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:…

Why volunteer as a mentor?

You can help someone change their life! We are all busy, and usually feeling over-loaded. Commitments at work and at home threaten to drown us – there’s never enough time. And now I am being asked to volunteer as a mentor! Are you mad? And anyway, I’m not sure I’m a good role model, and…

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…

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…