Mentoring Series

The purpose of the series is to explain why mentoring has existed for thousands of years and how it is used today. The series will include case studies and workshops as well as hints for reading, watching and contacts.

The emphasis will be mentoring programs, plus exploring how/where/which coaching methods fit in. 

Timeline and contents

From November ’21 to March ’22 we will have 10 sessions spaced two weeks apart, mostly in English because it is a Nordic project. 

  • 10 Nov Kirsten Poulsen (DK) | Better practice in mentoring and mentoring programs
  • 23 Nov Lisbeth Sæther Storli (N) |  Jobbreisen – how highly qualified immigrants got meaningful employment
  • 07 Dec Bob Garvey | Trends and practices across the world
  • 14 Dec Paul O Olson | Christmas Special: Green Mentoring as a way to work with green projects and companies
  • 18 Jan André Sunde & Thor-Erik Gulliksen | Mentoring students and adolescents

18 January 17:30 – 19:00 with André Sunde XXL and Thor-Erik Gulliksen President EMCC Norway

Mentoring and guiding young people through school into adulthood and employment

André Sunde and Thor-Erik Gulliksen will present two different programs for youth mentoring: one for students at university level and the other for apprentices in XXL. XXL is a chain of outlets selling sports and wilderness equipment.

André Sunde works as project leader for several trainee and apprentice programs in XXL Sport & Villmark. With 15 years’ experience in retail management and a background in Sociology from UiO, he has the last 5 years focused on coaching and mentoring young people that need guidance to achieve employment. From 2018-2021 he ran the FastTrack project together with the Labour and Welfare agency with an employment success of 88%. Since 2015 he has also worked with high school students to their certificate of apprenticeship. The main topics of learning in André’s field of mentoring and coaching is work ethics, social integration, and social skills. 

André is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility area in XXL, Chairman of the board for Etterstad VGS, board member of EMCC Norway and an EMCC accredited Practitioner.»

Thor-Erik Gulliksen is mentor, entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, lecturer, trainer and unwavering optimist on behalf of himself and others.

He discovered mentoring and mentoring program back in 1999. He became interested and started reading more and more as at the same time planning the first mentor program. Over the years he has run and coordinated mentoring programs mainly within academia.

After 20 years of experience, including management, marketing, education, and training, close to 1,000 students have been through his programs. Thor-Erik has a large toolbox for inspiration and personal development.

 Thor-Erik was a co-founder of EMCC Norway and has been on the board for 7 years, of which 6 as President. He is certified EIA – Master Practitioner. He has written two books about mentoring (Norwegian), two on entrepreneurship (English) and contributed as an expert author in a book about mentoring tools (available in Portuguese, Spanish and English).

14 December Christmas Special with Dr Paul O Olson

Mentoring for green projects and companies

The world is in desperate need to accelerate a green revolution and we’re still under-estimating what’s needed to win the war against climate change and pollution. A hubs-and-spokes approach to mentoring can help; but what happens when neither mentor or mentee ‘have it in them’? Can we create ‘reciprocal mentoring’ to deal with climate action gaps? How can we accelerate mentoring programs to deal with the gaps?

Paul O Olson got his MBA in 1984 and has worked in international positions including management in General Electric for Nordic & Central Europe; Nordic partner and two years Global Practice Leader in International Executive Search Federation; and many years as business consultant and executive coach.

He got a certificate in company direction from Institute of Directors 2002, an MSc in leadership psychology from Stockholm University and became involved in coaching psychology in the UK 2004. Paul joined EMCC in 2011 and became founding president of EMCC Norway 2014-2017. After the MSc he continued with psychotherapy studies at Middlesex University in London, where he was awarded his doctorate with research into the psychology of mental illness, treatment and recovery from schizophrenia. Paul is member of BPS (CPsychol), accredited for psychotherapy (by HCPC UK and EuroPsy), clinical supervision and coaching psychology; and by EMCC Global as Master Practitioner and ESIA supervisor.  

On 7 December 17:30 – 19:00 we had Bob Garvey in our 3rd session:

Title: What’s going on with mentoring around the world?

In this session Bob will consider the similarities and difference between coach and mentoring in different settings. He will present examples of mentoring from different countries and consider how far these places are convergent, divergent or crossvergent with EMCC standards; celebrating the diversity of application found around the world and consider the implications for practice.

Bob Garvey is one of Europe’s leading academic practitioners of mentoring and coaching. He is an experienced mentor/coach working with a wide range of people in a variety of international contexts.

Formerly Head of Research at York Business School, he is in demand internationally as a keynote conference speaker.

Bob has a PhD from the University of Durham in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has published many books and papers on mentoring and coaching. He is a founding member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and Honorary President of Coaching York (a social enterprise for coaching in the community). In 2014, the EMCC presented him with the Mentor award for services to mentoring and he received a lifetime achievement award for contributions to mentoring from Coaching at Work Magazine. He is also an active researcher.

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