In the latest in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at designing mentoring to support women during and post their maternity leave. This issue: work and parenthood

The mother of all challenges

Lis Merrick and Nicki Seignot

Maternity mentoring is essential for new mums as they come to terms with life-changing events.

Our inspiration for this issue’s article is drawn from maternity mentoring schemes we have designed and implemented.

Our experience as coaches and working mothers, tells us that maternity leave represents a significant turning point as women re-evaluate work, career and life choices in the context of new and previously unimagined priorities.

With a number of maternity mentoring schemes in place, we offer some handy hints for creating a programme:

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Welcome to the October 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the October 2012 issue of the newsletter I’m filing this newsletter from Kansas University’s Global Summit on Coaching, in Lawrence. The town was established in 1854 by anti-slavery advocates and saw much bloodshed when it became a target for the nearby Missouri-based pro-slavery faction. Campaigning for change runs deep in its veins. And today too, Lawrence is a site for innovation. The Kansas Coaching Project, headed up by Jim Knight, has pioneered ‘instructional coaching’ (IC) in the field of education. Described as “on-site professional developers who teach educators how to use proven instructional methods,” Knight admits instructional coaches […]

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Quality assured

Against the backdrop of sweeping changes in the NHS, clients are reporting increased ability to manage organisational change, among other benefits, according to ongoing evaluation, say Sue Mortlock and Alison Carter The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has invested significantly in its executive coach register over the past seven years, in order to quality assure the external executive coaches it uses to coach its senior leaders. The rigorous recruitment to the register has been well-documented (Coaching at Work, vol 5, issue 1). What is less well-known is the work undertaken to evaluate the impact of the coaching this register undertakes. […]

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News: ICF global fee report reveals ‘huge variability’

Global coaching revenue is $1,979m; the average annual revenue generated by coaching globally is US$47,900 and the reported average global fee is $229 per coaching hour, according to research by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Meanwhile, the ‘typical’ coach is female, aged over 45 years and “third-level educated” (with a master’s or doctorate), according to the ICF’s final report released at the beginning of July. Sixty per cent of 12,133 respondents were educated to this level (compared to 17 per cent of the general US population, for example), while 90 per cent have a degree (compared to 30 per cent […]

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Road tests : It’s what you make it.

Coaching at Work road-tests the personality-based assessment tool Risk-Type CompassTM It’s what you make it. The tool What is it? The Risk-Type Compass™ is a personality-based assessment tool which, as its description suggests, seeks to help individuals explore their disposition to risk and their capacity to manage it. The tool has its roots in the financial and investment sectors. Independent financial advisers (IFAs) need to understand clients’ underlying appetite for risk so they can be best positioned to offer appropriate advice regarding suitable investment portfolios. With this in mind, a large IFA business approached the Psychological Consultancy (PCL) to develop […]

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Right here, right now

How can we be fully present for our clients when so many coaching models focus on the past – or the future, asks Vivien Whitaker, visiting research fellow, Coaching & Mentoring Research Unit, Sheffield Business School Being truly present is crucial for effective coaching. Yet many coaching models tend to take us into the past, while goal orientation may draw us precipitately into the future. How can we stay focused in the moment, giving our full attention to our client? Weick & Sutcliffe have noticed that many people operate mindlessly: “A tendency towards mindlessness is characterized by a style of […]

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Power up

Tired? Weary? Retreat coaching is beginning to gain ground as a way of helping clients recharge and re-evaluate their health, values and beliefs. Retreat coach Dorothy Larios creates time and space for her clients on coaching retreats. The age-old practice of retreating and connecting with self and source is the most valuable gift one can give oneself or someone who is tired and weary, says certified retreat coach Dorothy Larios. Coaches are well placed to offer this. “There is much to experience in the practice of retreating safely. Modern-day coaches can become well-equipped to meet the needs of those who […]

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Journey’s end

In the last of a two-part series on team coaching, Jill Fairbairns shares her tips for rolling out team coaching, by applying Peter Hawkins’ Five Disciplines model to a high performing team undergoing transformation A team coaching programme is rather like going on a journey. You start off clear about where you’re going and who’s coming along. Then people leave, storms blow up, you get lost or circumstances change and you want to go somewhere else instead. So you have to begin with an end in mind that will survive the change. The destination can be defined using a generic […]

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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 to consider how to ensure these relationships continue in a healthy and productive way. Let’s examine Step 6: 6 Supporting the programme How do you support mentors and their clients? In the course of our practice, when developing mentoring programmes, we have been faced with […]

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Toolbox – Pick a card, any card

Coaching at Work road-tests the Repertory Grid Interview 1 The tool What is it? Based on George Kelly’s Personal Construct Theory, developed and first published in 1955, the Repertory Grid Interview is a technique for identifying the ways that a person interprets or ‘construes’ and gives meaning to their experiences. According to Kelly (1955), we use our construct systems to make the process of understanding and navigating the world easier. ‘Constructs’ are ways of making sense of our experiences and perceptions and are not necessarily conscious and articulated. They are a basis for making distinctions. Our construct systems develop as […]

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