Distraction: the destroyer of discipline in team development

Here’s a scenario that is all too familiar in the life of a facilitator working with a team. So, you have been asked to facilitate a team program for a team that wants to become a high performing team, or, they just want to perform better. You can safely assume that there is something lacking…

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Reverse Mentoring

Also known as “upward mentoring”, reverse mentoring turns the traditional hierarchical approach to mentoring on its head. Rather than having a senior player take a less experienced player “under their wing”, reverse mentoring relationships place the more senior person as the primary learner and emphasise the experience of the junior person. The objective of reverse…

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The Business Case for Mentoring

Many organisations and individuals today know that the business and economic benefits of a well-structured mentoring program can be significant. They understand that mentoring delivers way beyond a “feel good” factor. This article explores the sound economic reasons to embark on a mentoring program. Want to know what a well-structured mentoring program looks like? Click…


Retaining Staff Through Mentoring

We know that retaining good staff is critical to company success. Keeping good people saves us the time and money needed to train or retrain new people. It keeps productivity levels humming. Perhaps most important it retains the credibility of our organisations, keeping customers and other key stakeholders confident in our ability to deliver. We…

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Mentoring What’s In It For Me?

We are often asked about the advantages of mentoring to the various stakeholders involved. Whether you’re a mentee, mentor or a line manager, there’s something in it for you. Mentoring programs do not just benefit the mentees. Mentors find tremendous learning and development opportunities of their own. It is important that the mentee’s line manager is…


Mentoring Troubleshooting Guide

Are you facing some issues with your mentoring program? Lacking rapport? Run out of things to speak about? Failing to gain a response? Missing meetings? Unrealistic goals? Tough conversations? A well supported mentoring program can help the final outcome. The mentoring troubleshooting guide is a tool to help support your mentees and mentors have a…

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Mentoring Defined

mentor: (noun) an experienced and trusted adviser. mentoring: (verb) advise and train someone. Broadly speaking the Oxford Dictionary offers an adequate definition of mentoring. But in practice Australian organisations employ a broad spectrum of mentoring approaches. Developmental Mentoring, supported by consultancies such as Horizons Unlimited, tends toward the latter end of the spectrum. The focus…

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Mentoring and Sponsorship

There is growing impatience across Australia with the slow pace of change in the advancement of women in business. Recently we have seen a surge in female Board appointments in large Australian listed companies, but this is proving difficult to sustain and is not replicated in the pipeline of senior executive women from which Board…


Ethical Mentoring

What is ethical mentoring? Mentoring programs have historically been established to foster career and skills development. Ethical mentoring takes a different approach in that is aimed squarely at fostering good ethical decision-making and an ethical culture. Ethical mentoring involves a confidential relationship, usually between peers, aimed at helping the mentee to resolve specific ethical dilemmas…


Create a Coaching & Mentoring Culture

“When you create a culture of coaching, the result may not be directly measurable in dollars. But we have yet to find a company that can’t benefit from more candor, less denial, richer communication, conscious development of talent, and disciplined leaders, who show compassion for people” – Sherman and Freas (2004), “The Wild West of…