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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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FCC LAUNCHES ‘GO-TO’ ONLINE KNOWLEDGE PORTAL

The multi-stakeholder group, the Future of Coaching Collaboration (FCC), has launched a website designed specifically to enable anyone involved in developing original knowledge in coaching to share links to the activities and projects that contribute to the development of the knowledge base of coaching.   The aim is for the website to be the ‘go-to’ place […]

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SURVEY: ONLY 28% OF COACHES TAKE CPD COACHING

EMCC 24th annual conference, Amsterdam, 11-13 April 2018 While coaches believe it’s important as a coach to be coached, not many are investing in coaching as part of their CPD, suggests a survey of 80 coaches. Eighty per cent of coaches responding to a survey carried out by Paul Stokes and Lis Merrick felt it […]

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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 […]

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PRESS RELEASE – COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018 – For immediate release 29 JUNE 2018

    This year’s Coaching at Work annual conference has the theme of creativity and innovation, which are much needed in our profession and in these challenging times. The conference brings together stimulating, respected and world-class speakers including Ernesto Spinelli, Louise Buckle, Maria Symeon, Lis Merrick, Thrive Partners, Rachel Ellison MBE, Louise Sheppard, Graham Lee, […]

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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 […]

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Are we good?

By Lis Merrick   In the latest in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at how to support mentors throughout the mentoring lifecycle. This issue: how checking in keeps relationships healthy   Mentoring sessions with ‘busy’ mentees need tending if they are to survive their lifecycle   The fundamental difference between successful, […]

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