MENTORING By Lis Merrick In our latest column dedicated to mentoring, we look at using gender when matching. Should we carry on minimising its effect, or start maximising it instead? So much matching actually seeks to play down the gender angle, but I believe that in effective design it is possible to use gender creatively to maximise relationship potential in different types of mentoring. Let’s consider mentor gender briefly in three types of programme: 1. Talent Mentoring Scandura and Ragins (1993) put forward the idea that the sex of the mentor in itself is too simplistic and that understanding common factors […]

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