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

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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Developing your Talent through Coaching and Mentoring

 Includes Best Practices, Insider Tips, and Additional Topics

Chronus Corporation, a leading provider of software for talent and career development, together with Lis Merrick of Coach Mentoring Ltd. will host a new webinar, “Developing Corporate Talent through Coaching and Mentoring,” on Wednesday, December 4, at 18:00 UK time. Continue reading

Designing a Mentoring Programme – Training Participants

Coach Mentoring ApprovedI have developed an eight-step approach to designing a mentoring programme with my clients. In this blog I am going to cover step 4, how to prepare the participants in a mentoring programme.

Preparation can involve anything for a short face to face briefing to a two day training programme, with many organisations opting for short virtual training webinars these days which can ensure a global talent mentoring programme for instance can be run on a very cost effective basis.

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