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Worried about your leadership bench strength?

Worried about your leadership bench strength? According to Gartner,1 building leadership bench strength is a major priority in 2019 for 67% of heads of human resources and 78% of talent management leaders globally. Yet most discussions about mentoring centre on the role of mentors in creating great leaders. If we turn it around, can mentoring […]

Mind your Mentoring Mindset

Coming from a Mentoring Mindset  Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting Cathy Burke in our webinar “Mentoring Women Under the Spotlight”. As CEO of The Hunger Project, Cathy spent much of her career working with women and men in villages in Africa and the east, supporting them to break the poverty cycle for themselves. […]

I’m a Mentor, Now What?

I’m a Mentor, Now What? In our work with thousands of mentors, we typically see three different reactions to taking on the role of mentor inside an organisation or membership body (gender irrelevant; names are used just to describe the personae):    1. Over-Confident Orlando Orlando has been a manager for over a decade, so […]

The 3 Best Ways to Build Trust for Mentors

The three best ways for mentors to build trust… and you might not like it! Trust between mentor and mentee is said to be the cornerstone of an effective mentoring relationship. It can take time and sometimes a little effort to build trust and rapport, but it’s worth the trouble. The very nature of the […]

The Coach-AI Partnership 

The Coach-AI Partnership  If coaches are to benefit from the rise of Artificial Intelligence, then they will need to embrace the new technology and integrate it with their practice. But what does that mean?  The coach-AI partnership fulfills several functions:   It provides real-time information about what is going on in the conversation, in the client […]

How Mentoring Can Facilitate Mergers 

How mentoring can facilitate mergers   The immediate aftermath of a merger poses a number of major challenges. While many of these challenges relate to integration of systems and structures, the people challenges are often the most difficult and long lasting. In particular:  Ensuring that senior level talent does not leave. Headhunters target merger situations, because the uncertainty causes people to […]

Five Ways Mentoring Solves Most Engagement Issues (and why it matters)

Five ways mentoring solves most engagement issues (and why it matters) Organisations spend a great deal of money on turnover-related expenses each year. Many also invest heavily in engagement surveys, in an effort to predict where they’re vulnerable to low productivity and loss of key talent. Engagement has been found to contribute to a raft […]

How ethical mentoring can make a difference

Ethical mentoring can manage reputational risk It seems every day, there is another story of organisations, which were once respected, betraying the trust of their stakeholders. The scenes at Fifa (pronounced Thiefa), when staff applauded the boss, who had presided over years of corrupt practice, may have seemed inexplicable. Yet they demonstrate just how easily […]

Humour in Mentoring

Finding the Funny Side of Mentoring When asked to describe the mentor or coach they would dread, learners typically refer at some point to the person without a sense of humour. Not surprisingly, mentors and coaches have similar feelings about trying to form developmental relationships with humourless learners. The person who is too intense, too […]

Employee-Led Mentoring

How to Support Employee-Led Mentoring Programmes One of the biggest barriers to widespread use of mentoring in organisations is HR time and focus. Lean HR teams in many companies have a wide range of urgent tasks and projects that tend to take priority over deep learning initiatives. Minimum effort solutions, involving matching platforms that put […]