Do you want to be self-sufficient with your mentoring?

Mentoring Starter Package

Do you want to implement a new programme? Or enhance a programme you have already got running?

Mentoring is the most cost effective organisational development intervention you can use to develop, retain and motivate your employees. Bringing in external consultancy is not always an option, so based on our many years of developing and designing programmes we have produced a package to make you ‘experts’ overnight and to create the programme you need, quickly and hassle free.

It gives you a range of options, so if you do need a small element of consultancy support it is inbuilt but with the cost transparent upfront and with the intention of making you completely independent from day one! Continue reading

‘Tech-savvy and lazy?’, How to mentor millennials

Millennials at workThe way mentoring programme design was approached ten years ago needs to be reconsidered in the light of more recent generational differences in the workforce. By 2020 half the working population globally will come from the generation born between 1980 and 2000. As generations evolve, so do the methods for training, developing, coaching and mentoring people. Mentoring someone from the Millennial Generation (sometimes known as Generation Y) is not textbook developmental mentoring as we have experienced it previously. Understanding Millennials’ quite different career and value expectations is key if mentors are going to provide the right type of support to them, as well as the form of mentoring that Millennials relate best to, in order for organisational mentoring programmes to be effective.

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Mentoring — a 1000% ROI

Two business men meetingI’ve been shocked this week after some conversations at a conference about the number of organisations who are dismissing mentoring as ‘too labour intensive‘, ‘difficult to keep the energy in the programme‘ or just plain ‘ineffectual‘. Anyone who knows me and understands my passion for mentoring will immediately understand the emotional response this has created. In the seventeen years I have been working designing and developing mentoring programmes, I have found that organisations who are focused and structured in their approach to mentoring get amazing results and it is not difficult or particularly hard work if you know what you are doing. Continue reading

Mentoring in a VUCA world – ‘Future Proofing’ your people

In an era of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) what makes an organisation fit for the 21st Century? And what impact has the global financial/economic crisis had on organisational cultures?CM mountain top

Sadly some organisations have gone backwards and become more “controlling” culturally, whilst other organisations are courageously and riskily doing things differently hoping this will lead to survival and better things longer term. This requires a different mindset for the people, and mentoring can support that mental change.

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Skills Training Videos for Coaching and Mentoring

Skills-Training-Video How wonderful it would be to have that little ‘nugget’ of coaching or mentoring knowledge available to watch just when you needed it?  If you are responsible for delivering a coaching or mentoring programme then we have a range of these ‘nuggets’ available within our ‘off the shelf’ standard skills training videos, ready and waiting for you to use.  Alternatively we offer a bespoke product, where the subject matter and content of videos can be personalised to meet your specific needs.

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International Women’s Day – Finding your leadership style

attachmentI am saddened at the number of organisations that are still obviously male dominated and operate with an underlying patriarchal undertone, even with the enormous effort that has been put into creating equality in the workplace and publicity around the very positive impacts of having gender balance in senior leadership.

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Does a Woman need a Sponsor rather than a Mentor?

Sponsorship for Women

A woman protégéeFormal and informal mentoring relationships exist in many organisations. Within these mentoring relationships the mentor may take many roles: being a role model, a sounding board, helping build networks and career support, sometimes simply being there to listen and challenge. However, linked to mentoring, but with clear differences is the role of a sponsor. Is it actually more beneficial for a woman who is seeking to break through the ‘glass ceiling’ to have a sponsor rather than an organisational mentor? Or perhaps she should be greedy and have both!

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