Mentoring Programme Development

Mentoring Programme DesignLis Merrick introduced her first mentoring programme in 1992 into Merrill Lynch European Investment Banking. She followed this experience by working with an ESF project to develop women’s mentoring nationally in non-traditional fields such as engineering and construction. Since 2004, together with her team at Coach Mentoring Ltd she has built up considerable expertise in the design, development and operational support of organisational mentoring programmes. Her aim is to emulate the most successful characteristics of informal mentoring but to maximise its effectiveness within an organisation by developing these in a more formal context.

How to setup a mentoring programme

At Coach Mentoring Ltd we can help you to set up a mentoring programme. We create both bespoke programmes and support with off-the-shelf products for our clients. We pride ourselves on our state of the art mentoring ideas. Coach Mentoring Ltd innovates and creates mentoring solutions to develop the most focused and effective intervention for our clients, ensuring that the desired organisational outcomes are delivered. Developmental dialogues can take many forms and you may want to consider group mentoring, reverse mentoring, situational mentoring or a hybrid of sponsorship and developmental mentoring for your talent programmes. So we can offer personalised consultancy but also offer our Mentoring Starter Package so you can purchase all the information and templates to set up your own programme without external consultancy support.

Developing an effective Mentoring Programme

Mentoring Programme - Key Elements of good design

There is an art to designing a mentoring programme properly and following a fool-proof process, as illustrated above, will ensure you get the right results. This concept has developed out of many years of developing mentoring programmes for all sectors and cultures. You can also use it to check your current programme’s operational readiness and effectiveness.

When thinking about what the requirement is for mentoring and how is it going to add value or contribute strategically to your organisation, it is so important to identify what the business and organisational objectives are to be satisfied by the mentoring programme and what outputs or success factors you are seeking to obtain? Mentoring today is required to be much smarter with regard to evaluation and its value as a cost effective way of development needs to be evident and justified from the beginning of the programme’s inception.

Contact us now to discuss this process or your mentoring programme requirements, whether you are starting a new scheme, energising an existing programme or have support or evaluation requirements, we can help!

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Designing Mentoring Programmes in a VUCA world

The turbulence, continuous flux and continuous rapid change of recent years, is not going away. We live in a VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. From Brexit to terrorist attacks, to the impact of constantly changing technology and financial markets, we all experience a VUCA world first hand.  So what are we learning from our evaluation of mentoring programmes operating in this context?

Come and talk to us about more of the things we have learned about mentoring programmes in a VUCA environment and read our blog on Operating in a VUCA World.