IDEAS IN ORBIT

In this two-part series, angel investor and coach/mentor Bridget Connell explores why and how to support women entrepreneurs. Part 1 highlighted the untapped potential in this group. In Part 2, she delves into what supporting women start-up entrepreneurs means in practice I’m passionate about supporting women in business. As I highlighted in Part 1* of […]

ENGAGING WITH EMENTORING

Universities are increasingly supporting students through mentoring and technology, helping them gear up for employment and encouraging diversity in the workplace, reports Sophie Hurst Young people entering the world of work today have different expectations than earlier entrants. They are more used to technology and multitasking and they want interaction. Yet some things haven’t changed. […]

MENTORING: CREATING CHEMISTRY

In our latest column on mentoring, we explore how to support cross-cultural mentoring programmes By Lis Merrick We operate in a globalised business environment, where multicultural organisations view their talent globally and where borders are removed when considering flows of tacit knowledge and expertise. Fantastic for opportunity and access to diversity, but it can create […]

MENTORING: WORKING IN A VUCA CONTEXT

In our latest column on mentoring, we consider lessons learned from mentoring programmes operating in a VUCA environment By Lis Merrick We live in a VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. From Brexit to terrorist attacks, to the impact of constantly changing technology and financial markets, we all experience a VUCA world first hand. […]

MENTORING: SUPER HERO OR A FRAUD?

In our latest column on mentoring, we consider how some organisational mentors can suffer from a type of ‘Imposter Syndrome’ By Lis Merrick Some recent upskilling of mentors, prompted me to write about this topic. I decided to use a slide outlining common mentoring dilemmas, with several groups of fairly new mentors. It made the […]

MENTORING: LISTEN, LEARN AND LEAD

A successful mentoring relationship benefits not only the mentee, but enhances the mentor’s leadership repertoire as well By Lis Merrick Having worked on the design and development of many mentoring programmes, I am still amazed at both the mentor’s development and the enhancement of their leadership behaviour. We pitch developmental mentoring as a two-way learning […]

MENTORING: LET US SHINE AND ADVANCE

In our latest column dedicated to mentoring, we look at how to implement a sponsorship mentoring programme By Lis Merrick In most organisations, mentoring is seen primarily as developmental, with the emphasis on empowering and enabling people to do things for themselves. In some organisations, though, particularly those wishing to support individuals perceived to be […]

SWAROVSKI: A SHINING EXAMPLE

When mentoring is used at individual, team and organisational levels its true potential is realised. Swarovski explains how its initiative is building a sense of community right across the global organisation By Emily Cosgrove   Over the past two years the internal mentoring initiative at crystal producer Swarovski has grown from the seeds of an […]