Mentoring – Taking care of business

LIS MERRICK AND PAUL STOKES How do we guide the developing mentoring relationship through to its successful conclusion? In the fifth in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at how to support, motivate and create the most effective mentoring. This issue: energising the relationship The mentoring relationships have begun. Now we need […]

Mentoring – A right pair

In the fourth in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at how to match mentoring pairs. This issue: a match made in heaven? Lis Merrick and Paul Stokes What does it take to make the perfect mentor and mentee match? Just keep it simple… Last issue we looked at how to recruit […]

Mentoring – Be prepared

In the third in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at how to recruit mentors and mentees and how to prepare them for the programme. This issue: successful engagement Lis Merrick and Paul Stokes Your mentoring programme is in place. Now you must target participants and get training Last issue we looked […]

Learning sector ‘revisits’ NOS for coaching

The move by one of the UK’s standard setting bodies to revisit National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Coaching and Mentoring is receiving a mixed response from interested parties. The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), the standard setting organisation for the lifelong learning sector, is reviewing the standards developed by the Employment National Training Organisation […]

Getting started…

Lis Merrick and Paul Stokes In the second in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at how a scheme designer should set up a programme. This issue: scheme purpose and influencing key stakeholders Before setting up a mentoring programme, check your rationale – and get some senior buy-in Our practice uses eight […]

Mums love Asda

Asda is supporting its female staff on maternity leave through coaching and mentoring to help retain talented women. The supermarket giant launched ‘Mum2Mum’ to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8 March. The scheme sees each mother-to-be assigned a mentor for a year from the business who is also a working mother. Participants will have […]

Top Rank mentoring support

The intellectual and emotional engagement of the top team has helped Rank Group roll out a successful mentoring programme for leaders, according to Rank’s programme designer Clutterbuck Associates (CA). The aim was to provide opportunities for professional and personal development and encourage networking. Lee Moody, head of learning and development at Rank Group, said: “We […]

Blair’s e-mentoring unlocks women’s potential

In emerging economies there is a much greater return on investing in female entrepreneurs than in males, said Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. The Foundation’s mentoring programme is believed to be one of the first international, cross-cultural programmes for women entrepreneurs. It has 30 mentoring pairs but aims for 1,000 […]

In the beginning…

In the first in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we take a look at the background and revival of this increasingly popular intervention. Lis Merrick and Paul Stokes Mentoring is enjoying a comeback, and is fast becoming a key element of L&D strategies Mentoring has been around since the great poet Homer wrote […]

Organisations to step up ‘informal’ learning

Organisations are planning to increase cheap internal activities such as peer mentoring and informal knowledge-sharing, says research by Henley. The majority of organisations will step up their learning and development activity in 2011. However, there has been a shift towards them doing it for themselves. Sixty-two per cent will increase informal knowledge-sharing among peers and […]