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COACHING AT WORK AWARD WINNERS 2017

PRESS RELEASE – 11 July 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A host of movers and shakers received accolades for their contributions to the coaching profession, at this year’s Coaching at Work Awards.   The awards were announced by editor Liz Hall at a ceremony at the end of the annual Coaching at Work conference in London on 5 July, […]

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MENTORING: TALK TO THE FACE

Lis Merrick considers the increasing trend in both virtual mentoring and delivering such programmes virtually In my early mentoring consultancy, it was usual for mentoring pairs to meet face-to-face and for preparation to be one or two days of face-to-face training for mentors and possibly mentees. Nowadays, about half of the mentoring programmes I work […]

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MENTORING: GO GIRLS, GO!

Lis Merrick explores the most recent innovative practice in mentoring female talent Women’s presence on the board has been proven to add competitive advantage to a business (Grant Thornton International; Davies Review, both 2015). Yet, despite about the same number of women and men in the workforce, there’s still an imbalance in favour of men […]

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STURGEON WILL MENTOR YOUNG WOMAN FOR A YEAR

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has launched a competition to find a woman between 18 and 23 years old to mentor for a year. She’s also called on women in leadership roles to follow her example and become mentors too. “I’m determined to play my personal part by becoming a mentor and I would urge […]

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MENTORING: GROWING UP WITH THE INTERNET

In our latest column on mentoring, Lis Merrick explores successful practice in mentoring for Millennials   By 2020 half the working population globally will come from the generation born between 1980 and 2000, so it’s really important to consider generational differences when designing mentoring programmes. Mentoring someone from the Millennial generation (also known as Generation […]

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MENTORING: CREATING CHEMISTRY

In our latest column on mentoring, we explore how to support cross-cultural mentoring programmes By Lis Merrick We operate in a globalised business environment, where multicultural organisations view their talent globally and where borders are removed when considering flows of tacit knowledge and expertise. Fantastic for opportunity and access to diversity, but it can create […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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MENTORING: WHAT IS THIS: MENTORING OR COACHING?

In our latest column on mentoring, we look at the confusing trend of how some mentoring programmes are adopting a more tangible coaching approach under the guise of mentoring By Lis Merrick   As a consultant working in the field of mentoring and coaching, I get very used to being asked: “So what is the […]

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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 […]

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