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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 L&D objectives. Don’t set up a programme just because it’s a ‘good thing to do’. Emergent, organic, informal programmes are always a mess, miss most of the potential benefits and do not create engagement. You must plan carefully to achieve robust formal mentoring. Poor selection […]

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MENTORING – BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

A further exploration into some of the darker aspects of mentoring as Lis Merrick considers how dependency and intimacy can evolve in mentoring relationships After covering power and transference in mentoring in the last issue, I felt it appropriate to consider some of the difficulties that can be created by close emotional engagement between mentor and mentee. An effective developmental relationship, with trust, rapport and respect as integral elements, will naturally create an emotional bond in the mentoring pair. It may then become difficult to ‘let go’ at the end of the relationship. If the winding-up phase is not handled […]

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NEWS TRENDS: ARE YOU ON TOP OF YOUR GAME?

As we move further into 2018, we asked prominent industry leaders and thinkers to share their vision for what lies ahead. Part 2: trends and challenges in coaching supervision, coach training and mentoring   Coaching supervision For many practitioners in 2018, tightening time constraints in our full-on working world and squeezed budgets mean it will be a stretch to commit to supervision this year. Yet getting quality supervision is becoming increasingly important as a way for discerning organisations and for practitioners to show they’re on top of their game. In addition, as more and more coaches work with teams, supervision […]

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MENTORING: TALES FROM THE ‘DARK SIDE’

Shining the light on the ‘darker side’ of mentoring, Lis Merrick explores how mentees can feel under pressure to ‘please’ or be compliant with their mentors Working in mentor supervision with talent, graduate and diversity programmes in recent years, I have become conscious of some mentees being keen to either ‘please’ their mentors, or feeling obliged or even slightly coerced to comply with what the mentor wants them to do. This happens not just in sponsorship programmes, but also in programmes set up and run as developmental mentoring. There are a number of causes for such behaviours, but I want […]

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THE ART IN MENTORING

Successfully promoting innovation and creativity among young creative people through mentoring means treading a delicate line, as the Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership has discovered. Carmelina Lawton Smith reports As director of the Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership (OYAP Trust), Helen Le Brocq has worked with vulnerable young people and young emerging artists/practitioners for many years and has become a highly sought expert on how best to apply mentoring in this context. The people Le Brocq works with often aim to build a career in the arts, yet have experienced an education system that didn’t value their creativity and innovative capability. Their […]

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MENTORING: MY FLASH OF INSPIRATION

Lis Merrick explores how organisations are increasingly turning to ‘flash mentoring’ to support their employees   Some of you may remember the 1980s film Flash Gordon and its theme song by Queen, with a smile on your face. I am evoking this memory for a reason. Flash Gordon was seen as a miracle and king of the impossible. In fact, band member Brian May’s words to this song resonate when I consider how a flash mentor can be perceived in some organisations, as the panacea for all quick injections of learning. In the fast-paced world we all operate in, being […]

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OYAP Trust mentoring case study – Hannah Bruce

OYAP Trust works with young people aged 7-25, especially those most isolated, vulnerable and at risk using inspirational arts projects to encourage and support development. It uses creativity and the arts to provide opportunities to learn, develop skills, gain confidence and realise potential. It does this by working in partnership with inspirational artists and the wider community, enabling participants to realise their own personal, social and leadership skills, becoming catalysts for change in their own lives and in their communities. OYAP case study – Hannah Bruce Hannah Bruce was one of the OYAP mentees who, after a difficult adolescence, joined the Stepping […]

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MENTORING: STAY WITH US PLEASE

Lis Merrick explores how organisations use mentoring to support employee engagement and retention The focus on employee engagement and retention in the past 10 years has developed because of the shortage of talent in some parts of the workforce. The ‘war for talent’, as it is sometimes described, has highlighted the lack of skilled and experienced people available and encouraged employers to really concentrate on fostering employee engagement and motivation. Benefits of employee engagement Research has demonstrated that engaged employees increase profit, revenue growth, customer satisfaction, productivity, innovation, staff retention, efficiency and health and safety performance. Specifically, the Engage for […]

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ABB: A GLOBAL JOURNEY

ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB)’s coaching style OD ‘mentoring’ programme is bringing about a shift in culture and organisational growth. Dr Eunice Aquilina reports It may be helpful to draw distinctions between coaching and mentoring. In reality, I wonder if the name really matters, particularly if an intervention is succeeding. Certainly that’s the case with the programme I’ve partnered with ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB)’s L&D team to design and deliver for the past eight years. Although it has the look and feel of a coaching programme, it’s actually an OD intervention aimed at cultivating a leadership culture. It’s called the Global […]

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CANADA: YOU’RE WELCOME

Canada currently has the highest population growth among the G7 nations, driven largely by newcomer immigrants. They’re now key to its future and mentoring is helping them adapt, and hopefully stay, reports Roxanne Reeves in Canada This year Canada is celebrating 150 years as a nation – one that believes, more than ever, that great ideas can come from anywhere. In small-town Canada, seasoned entrepreneurial mentors of newcomer immigrants are absorbing the ideas and insights of its new residents. Despite the significantly urban nature of immigrant settlement in the second half of the 20th century, smaller communities and cities are […]

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