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At its core, mentoring is about learning from the experience of others.  But does mentoring lose something when software is introduced into the mix?

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 02:00

RETAIN EMPLOYEES THROUGH MENTORING PROGRAMS

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What are you doing to retain your employees?  Offering them more money?  Letting them work from home?  Giving them free lunches?  You may want to rethink your retention strategies...

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 00:00

5 MENTORING PROGRAM PITFALLS

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Why do mentoring programs fail? As with any program, attention needs to be paid to the manner in which mentoring is implemented to ensure success. Here are five common pitfalls we've seen over the years...

I think it’s safe to say that participation in many organizational social learning programs has fallen woefully short of hopes and expectations. Why? Well, one reason is...

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 00:00

MENTORING ETHICS

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Giving someone a support system for while they are doing their job is not something radical, but we think it should be required. When it comes to something as critical as ethics, this should not be left to chance.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 02:00

MENTORING GROUPS HELP REINFORCE LEARNING

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It’s a natural fit to use group mentoring as an integrated part of more traditional training interventions. The participants can lean on their peers...

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 00:00

ENHANCE EMPLOYEE TRAINING WITH MENTORING PROGRAMS

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Adults no longer feel that outsourcing or being replaced by younger workers is the greatest threat to their jobs. But their ability to keep pace with rapid changes in technology is making them especially nervous...

Knowing how to engage in productive mentoring conversations plays a critical—but often overlooked—role in helping people achieve their goals when mentoring. What stops us from engaging in productive conversations?

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 00:00

THE PURPOSE BEHIND MODERN MENTORING PROGRAMS

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There is a growing need to engage workers in meaningful collaboration and to share wisdom that only comes as the result of experience, which is where mentoring fits.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 02:00

MENTORING SHINED BRIGHTLY IN 2016

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Another year is coming to a close, and as we look back on 2016, we see it was full of moments of learning, sharing, gratitude, and joy. Here are some of the highlights...

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 08:00

HOW DIFFERENT GENERATIONS VIEW MENTORING

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In conversations with HR practitioners and talent development leaders, people regularly ask me about one thing: the way that different generations view mentoring.  Here's what I've learned...

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 02:00

MENTORING INSIGHTS FROM CORPORATE PRACTITIONERS

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During two recent River webinars, participants answered poll questions that give us insight into the inner workings and issues facing mentoring administrators in today's organizations.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 02:00

THE MISSING PIECE OF MENTORING SUCCESS?

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In my recent blog entry, Mentoring Is More than the Match, I described the “Five M’s of Successful Mentoring” model that we advocate here at River (market, match, monitor, motivate, and measure). Is there a sixth M missing from this model?

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 00:00

THE CRITICAL ROLE OF MENTORING CONVERSATIONS

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A recent River webinar poll found that 89% of respondents said it was the developmental conversations between mentors and mentees that play the biggest role in mentoring effectiveness. So that begs the question: What are you doing to support and encourage quality conversations?

If we want to develop more inquisitive and innovative learners in our companies, we have to start by fostering their curiosity and encouraging them to engage in conversations that ask deeper questions and...

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:00

MENTORING IS MORE THAN THE MATCH

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A mentoring program administrator’s job is more or less done once the match is made. This myth has sadly been around for as long as I’ve been involved in helping design mentoring programs, and it continues to be repeated by many organizations even today.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 06:00

MENTORING ADMINISTRATORS SOMETIMES NEED HELP TOO

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When you run a mentoring program, it may feel like your work is never done. To help you, River creates supporting material that you can use as an administrator in your daily work, or that you can share with your participants to help relieve some of the burden you may feel when it comes to supporting them. Case in point: The 5 Tips for Being a Better Mentor eBook is filled with... 

 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 00:00

MENTORING BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN US

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Over nearly two decades, I have seen River facilitate and support thousands of mentoring relationships. People have been helped, supported, guided, advised, listened to, and made to feel valuable and worthwhile, all because they took part in mentoring. On a micro level, this can change the course of a person’s life. On a macro level, it makes me say simply that mentoring brings out the best in us. Here are three ways this can happen.

Mentoring is a proven method for sharing knowledge in a personalized way, for helping someone else gain skills and confidence, and for helping improve overall job satisfaction.

So why do so many companies still struggle with making mentoring a part of their culture?

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

HOW TO CREATE A MODERN MENTORING CULTURE

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We’ve talked about it: challenging the traditional one-size-fits-all type of mentoring. We see the value and need within organizations for this modern and ground-breaking approach to social learning and collaboration. "Modern mentoring" sounds right. Now we’re left with the "how": How do we create this modern mentoring culture within our organizations?

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