Mentoring News #11

Well for some of us winter is definitely here! What better way to spend a cold crisp morning or an evening in front of the fire indulging in some good reading and relaxing. This edition of Mentoring News has a focus on skilful questioning, a topic I have discussed in previous editions but one that can always be added to. Having the ‘Hard to Have’ conversations has become a significant area of interest for people attending my training workshops, so I have an article talking about this and offering a few suggestions for you. Plus a whole lot of other news and views.
Enjoy the read.

Handling those 'tricky' conversations  

One of the areas people are always interested in is knowing what questions to ask – of the mentee or of the mentor – and how to handle the difficult conversations. As you probably know or have experienced, not every mentoring conversation is an easy one; sometimes they can be uncomfortable and perplexing, for a whole range of reasons.

So being equipped with strategies and tools to help you navigate these situations is a good idea.
Knowing what questions to ask and having strategies for the ‘hard-to-have’ conversations is a big part of my mentor and mentee training workshops. Here are a few ideas for you……read on

Mentoring Hubs 

There are several mentoring models which help to frame and guide the mentoring relationship. For those of you who have participated in my training workshops, you will be familiar with these, such as the expert-novice model, the peer mentoring model, and group mentoring. Here is another model that may interest you: Mentoring Hubs.

Mentoring hubs can be established in your mentoring programme as an additional support strategy for your mentors and mentees. Based on the premise of a Community of Practice (CoP) or Professional Learning Community (PLC) but with a mentoring focus, mentoring hubs are comprised of groups of mentors and/or mentees who come together with a common topic of interest to discuss. Each member takes responsibility for determining the topic and facilitating the hub meeting.

You may have several hubs meeting across the organisation at the same time, as people will have different needs and different interests that a particular hub will support. How often mentoring hubs meet is up to what is practicable and will work in your mentoring programme. The important thing is that the hubs are set up so that your mentors and mentees can participate and engage in the meetings on a regular basis throughout the year.

If you would like to know more about how to set up mentoring hubs in your organisation or get some help establishing these in your programme, please contact me any time.


Including mentoring training for your mentors and mentees is, in my opinion and experience, an essential component of your mentoring programme. I have talked about training in a previous newsletter – edition #2 - stressing the point that mentoring training provides mentors and mentees with valuable information, insight, strategies and resources that arms them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to engage in effective mentoring relationships.

I wanted to share with you some feedback I received from people who participated in a series of Mentoring Masterclass workshops and a Thought Leader seminar I facilitated for the Queensland Public Service Commission in March this year. And yes, it is great to share what people think of my mentoring work; it is also useful to illustrate how mentoring training contributes to an organisation’s mentoring programme success and development, which these comments provide…….read on

New look Petersen Consulting website

I am currently working with my web designer Rob Hill (who does a fantastic job) to update my website ‘look’. Take a minute to visit my website and see what you think. Any feedback gladly accepted! The WebShop looks more professional and easier to navigate (and purchase from), the home page more interesting, and a general makeover of the web pages.
A bit more information about Rob - he does two kinds of web development:
  • Small websites that don't need a custom design, i.e. using WordPress themes & plugins and modifying & building from there.
  • Larger projects that involve more programming with databases/user logins
And here are Rob's contact details:  
mobile: +61 416 335 235
skype: rob.simpledocs

The mentee and the mentor are responsible for building trust throughout the mentoring relationship. Setting ground rules and maintaining confidentiality by both mentoring partners are ways in which trust can be developed.
(Taken from the Petersen Consulting product: 50 Tips for Successful Mentoring Card Pack)
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