Category Archives: Blog

If I knew then what I know now… Reflections of HRDs internationally

Report of a study by David Clutterbuck Partnership, 2021 In mid 2021, with the help of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK (CIPD), and the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), Professor David Clutterbuck asked Human Resource Directors for their views on the question What do you know now that you would […]

Media Release: Mentor and Mentee of the Year 2021

Each year, to recognise International Mentoring Day on 27 October, Art of Mentoring invites mentees and mentors to nominate their deserving mentoring partners for the Mentor of the Year or Mentee of the Year Award. Mentees often describe their mentoring experiences as “life-changing”, and in 2021 we have heard many stories about the deep impact […]

Becomingness: a critical element of coaching and mentoring

GUEST BLOG One of the many myths of coaching and mentoring is that personal growth is primarily a planned activity – so coaches and mentors should concentrate on helping people to set and pursue goals. The reality is somewhat different. Human beings are growing and changing constantly and most of this evolution is unplanned, uncontrolled, […]

Why embark on STRATEGIC mentoring?

Anyone who has attended our webinars or read our blogs would know that for the program designers at Art of Mentoring, everything starts with organisational goals. Our fundamental philosophy is around “strategic mentoring” or a “strategic approach to mentoring”. It just makes sense to us that mentoring initiatives must be closely linked to what the […]

How to build a mentoring culture

Critical to business success is the creation of an environment where people want to join the organisation, perform and commit to stay. Yet, developing and sustaining a positive organisational culture is easier said than done. In The Ripple Effect, Melissa Richardson pointed to a set of human needs that, when met, can create positive organisational […]

Innovation and wellbeing – the key is human connection

Art of Mentoring recently partnered with the Australian HR Institute’s (AHRI) 2021 National Conference ‘Transform’. An impressive line-up of speakers from around the world presented data and findings on the current state of play. My main takeaway from the event was an affirmation and deeper understanding of what we’ve all been feeling – businesses need […]

Mentoring & Wellbeing

The benefits of mentoring for career-related outcomes are widely accepted. At Art of Mentoring, we know that mentees and mentors get much more from the relationship than they expect and that mentoring has positive impacts on wellbeing. Whilst there are many descriptions on what wellbeing encompasses, in the most general sense wellbeing is focused on […]

Reciprocal mentoring – key to diversity-focused culture change

GUEST BLOG It has taken a long time but suddenly business leaders have started to listen to what HR has been telling them for decades – it’s time to get serious about diversity. Among the problems in taking this beyond rhetoric, however, is that traditional recipes, such as implicit bias training, don’t work. The reason […]

Why mid-career public servants need mentoring

Time and time again, government agencies tell us that middle management and front-line management are the least engaged cohorts, based on their census or survey data. Like many organisations, government agencies often focus career development opportunities on new recruits, graduates, high potentials and on senior leaders. Layers in between, especially front-line staff who provide services […]

The Sticky Topic of Stuckness

Stuckness is a word we hear frequently in coaching and mentoring, but what does it mean? Here, Professor David Clutterbuck and Melissa Richardson have identified six kinds of stuckness in mentoring, each with its own context and challenges: When the mentor suddenly doesn’t know what to do or say next When the mentor feels trapped […]