Mentoring blog

Shaking hands

Handshakes and body language

I’ve been thinking about handshakes and body language recently; it got me thinking about how we present ourselves in our professional lives. It is vital that mentors have insights into how they present themselves, and I argue here that they…

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Capacity

How many apprentices can you accommodate?

Apprenticeships are undoubtedly rising. In September, I wrote that the most popular subjects for apprenticeships (28%) were in business, administration and law. The highest climb in apprenticeships has occurred in the health, public services and care sector. And here, apprenticeships have roughly doubled…

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Making time

Making time for mentoring

We all experience intense pressures on our time. It is difficult to achieve a work-life balance, and the working day fills up with tasks you were expecting and those you didn’t plan for. Doing a job well often takes up…

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Induction

Inductions

Is it your responsibility as a mentor to contribute to the induction for your mentees, apprentices or students? A good induction can pave the way for a harmonious and productive relationship between you, your organisation and your mentees. As I…

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Mindfulness

Practising mindfulness, or just being mindful?

Should you practise mindfulness as a mentor? It seems the whole world has gone mindfulness-mad! Schools are jumping on the mindfulness bandwagon  with projects aimed at training staff to deliver mindfulness sessions to staff and students. The National Institute for Health…

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Asking for feedback

Asking for feedback on your mentoring?

I get the impression that mentors are reluctant to ask for feedback from their mentees. A few years back, I carefully prepared a feedback sheet designed for mentors to give their mentees. I also suggested that mentors could use the…

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Mentoring

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a unique form of learning partnership. Both parties gain – knowledge, wisdom and rewards flow in both directions,  although not equally. There are many different types of mentoring partnership. An adult may mentor a child or a youth, higher and…

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