Have you ever struggled to draw out your coachee or mentee in a conversation? Have you experienced difficulties with engagement in an agreement setting conversation? If so, these cards will support you to have easier conversations. Interactive and stimulating, with beautiful photography; use these cards to facilitate your conversations with individuals, or as aids in your own self-reflection exercises. Continue reading
We are delighted to invite you to join Lis Merrick for three free webinars on some state of the art mentoring topics this winter. Whether you are interested in introducing a quick, effective mentoring intervention, like Flash Mentoring or supporting your mentors in their CPD to stop them making mistakes, these webinars will be useful for you to join. Continue reading
In collaboration with Professor David Clutterbuck‘s Coaching and Mentoring International (CMI) we have pleasure in inviting you to a unique webinar series which brings together some of the world’s leading mentoring experts to share their mentoring knowledge and experience.
If you are interested in leading-edge mentoring programmes that are effective and provide a real return-on-investment, then don’t miss this opportunity to learn from international experts.
The first webinar is on diversity mentoring programmes.
In partnership with Leeds Beckett University, a Post Graduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring for Leadership in Organisations*
The programme is designed to develop highly effective internal coaches and mentors who are competent to work within their organisations and can provide a trained coaching and mentoring resource internally.
The programme will provide all the skills practice, competence preparation and knowledge necessary to achieve this.
A quick look at how to get that healthy buzz back again
Are you supporting, motivating and creating the most effective mentoring relationships in your programme? Well, if you are like most organisations then you probably start off with great intentions of doing this through the life of your programme and start off with a flourish, but then budget constraints kick in, or other priorities take over and you find six months down the line your mentors haven’t had a check in or support or supervision since the programme launched. Continue reading
A closer look at Imposter Syndrome
In my final post for International Women’s Day, I am going to consider the issue of Imposter Syndrome. This can have a dramatic impact on a woman’s ambition. It used to be thought of as the domain of the high woman achiever. However, it is a syndrome also experienced by men.
Amy Cuddy in her book ‘Presence’ talks about it being a female rather than a male issue. She says men are far less likely to talk about it. They fear social punishment for failing to conform to social stereotypes, i.e. that men are assertive and confident. Two psychologists Clance and Imes originally termed the condition from their clinical experience. They found it occurs much less frequently in men and when it does occur, it is far less intense. However, more recent research published by the International Journal of Behavioural Science in 2011, shows that 70% of men and women have experienced it at some point in their lives. Millennial’s may suffer from Imposter Syndrome even more. They have commenced their careers at a time of extreme technological pace, where there are constant comparisons on social media between peer group members.
Barriers to women’s ambition
In my second article leading up to International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2017 I am considering how despite all the time, money and great intentions which have been put into building a more diverse talent pipeline in many organisations, there are still some basic barriers, which have not been removed and get in the way of women feeling and being more upwardly mobile. A Bain Study in 2015 illustrates that an employee’s early employment experience influences their confidence in whether to actively pursue a C-suite career or not. Some of the erosion of or challenges facing ambition come down to factors such as whether women are perceived as ‘ideal workers’, whether they are getting sufficient support from their own direct supervisor, the organisation’s leadership development process and the dearth of real role models. These types of barriers can be explored and supported through coaching and mentoring relationships. Continue reading