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 […]

MENTORING: POWER TO THE PEERS

In our latest column dedicated to mentoring, we look at group mentoring. Does it really exist, and if so, is it a useful learning intervention? By Lis Merrick   Opinion is very divided on whether group mentoring is the same as action learning. Indeed, there is, so far, almost no literature on group mentoring. So […]

GENDER REASSIGNED

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 […]

STREET WISE

Mentoring In our latest column dedicated to mentoring, we look at ways a mentor can support vulnerable young people. This issue: beginning a journey that is safe for mentor and mentee DUNCAN DYASON AND LIS MERRICK Neglected children can face poor life outcomes, but mentoring interventions can reverse such negative pathways During the late 1990s, […]