Springtime health check to optimise your mentoring!

Springtime health checkWith summer just around the corner, it is a good time to check your mentoring programme is in tip-top condition to keep it going over the holiday months and into the autumn. Effective formal mentoring needs nurturing and energising to deliver the best outcomes, so whether you are an external consultant or an internal co-ordinator then freshen up your programme before people start drifting off on their holiday.

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What mentees want from their mentors

What mentees wantThe more self-aware a mentor can be about their behaviour and the degree to which they listen to their mentee around what the mentee is looking for from them, the better the relationship can be.

This video explores two different and sometimes competing models of mentoring which are used globally. It also provides a simple and practical framework to help mentors understand how to behave effectively in an organisational mentoring programme.

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Vasectomy or Mindful Mentoring, what’s your choice for March?

In ancient Rome before Julius Caesar’s calendar reform, March was the first month of the year. It is the month when winter starts to end and spring begins. To me it feels like a fresh, new beginning each year, I’m always slightly sad that the ski season is coming to a close, but at home in Yorkshire, it means nature waking up and beautiful spring flowers. However, it is also apparently the worst month for productivity and the best month for vasectomies! March was actually named for the Latin Martius, or Mars, the Roman God of War. Incidentally, the Pentagon still seems to agree with this Roman tradition: with the exception of the recent War on Afghanistan, almost all major US-NATO led military operations since the invasion of Vietnam have begun in the month of March. Probably best we send the Pentagon on holiday in March in future! Continue reading

Does Queen Bee Syndrome make women cruel?

Queen bee syndrome Organisations may face a higher risk of losing female employees who experience female instigated rudeness as they report less satisfaction at work and increased intentions to quit their current jobs in response to these unpleasant experiences. This is according to a new study to be published shortly in the Journal of Applied Psychology by a team led by Allison Gabriel of the University of Arizona.

Queen Bee Syndrome has always been with us, women can be terribly cruel to those underneath them in the hierarchy and pull the ladder up behind them, rather than extend it down to support them in their career progression. If women have had a tough time becoming successful in their career, some women, rather than become the great role model and mentor they could be, feel other junior women coming up behind them are a threat and deciding to either be unpleasant to them or deliberately block their career path.

So how much of an issue is Queen Bee Syndrome in organisations and is it impacting the increase in numbers of women into the Board Room? Continue reading

Postgraduate Certificate taught by leading coaching and mentoring experts!

PGC in Coaching & MentoringA collaboration with Leeds Business School, a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring for Leadership in Organisations

This state of the art Postgraduate Certificate (PGC) is unique in that it can be delivered completely virtually if this works more effectively for your organisation. It is designed to develop highly effective internal coaches and mentors who are competent to coach and mentor within their organisations, develop leadership capability and provide a high calibre coaching and mentoring resource internally.

Our Postgraduate Certificate will provide all the skills practice, competence preparation and knowledge necessary to achieve this and remember it can be delivered virtually if this is easier for your coaches and mentors! Continue reading

Keep your Mentoring Programme fresh and vibrant!

Positive mentoringThe Mentoring Expert Webinars with David Clutterbuck and Lis Merrick are designed to provide continuing support and development for mentors. They are available to any mentoring programme, whether in-company or for a professional association or not-for-profit. Each is designed to last for 60 minutes, including 15 minutes of questions. Participants are also encouraged to send in their experiences and questions on the topic ahead of time, so the webinar can be partially customised to their needs. Continue reading

Three webinars to make your mentoring succeed

Signposting clients to useful mentoring ideasWe 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 or stop them making mistakes, these webinars will be useful for you to join. Continue reading

Mentoring and Coaching malaise? Spring clean your programmes!

Spring clean your programmesI just love the spring, with daffodils and tulips out in the garden, the bluebells beginning to peep through in our local wood, longer days and sunshine brightening up our lives, it is a time of renewal, recharging, refreshing and spring cleaning!

So don’t confine this just to your personal lives. With summer just around the corner, it is a good time to check that your mentoring and internal coaching programmes are in great condition to keep them going over the holiday months and into the autumn. So many programmes tend to launch or set up new cohorts in the autumn and now is the time of year they drift into a malaise and loose momentum. Effective mentoring and coaching needs to be nurtured and energised to deliver the best outcomes, so whether you are in HR, L&D or an external consultant then ‘clean up’ your programmes at this time of year.  Continue reading