Courageous Networking

Extracted from DDI White Paper – Strong Start to Job Success  by: Dr W C Byham with MDQ comments on the application in coaching and mentoring Courageous Networking defined Courageous Networking is the proactive relationship-building and information-seeking behaviour that new hires engage in to help them become quickly proficient in the job. The name “courageous” networking…

Applying the learning back home

In many mentoring programmes people are paired up from different organisations or from distant parts of the same organisation, and therefore face some potential hurdles for the mentee in applying learning from the mentoring relationship back home in the mentee’s job situation. Does your mentor really understand the issue? Where both the mentor and mentee…

Building a Career – What helps women and what doesn’t

2011 research by the global consultancy Accenture[1] conducted in 29 countries among 3 400 executives revealed some interesting information. Although the main findings of the study were around high levels of dissatisfaction with current jobs, a more detailed look at the study reveals what women thought had made a difference in their careers. The most…

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…

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…

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…