MENTORING: FAIL-SAFE PLANNING

There are several reasons why formal mentoring programmes don’t succeed. Lis Merrick explains how you can avoid the common pitfalls Why do mentoring programmes fail? Here are my top nine problems to watch out for when designing and running a programme.   Poor planning Ensure the programme is linked to the organisation’s strategic HR or […]

MENTORING – BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

A further exploration into some of the darker aspects of mentoring as Lis Merrick considers how dependency and intimacy can evolve in mentoring relationships After covering power and transference in mentoring in the last issue, I felt it appropriate to consider some of the difficulties that can be created by close emotional engagement between mentor […]

MENTORING: TALES FROM THE ‘DARK SIDE’

Shining the light on the ‘darker side’ of mentoring, Lis Merrick explores how mentees can feel under pressure to ‘please’ or be compliant with their mentors Working in mentor supervision with talent, graduate and diversity programmes in recent years, I have become conscious of some mentees being keen to either ‘please’ their mentors, or feeling […]

MENTORING: MY FLASH OF INSPIRATION

Lis Merrick explores how organisations are increasingly turning to ‘flash mentoring’ to support their employees   Some of you may remember the 1980s film Flash Gordon and its theme song by Queen, with a smile on your face. I am evoking this memory for a reason. Flash Gordon was seen as a miracle and king […]

OYAP Trust mentoring case study – Hannah Bruce

OYAP Trust works with young people aged 7-25, especially those most isolated, vulnerable and at risk using inspirational arts projects to encourage and support development. It uses creativity and the arts to provide opportunities to learn, develop skills, gain confidence and realise potential. It does this by working in partnership with inspirational artists and the […]

MENTORING: STAY WITH US PLEASE

Lis Merrick explores how organisations use mentoring to support employee engagement and retention The focus on employee engagement and retention in the past 10 years has developed because of the shortage of talent in some parts of the workforce. The ‘war for talent’, as it is sometimes described, has highlighted the lack of skilled and […]

MENTORING: DON’T RUSH RAPPORT

Lis Merrick explores how a lack of trust can ruin mentoring relationships in formal programmes and how good design can prevent it Over the past year, several mentoring programmes I have been working on have experienced real difficulties with trust among their participants. What is going on? Since the 2008 recession, many organisations have been […]

MENTORING: TALK TO THE FACE

Lis Merrick considers the increasing trend in both virtual mentoring and delivering such programmes virtually In my early mentoring consultancy, it was usual for mentoring pairs to meet face-to-face and for preparation to be one or two days of face-to-face training for mentors and possibly mentees. Nowadays, about half of the mentoring programmes I work […]

MENTORING: GO GIRLS, GO!

Lis Merrick explores the most recent innovative practice in mentoring female talent Women’s presence on the board has been proven to add competitive advantage to a business (Grant Thornton International; Davies Review, both 2015). Yet, despite about the same number of women and men in the workforce, there’s still an imbalance in favour of men […]

MENTORING: GROWING UP WITH THE INTERNET

In our latest column on mentoring, Lis Merrick explores successful practice in mentoring for Millennials   By 2020 half the working population globally will come from the generation born between 1980 and 2000, so it’s really important to consider generational differences when designing mentoring programmes. Mentoring someone from the Millennial generation (also known as Generation […]