Virtual Coach, Virtual Mentor

Edited by:
David Clutterbuck, Sheffield Hallam and Oxford Brooks Universities
Zulfi Hussain

Published 2010

In the case of virtual coaching and mentoring (or e-mentoring and ecoaching; or coaching/mentoring by wire—choose your own preferred nomenclature!) there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of programs and initiatives across the world. Yet there is comparatively little in the way of comparison of good practice or academic evaluation of what does and doesn’t work. We found numerous individual case studies but a dearth of empirical research and no significant collection of cases to illustrate the diversity of applications.

Virtual Coach, Virtual Mentor provides a wide variety of perspectives on a rapidly growing phenomenon. We hope and intend that it should make a timely and significant contribution to good practice and to encouraging more practitioners and their clients and more organizations to experiment with using electronic media to enrich coaching and mentoring. The view of ecoaching and e-mentoring is firmly one that these new media are less a replacement for traditional face-to-face than an enhancement of learning alliances in general. We see no evidence of fewer face-to-face coaching or mentoring relationships—on the contrary, they continue to become more popular and widespread. Rather, we see that virtual coaching and mentoring both enrich predominantly face-to-face relationships, by connecting partners at times between formal meetings, and open up coaching and mentoring to new audiences and new applications.

Introduction. SECTION 1: WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT VIRTUAL COACHING AND MENTORING. Welcome to the World of Virtual Coaching and Mentoring, David Clutterbuck. Making the Virtual Developmental Program Work, David Clutterbuck. The Technology in Practice, Zulfi Hussain. Perspectives on E-Development, Paul Stokes. Critical Success Factors in E-Mentoring for Small Business, Kim Rickard. Expanding the Business Value of Mentoring with a Web-Based Process, Randy Emilio and Tom McGee. Virtual Coach Mentor Supervision, Miriam Orriss. E-Coaching: Consideration of Leadership Coaching in a Virtual Environment, Lisa A. Boyce and Gina Hernez-Broome. SECTION 2: ORGANIZATIONAL CASE STUDIES. E-Mentoring: Opportunity to Build a Virtual Learning Community with Teachers, Leena Vainio and Irja Leppisaari. The Brightside Trust, Ian Akers. LTL Connect Coaching Case Study, Rusty Livstock. Web-Based Mentoring, Angus I. McLeod. E-Mentoring @ Staffordshire University, Janet Wright and Jean Simpson. SECTION 3: INDIVIDUAL CASE STUDIES. Individual Case Studies. Contributors.