Mentoring as an Empowerment Tool

‘Mentoring is the most effective leadership development tool’ (Unn Solle from the Oslo Business School in Norway, speaking about a programme for women leaders at the European Mentoring and Coaching Centre conference, October 2002). Mentoring has been shown to make major contributions to retention and recruitment of talent, to succession planning, knowledge management, stress reduction…

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Unilever Global Mentoring Programme

Presented at the Coaching at Work Conference on 11 July 2012  |  Published in ‘Coaching at Work’ Unilever’s Global Mentoring Programme aims to guide its high-potential women into senior roles at the consumer goods giant. Now the course has evolved beyond mentoring, and into sponsorship, too. Katherine Ray reports “The Unilever Global Mentoring Programme was launched…

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Why mentoring relationships fail

Structured mentoring programmes, introduced by many organisations, often as part of good practice in transformation initiatives, involve “matching” a mentor to a mentee – usually through the choice of the mentee. Sometimes, despite good intentions from all involved, the ensuing mentoring relationship runs into problems, and then sometimes collapses. What might have gone wrong? Clarity…

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