effective tool for career development and growth. Mentoring with the right balance of trust, encouragement, and honesty is also a rewarding experience for both mentor and mentee. Many of us already invertedly mentor people around our workplace, but there needs to be a proper structure in place to facilitate the process to encourage participation and employee growth.

Mayumi Cox, CEO and Founder of Team Next, aims to develop and train HR talent in Japan to adapt to a global HR framework. In this Conversation with HR Leaders, Senior Director Simon Elsom and Mayumi discuss the importance of mentoring for personal development, why expected outcomes need to be clear from the onset of the relationship, and why she has decided to offer a mentoring program specifically for HR professionals for free.

Who Is Team Next?

Team Next offer a unique growth platform for current and future leaders to help develop the next generation of HR leaders in Japan. Their core programs include a knowledge platform offering learning events, a coaching service, and a mentoring program.

Having obtained a degree from the University of Brighton in the UK, Mayumi Cox built her HR career starting in Learning & Development and talent management at Morgan Stanley and Nomura Securities. She went on to lead the people and organisational strategic planning and execution at Richemont and Royal Canin. In 2022 she established Team Next to focus on leadership and career development.

You can find out more about the Team Next mentoring programme here.
Connect with Mayumi Cox directly on LinkedIn or by email.


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Simon Elsom
Simon Elsom

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Simon Elsom
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Simon Elsom

Managing Director

Originally from the UK, Simon has lived in Japan for the past 25 years, having worked his entire career as both an HR practitioner and recruitment search leader. Prior to ChapmanCG, he worked for two leading recruitment firms specialising in searches across the full range of HR disciplines in mid-to-senior management level roles. He has also built leading recruitment teams having been responsible for the direct leadership, training and development of up to 40 recruitment consultants and led international business development activities. Based in Tokyo, Simon leads our ChapmanCG team in Japan.

Simon is passionate about HR and best practice selection processes and helps to match top HR practitioners with leading global organisations for the Japan and APAC markets. He has a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management & Development from The University of Manchester, and is a member of both the CIPD and SHRM. He actively participates in HR industry and networking events in Japan and has a strong network and followership within the Japan HR and business community. He has particular expertise in advising global organisations on effective recruitment strategies to help them navigate the challenges of recruiting in Japan and has assisted numerous organisations successfully enter the local market.

In 2021 Simon received the Outstanding HR & Recruitment Professional of the Year Award at the Recruit International / TALiNT International Annual Recruitment Awards.

Living with his wife and two children, in his free time Simon is a keen cyclist, enjoys running and supporting various good causes and charitable events amongst the international community in Tokyo.