CMI’s products and services are based on the research and writings of Prof David Clutterbuck, who pioneered developmental mentoring 30 years ago and on whose work most mentoring outside of the Americas is based. David has assisted thousands of companies around the world in creating effective, sustainable mentoring programmes. He also runs a company called ‘the professional mentor’ which supports executives and coaches with the education and development required to make that transition into a professional mentoring role.

CMI’s services and products are targeted at both national and multinational companies. For national companies, CMI’s USP is that it incorporates the latest understanding of mentoring good practice from around the world. For multinationals, CMI provides consistency of training and consultancy around the world, along with a deep understanding of how to adapt content and process to national and business cultures. All mentoring by CMI and its network members is compliant with the International Standards for Mentoring Programmes in Employment.

CMI’s business model is to work through a network of carefully selected and trained partners, with responsibility for specific territories. CMI adds value to the network by providing:

  • Books, manuals, data-bases and other support materials, regularly updated and strongly researched based
  • Training for trainers and mentoring programme managers
  • Marketing materials: articles, blogs, webinars, examples of proposals, books
  • Opportunities to participate in research projects (e.g. a current study of multinational mentoring)
  • Sales to L&D, OD and/or diversity management professionals in multinational companies
  • Researching and negotiating distribution rights for complementary products (diagnostic instruments, on-line mentoring management platforms etc)
  • Creating opportunities for network members to support each other.

The wider portfolio

CMI’s portfolio outside the area of mentoring reflects the wide range of management interests in David Clutterbuck’s 55 books and continuous research. Key areas include:

  • Team coaching – from the first evidence-based book on the topic
  • Coaching culture – again from the first evidence-based book on the topic
  • Work-life balance
  • Talent management – based in particular on David’s research into what does and doesn’t work