Business Mentoring Insights

  • Six Keys to Make Your Reverse Mentoring Program Successful

      More and more companies these days are using reverse mentoring to help achieve business goals. Whether the organization is trying to increase diversity and inclusion, help executives further develop their technology skills, retain younger employees, drive organizational change or some other goal, business mentoring experts are increasingly turning to this mentoring model to help achieve ambitious people-related objectives.  Read more

    Mon, Oct, 12, 2020

  • Six Ways to Use Reverse Mentoring

      Traditional business mentoring has been around for a long time. For example, Socrates famously mentored Plato until his untimely death in 399 B.C. In the traditional business mentoring model, the mentor is older, wiser, and more experienced than the younger, naive, and less experienced mentee. A common metaphor for traditional business mentoring is the “passing of the torch,” with the older employee passing key knowledge and know-how to the younger generation.   Read more

    Mon, Oct, 05, 2020

  • The Top 5 Mentee Misdeeds

      In business mentoring relationships, the mentor and mentee both play specific roles. While most of the focus is on the role of the mentor since that individual typically holds more experience and influence, the role of the mentee is also critical. If the mentee misbehaves, makes mentoring mistakes, or otherwise doesn’t fulfill their role, it has the potential to derail the entire business mentoring relationship. Read more

    Mon, Sep, 28, 2020

  • Signs that Your Mentoring Program is Faltering, and How to Fix It

      While the benefits of formal business mentoring programs are vast, it’s not always easy to start and run a professional mentorship program. Let’s face it: even the most successful programs are bound to run into some hiccups along the way. If you’re experiencing some of the common business mentoring program problems, here are some ways to remedy the issues. Read more

    Mon, Sep, 21, 2020

  • The Right Structure for Your Virtual Mentoring Program

      As more and more employees are working remotely, with many not returning to the office until 2021 (or not at all), companies are realizing that they can’t wait until their employees are back in the office to continue employee development, diversity and inclusion initiatives, employee engagement efforts, and the like. Just because employees are working remotely, doesn't mean they are out of mind: important HR initiatives should not fall by the wayside. Read more

    Mon, Sep, 14, 2020

  • Problem with Reverse Mentoring, and What to Do About It

    Organizations have tried to use reverse mentoring since Jack Welch first popularized the concept in 1999. Welch, then the CEO of GE, realized that his executive team lacked a deep understanding of technology. With rapid technological changes of the 1990’s, having an executive team without up-to-date knowledge could threaten their ability to stay relevant with customers, capitalize on opportunities, and remain competitive. To combat this, Welch launched a program called “reverse mentoring,” in which younger, more tech-savvy individuals were paired with older executives. Read more

    Mon, Sep, 07, 2020

  • The Value of Mentoring Women

      For professionals that seek an executive role, business mentoring can be a critical part of the journey. Having a professional mentor is important to professional women in particular, who face unique challenges in advancing in their career. A professional mentorship can help women grow and advance in their careers in a number of important ways: Read more

    Mon, Aug, 31, 2020

  • The Role of Trust in a Mentoring Program

    Trust is like oxygen in a room: easy to overlook when it’s there, but if it’s missing, it’s near impossible to think about anything else. To make sure the success of your business mentoring program isn’t stifled, build your program on a foundation of trusting relationships. Read more

    Mon, Aug, 24, 2020

  • Ending Mentoring Relationships

    A professional mentorship is one of those good things in life that must come to an end. A mentor and mentee aren’t like swans: they don’t “mate” for life. At times, people can hold a deep reverence for animals like swans and seahorses because they mate for life. There’s a certain comfort and sentimentality in the idea of a relationship in which someone will always be there for the other. And, a professional mentorship is not like a marriage: even the best mentoring relationships don’t last forever. A successful professional mentorship doesn't need to go on in perpetuity. Read more

    Mon, Aug, 17, 2020