About Lis Merrick

Lis Merrick is Managing Director of Coach Mentoring Limited, the ISMCP Accreditation Chair (European Mentoring and Coaching Council International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes), a Visiting Fellow of the Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit at Sheffield Business School and she was the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) UK President from 2015 to 2018.

Setting direction in a mentoring relationship

Setting DirectionIt is really critical to have clear focus in a mentoring relationship. Otherwise, it will simply turn into a series of nice conversations, with no real learning or development. In developmental mentoring, setting direction is the mentee’s responsibility with the support and encouragement of their mentor. Generally, mentees have an idea of what they would like to work on, but the mentor needs to provide support to develop this further. Continue reading


Are you using Group Coaching in your organisation?

As a learning intervention, well coached groups can make a terrific impact on reducing knowledge silos, creating motivation across existing established teams and generating innovative, realistic solutions to business problems and organisational challenges. Plus in these complex and rapidly changing times, group coaching enables effective change and transition management.

Continue reading


Help children roll the dice on climate change

Climate Change DiceOne of our recent well-being webinars (How to be an Eco-Warrior) introduced us to a new climate change friend. Pendar Vatanian, a certified Environmental Management Systems Auditor, created a #ClimateDice game after working with schools for a decade. He hopes to boost children’s imaginations and help them to re-imagine an alternative positive future. Like us, Pendar is a firm believer in the positive power of the imagination, in business as well as education.

Continue reading


Coaching and mentoring to ride your best wave

Riding your waveThe days are lighter and longer. The number of people vaccinated is growing rapidly. Coronavirus cases are going down in most areas and restrictions are going to be lifting shortly. We have a renewed sense of hope! But hold on a minute… Before you rush off with new plans and direction, are you feeling prepared and in a good place mentally to move forward? Surfers are selective and only paddle for waves that are worthwhile and fit their experience category. Just imagine yourself as a surfer for a moment. Do you know how to find your next perfect wave and ride it forward?

Continue reading


Free webinars — coaching and mentoring programme design and training

Free webinarsJoin three more of our free lunchtime webinars in June 2021 to discuss: How to design a mentoring programme, what to include in mentoring training and how to educate your internal coaches or line manager coaches. The webinars are just 30 minutes long, get straight to the point and will have time for questions and discussion. Perfect timing for anyone launching a programme in the Autumn of 2021! Continue reading