To read this content please select one of the options below:

Coaching, mentoring and the sibling organization

Michael Bagshaw (Director, Trans4mation Organisational Training and Development, Evesham, UK)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 1 June 1998



The sibling organization is a stage in the development of organizations following the uncertainty created by downsizing and restructuring. People feel the need to invest in self‐preservation, perhaps at the expense of collaborative effort, risk‐taking and shared learning. Organizational defensive routines limit growth and creativity. Morale is depressed, job satisfaction is reduced and performance goes down. To counter this post‐change depressive effect, a new contract of mutual investment and respect needs to be created between the employee and the organization. A coaching style of management combined with independent mentoring support can provide the vehicle for a climate of two‐stranded development where both the needs of the individual and the needs of the organization are aligned.



Bagshaw, M. (1998), "Coaching, mentoring and the sibling organization", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 30 No. 3, pp. 87-89.




Copyright © 1998, MCB UP Limited

Related articles