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.
I’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
‘Coaching & Mentoring: Developing the next generation of leaders’
20th October 2016
12 – 5pm
The Royal York Hotel,
York, YO24 1AA
Special Early Bird offer: £95 + VAT pp
book by 15th July to receive this offer.
Standard price £120 +VAT pp
Join us for an inspiring and informative day:
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.
How wonderful it would be to have that little ‘nugget’ of coaching or mentoring knowledge available to watch just when you needed it? If you are responsible for delivering a coaching or mentoring programme then we have a range of these ‘nuggets’ available within our ‘off the shelf’ standard skills training videos, ready and waiting for you to use. Alternatively we offer a bespoke product, where the subject matter and content of videos can be personalised to meet your specific needs.
An exciting programme from Coach Mentoring Ltd
More than 30 years of research into mentoring fundamentals and good practice around the world have gone into the development of an exciting new mentoring programme, aimed at developing the skills of both mentors and mentees.
I am saddened at the number of organisations that are still obviously male dominated and operate with an underlying patriarchal undertone, even with the enormous effort that has been put into creating equality in the workplace and publicity around the very positive impacts of having gender balance in senior leadership.
Sponsorship for Women
Formal 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!
Supporting 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