Tag Archives: coaching

Are you mentorable?

In her TED Talk “No one is talking to mentees” Victoria Black describes her research study which examined mentoring program websites across 187 post-secondary institutions. She found that only 19% addressed ‘mentorability’ by defining mentee characteristics and expectations, compared to 37% which defined mentor characteristics and expectations. Her conclusion? That, on the whole, mentoring programs […]

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 […]

Coaching: How Much Should Line Managers Give Direct Reports?

Coaching: it’s a natural assumption that the more coaching and mentoring a line manager gives his or her direct reports, the greater the positive impact on performance and engagement. In reality, however, according to a study by Gartner[1], there is very little correlation. The study suggests instead that quantity of coaching is much less important than […]

5 Tips on How to Coach and Mentor Perfectionists

5 Tips on How to Coach and Mentor Perfectionists Perfectionists are driven to succeed, strive to continually improve and work hard to avoid mistakes. Particularly when you have your own perfectionist tendencies (like me) it is easy to align perfectionism with diligence, excellence and well…perfection.  In fact, habitual perfectionism is in itself an imperfection. The […]

How to Help a Coachee or Mentee Develop Presence

How to help a coachee or mentee develop presence “Presence” is one of those easily recognisable but hard to define qualities. It plays a significant role in how we assess competence, promotability and other factors that make or break reputation and careers. So what exactly is presence? A pragmatic definition is: “Influencing others simply by […]

The 9 Key Elements of Talent Life Cycle

The 9 Key Elements of Talent Life Cycle Many companies limit the effectiveness of their talent management by taking a narrow perspective of what is involved – focusing on the aspects of identifying, development retention and promotion. In contrast, a systemic view of talent takes into account the whole Talent Life Cycle and consists of […]

Selecting and using an executive coach

Selecting and using an executive coach Executive coaches are used mainly by senior managers or professionals, to help them work on specific aspects of their performance. As a relatively expensive resource, it’s important to understand why you will benefit from having an executive coach, what the outcomes of the relationship will be and what kind […]

Helping your coachee or mentee pitch an original idea

Helping your coachee or mentee pitch an original idea A common misconception in organisations is that it’s easy to sell a good idea. The reality, as detailed in the book Originals, by Adam Grant, is quite the opposite. Among the misconceptions his and other research identify are that: Good new ideas are generally welcomed. The […]