MENTORING – MAY WE HAVE THIS DANCE?

To mark the publication of her 50th column for this magazine on mentoring, Lis Merrick explores how mentoring consultancy has developed and how, given its evolution, you can still add value to your ‘expert’ clients   I had a major lightbulb moment when teaching consultancy skills recently. I realised that the theoretical models we were […]

MENTORING: CRACKING THE CULTURAL CODE

How can we support mentoring relationships involving different national cultures? Lis Merrick reports   With the rise in global mentoring programmes comes issues associated with the norms, beliefs and behaviours of different national cultures and how these can impact mentors and mentees working cross-culturally. In same national culture relationships, there tends to be an expectation […]

MENTORING: A RECIPE FOR DISASTER

Lis Merrick explores how to design a mentoring programme for the front line in the humanitarian sector This is the fastest mentoring intervention I have ever turned around, but one that has given me some of the greatest satisfaction in my mentoring career. So what was the context? International humanitarian advisers (the ‘surge’ team) were […]

MENTORING: LISTEN WITH CONFIDENCE

Lis Merrick explores the mentor’s confidence and how to develop it   Mentors should feel self-assurance and confidence in their role. However, there is also a balance between healthy confidence as a mentor and those mentors who spend most of the mentoring session talking about themselves.   How does low confidence arise? Some mentors feels […]

MENTORING: ARE WE SO DIFFERENT?

When training internal coaches and mentors, clients regularly ask me: What would you expect to cover in each curriculum? And can you use the same content for both roles? There are overlaps, so you can use the same content for parts of the coach and mentor preparation. However, there are also differences. Similarities In my […]

MENTORING: THE DREAM INTERNSHIP

In this column we explore how to design effective mentoring to support intern programmes. Lis Merrick reports The internship market is changing. Entry-level jobs have been turned by some employers into internships with no paid holiday or benefits and are sometimes totally unpaid as well. In some fields, unpaid internships can turn into paid internships. […]

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 […]