Does your organisation have destructive leaders?

Or do you have pockets of evangelists?

Champion LeaderIt 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

Avoid stress, burn out and low productivity in your leaders

vuca-image-moving-fastOperating in a VUCA world

We all know the VUCA workplace is stressful, understand how to develop your leaders so that they can survive, thrive and be more productive in this volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world we operate in! Continue reading

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

Developing the next generation of leaders

Conference attendee20th October 2016
12 – 5pm
The Royal York Hotel,

York, YO24 1AA

Or call +44 (0) 1943 430107

 

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

Mentoring Starter Packages: Everything you need to get your mentoring programme up and running

Slide1It is widely accepted that mentoring benefits organisations and employees in a number of ways, and that setting up a programme is much more cost effective than bringing in external support.  The question is, how to begin?

If you’ve ever thought about developing and implementing your own internal mentoring programme, but not had a clue where to start, then one of our Mentoring Starter Packages, could be just what you need to get your programme off the ground.

These ‘off the shelf’ toolkits have been developed using Coach Mentoring Ltd’s vast experience of designing and delivering mentoring programmes, and are specifically aimed at supporting organisations in implementing their own internal mentoring programmes.

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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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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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Women’s Mentoring and making a crack in the ‘Glass Ceiling’!

Breaking through the glass ceilingSupporting women talent specifically requires a further lens on how you look at your talent mentoring design, so here are some pointers for when you are developing mentoring programmes specifically for female talent.

In our initial experience of designing mentoring to develop senior women, the outcomes included one wedding, five promotions, several large pay increases, cosmetic surgery and a bullied mentor!   So with the benefit of a number of women only mentoring programmes under our belts, use this checklist when designing a women’s mentoring programme: Continue reading