The virtual mentoring pilot

virtual mentoring

02 / 10 / 2015 2.27pm

One recommendation from the first phase of our OD capability work was the value of developing OD virtual mentoring. We wanted to test this out and with funding from the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy we were able to commission a bespoke programme of training with Ashridge Business School for six virtual OD mentors.

After the training, each mentor worked with a willing mentee. During the pilot each mentee could access a maximum of three sessions with their mentor, lasting 90 minutes each, via the telephone.

The feedback from this pilot was overwhelming positive, read more about the experience from the mentors and mentees perspective and how the sessions have shaped their work and thinking.

What happens next?

We are looking at developing the OD virtual mentoring programme so that we can offer it more widely. We want to give OD practitioners access to a trained mentor who will offer support and development virtually. This exciting proposition means that mentors can work with anyone across the country as there are no geographical boundaries.

Help us shape this work going forward and be part of a small reference group by contacting us via email. Or, if you’d like to be mentored, or become a mentor you can email us at 

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is described as: ‘help by one person to another in making significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking.’ (Clutterbuck Associates)

A mentor is a guide who can help the mentee:

  • find the right direction
  • develop solutions to career issues
  • believe in themselves and boost their confidence.

A mentor should help you become more self-aware, take responsibility for your life in the direction you decide, rather than leaving it to chance.

Get involved

If you would like to help us shape this work going forward, become a mentee or train as a mentor, email us at

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