Category Archives: Blog

Helping mentoring pairs stay connected

Helping mentoring pairs stay connected Across the many programs and thousands of mentors and mentees currently connecting via Art of Mentoring’s platform, we have seen two types of responses to mentoring since COVID-19 started. The first, and most productive, is when mentee and mentor acknowledge that the goal posts have shifted and agree on new […]

The Critical Art of Reflection

Reflection is a critical part of the process for mentoring pairs and for people who manage mentoring programs. A skilled mentor offers the mentee a quiet space in which to reflect on issues, on self, on interactions with others, and on systemic issues at play. As mentors become more experienced, they develop the ability to […]

Team Coaching Virtual Teams

Team coaching virtual teams Virtual teams have a number of differences compared with co-located teams. On the plus side, their geographical dispersion means that they can draw upon a wider and more diverse pool of talent. It is also easier to maintain 24-hour oversight of issues, if people are in multiple time zones. There is […]

Adaptation Mentoring

In this podcast, Art of Mentoring’s Melissa Richardson talks about Adaptation, Mentoring and Wellbeing with workplace wellbeing advisor, Thea O’Connor. Mentoring is a well-documented practice for supporting people through a transition, typically from study to work or from one career to another. The unfolding COVID-19 crisis of 2020 requires more than just a transition response. […]

11 Reasons Why You Should Be a Mentor  

Online Training for Mentees and Mentor Training Software Demo Situation Analysis Why you should be a mentor. We often hear the reasons people give for not becoming a mentor.  I don’t have time.  I don’t have the right skills.  My personality isn’t suitable.  For the most part these are excuses, not reasons.  We all have […]

Goal Setting & Measuring the Impact of Mentoring

A well-designed, well-executed and well-managed mentoring program will be very successful and sustainable. Done well, mentoring programs enjoy high engagement and participation rates, low dropout rates, high satisfaction and goal achievement. Mentors enrol year after year, and mentees return to mentor others. But, how can we best measure the impact a mentoring program has, and […]

Reciprocal Mentoring

In reciprocal mentoring, sometimes known as “co–mentoring”, two people work together through a mentoring process in which they both take on the roles of Mentor and Mentee. This could be done by each participating in both roles, or by each person taking a primary role as Mentor or Mentee, but being willing to exchange roles […]

Guide to Virtual Mentoring

Virtual mentoring – much better than “the best we can do…” A best-practice guide to virtual mentoring Art of Mentoring is a 100% virtual organisation – our employees are spread along the Australian east coast from Brisbane to Devonport, and for us, working from different locations and collaborating virtually is business-as-usual. Our clients are spread […]

Why mentoring programs derail (and what to do about it)

Why mentoring programs derail (and what to do about it) In 2016 and 2017 we surveyed companies and professional associations and found that only just over half were actually satisfied with the results being delivered by their mentoring programs. For the most part, dissatisfaction was to do with the difficulty of establishing and maintaining the […]

Responding with Intention: Leadership after Crisis

Responding with Intention: Leadership after Crisis In less than six months, bushfires have ravaged the environment, homes and livelihoods of thousands of Australians. The toll on human and animal life has been vast, sparking a resounding debate about the quality of our leadership in the face of this crisis. As we return to work after […]