International Mentoring Day

In the UK, a National Mentoring Day was created by Chelsey Baker, an award-winning business mentor, to help encourage and celebrate mentoring in all its forms. The idea has been taken up by Coaching and Mentoring International and activities are planned in countries around the world. A free webinar is on offer as follows: Date:…

Disabled People’s Learnerships

A South African Case Study of Mentoring in support of a learnership Improving access to employment opportunities and careers for people with disabilities is a key focus of the South Africa Employment Equity Act and the various Codes of Practice associated with the Act. Yet the challenge of doing something practical about it has exercised…

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…

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…