Set up your mentoring programme like an expert!

Mentoring Starter PackageTo help more people benefit from our Mentoring Starter Package, we have reduced the price and introduced our Core Curriculum product, to allow an à la carte approach to better match the varying needs of our clients.

Mentoring is the most cost effective organisational development intervention you can use to develop, retain and motivate your employees. Bringing in external consultancy can be an expensive option, so based on our many years of developing and designing programmes we have produced a range of solutions to make you ‘experts’ overnight and to create the mentoring programme you need, quickly and without stress.

The Mentoring Starter Package gives you a range of Core Curriculum options, so you can buy whatever you need in a focussed approach to developing your mentoring programme. if you do need a small element of consultancy support, that is also available at a discounted cost, but with the price transparent and upfront! Continue reading

Vasectomy or Mindful Mentoring, what’s your choice for March?

In ancient Rome before Julius Caesar’s calendar reform, March was the first month of the year. It is the month when winter starts to end and spring begins. To me it feels like a fresh, new beginning each year, I’m always slightly sad that the ski season is coming to a close, but at home in Yorkshire, it means nature waking up and beautiful spring flowers. However, it is also apparently the worst month for productivity and the best month for vasectomies! March was actually named for the Latin Martius, or Mars, the Roman God of War. Incidentally, the Pentagon still seems to agree with this Roman tradition: with the exception of the recent War on Afghanistan, almost all major US-NATO led military operations since the invasion of Vietnam have begun in the month of March. Probably best we send the Pentagon on holiday in March in future! Continue reading

Does Queen Bee Syndrome make women cruel?

Queen bee syndrome Organisations may face a higher risk of losing female employees who experience female instigated rudeness as they report less satisfaction at work and increased intentions to quit their current jobs in response to these unpleasant experiences. This is according to a new study to be published shortly in the Journal of Applied Psychology by a team led by Allison Gabriel of the University of Arizona.

Queen Bee Syndrome has always been with us, women can be terribly cruel to those underneath them in the hierarchy and pull the ladder up behind them, rather than extend it down to support them in their career progression. If women have had a tough time becoming successful in their career, some women, rather than become the great role model and mentor they could be, feel other junior women coming up behind them are a threat and deciding to either be unpleasant to them or deliberately block their career path.

So how much of an issue is Queen Bee Syndrome in organisations and is it impacting the increase in numbers of women into the Board Room? Continue reading