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 →
Welcome to the first in a series of three articles as we lead up to International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2017, in which we consider the issue of ambition for women. Ambition still seems to be an obstacle for some women when developing their careers. Women’s presence on the Board has been proved to add competitive advantage to an organisation and despite there being roughly the same numbers of women and men in the workforce, there is still an unbalanced ratio in favour of men in more senior leadership roles. In the last two decades, many employers have shown enthusiastic commitment to gender diversity and women have made enormous strides in being able to compete on the same playing field as men at work, so what is going on? Continue reading →
The 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.
It never fails to amaze me in my conversations with HR and L&D Professionals how many of them absolutely agree with me, that coaching is a des
red leadership behaviour, but under examination, it is not one particularly evident or valued in their own organisation. Of course, there is always one ‘good person’ on the senior management team who is a champion, but can’t seem to get traction. Or some middle managers, who are pushing the cause. However, it is so rare to find a ‘real’ energised coaching culture in any organisation. The best you can hope for are pockets of evangelists, who fly the flag for coaching and have partial success until their ‘ring leader’ leaves, or is deposed or fired! Continue reading →
Here is your opportunity to experience the process of Team Coaching; to discuss the issues and dilemmas of a Team Coaching intervention; and, to realise the power and potential of Team Coaching as a Leadership and Team Development intervention all under the safe tutelage of Dr Julia Claxton and Dean Horsman of Leeds Beckett University. Continue reading →
Focussing on coaching and mentoring solutions, the conference brings together a wealth of practical knowledge and experience, to inspire and inform the development of the next generation of leaders within your organisation.
Our speakers are drawn from wide-ranging backgrounds, including academia, consultancy and the private sector. Each brings with them a vast amount of knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm, to inspire and equip you with pragmatic coaching and mentoring interventions.
Coach Mentoring Ltd clients include: BT, Amazon, Associated British Foods plc, MetLife, Cognizant, Unicef UK and Save the Children. Read on for further in-depth information on the agenda for the day, the speakers & workshop topics. Continue reading →
Following on from the enormous success of the ‘Coaching and mentoring in a VUCA world‘ talks and webinars run during International Coaching Week, we are delighted to announce 2 full day workshops on the topic, later this year. The workshops will again be lead by Coach Mentoring Ltd’s Managing Director, Lis Merrick, and are suitable for coaches, mentors, HR and L&D professionals. Continue reading →
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Focussing on coaching and mentoring solutions, this conference brings together a wealth of practical knowledge and consultancy experience, to inspire and inform the development of the next generation of leaders within your organisation. Designed with the HR professional in mind, the conference will provide pragmatic coaching and mentoring interventions to help maximise the leadership development of individuals and teams within your organisation.