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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 06:00

WHAT IS MENTORING?

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People often talk about mentors as their coaches, guides, teachers, advocates, and advisors. They sometimes use these terms interchangeably with “mentor” because it helps give a fuller picture of all the roles a mentor can play for a mentee. This begs the question: What is mentoring?

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 04:00

5 QUESTIONS ALL MENTEES SHOULD ASK

Written by Laura Francis

Mentoring can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially for mentees as they embark on a mentoring relationship and try to figure out what areas they want to focus on, what goals they want to set, who the best person is to ask for help, etc. Here are five questions mentees should ask themselves to frame up their thoughts.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:00

SAGE ADVICE FOR MENTORS

Written by Laura Francis

Most people feel it is a great privilege to be asked to be someone’s mentor, a sentiment I agree with wholeheartedly. It can also be a little humbling and overwhelming at times to be looked upon as someone who might have the answers to a mentee’s problems. Here are four easy tips to remember to help you on your path to excellence as a mentor.

Monday, 09 April 2018 08:00

DON’T LET MENTORING BECOME JUST A FAD

Written by Laura Francis

Social media provides a powerful way to have voices heard that would not normally have a platform or space to share their views. Yet with the growth of social media, people too often talk over one another, not really listening to what others are saying. On top of that, each day new hashtags trend, canceling out the previous day’s popular topics (or outrage). In the wake of #MeToo, there was a call to #MentorHer; but if history shows us anything, it’s that these trends today...

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 02:00

THREE TIPS FOR GROWING YOUR MENTORING PROGRAM

Written by Chris Browning

We know that mentoring can improve employee retention and engagement, and that productivity can increase as well due to mentoring. So what are you doing to get more of these great results with mentoring? Try these three tips for growing your program...

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 04:00

HOW MENTORING CAN PLUG THE BRAIN DRAIN

Written by Randy Emelo

How much of your workforce could potentially retire any day now? Are you prepared to lose them and all of the knowledge they have (while simultaneously trying to fill their jobs with people who are likely not as qualified or experienced)?

Welcome to the world of brain drain...

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 04:00

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF LEADING AN ONLINE MENTORING GROUP

Written by Chris Browning

Mentoring groups are a unique take on the traditional view of mentoring; instead of just one mentee working with one mentor, a group can have several mentees working with one or two mentors (or any variation of this). These group leaders are typically the mentors who are the experts on...

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 04:00

MENTORING SOFTWARE MAKES ADMINISTRATION EASY

Written by Chris Browning

There’s no question that mentoring continues to be a desired program at work, but many organizations are missing the opportunity to take advantage of this. What's holding them back?

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 06:00

MENTORING MAKES EMPLOYEES HAPPY AND PRODUCTIVE

Written by Laura Francis

Mentoring can be a great equalizer, giving employees access to leaders, knowledge sources, and collaboration opportunities that may otherwise elude them. We’ve helped our clients attain success with mentoring, helping them make a difference in employee development, engagement, retention, and productivity. Here is the data to back this up.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 06:00

10 TIPS FOR MAKING REVERSE MENTORING WORK

Written by Laura Francis

If you want your reverse mentoring program to be a success, here are 10 how-to tips that can help ensure your mentees and mentors discover the value and joy of mentoring.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 04:00

REVERSE MENTORING TREND GROWS UP

Written by Chris Browning

We are on the verge of a shift in the way organizations look at reverse mentoring...

Tuesday, 07 November 2017 06:00

KEYS TO CREATING A MENTORING CULTURE

Written by Laura Francis

Organizations and businesses of all types and sizes have latched on to the idea of mentoring for their employees—and for good reason. Mentoring impacts employee retention, productivity, engagement, leadership abilities, skill development, and morale. Yet implementing a mentoring program is a far cry from creating a mentoring culture.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 04:00

HOW TO TURN MENTORING CONVERSATIONS INTO ACTION

Written by Chris Browning

Conversations between mentees and mentors represent the foundation of mentoring relationships and provide a mechanism for development to occur. The quality of your conversations will directly impact the value it will have on your development... 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 06:00

THREE WAYS TO SABOTAGE YOUR MENTORING PLAN

Written by Chris Browning

There is a clear difference between those prospects who are actively looking to implement mentoring and those who are simply playing with the idea.  The problem is that many of those who are playing with the idea think they are actually acting, when in fact they are not.  Many initiatives start with good intentions, but then fail due to...

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 06:00

MAKE MENTORING CONVERSATIONS MEANINGFUL

Written by Laura Francis

Hooray!  You’ve found a mentee or mentor and are officially part of a mentoring relationship.  Now what?  Now comes the work...

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 14:08

THREE MENTORING LESSONS FROM HAMILTON

Written by Laura Francis

Three sentiments I uncovered in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s brilliant award-winning musical Hamilton that can apply to the practice of mentoring.

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 13:57

THE MENTORING JOURNEY

Written by Laura Francis

Mentoring is a journey.  Once we embrace the fact that our mentoring relationships may move us in unexpected directions, we can begin to explore some of the wonderful and amazing insights, experiences, and life gifts that we gather along the way.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 08:00

FOUR PHRASES EVERY MENTORING RELATIONSHIP NEEDS

Written by Laura Francis

If you want to build a more genuine, caring, and meaningful mentoring relationship, then you need to know the four phrases that can help you get there.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 16:00

BE BRAVE IN MENTORING

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Having the courage to admit your flaws, identify your weaknesses, pursue your hidden dreams, and tackle the things that scare you most can take a mentoring relationship to an entirely different level.

To build a communication cycle for your mentoring program, you should consider three factors: focus, rhythm, and frequency.

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