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
Virtual Programme Manager Mentoring Services
At Coach Mentoring Ltd we understand what it is like trying to support your own mentoring programmes alongside all the other demands on your working time, so we have now introduced a virtual programme manager service. Jacki Mason and her team, all dedicated mentoring specialists, with proven track records in mentoring, provide this outsourcing service on a global basis. Continue reading
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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
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.