Business Mentoring Insights

  • 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.   As a result, organizations are launching new online mentoring programs to address the current needs of their staff. These virtual mentoring programs leverage mentoring software to help connect employees when they’re not able to connect in person. Additionally, all of the typical outcomes that HR leaders have come to expect from business mentoring, like increased engagement and retention, accelerated development of employees, and increased diversity among leadership teams, are still achievable through virtual mentoring. 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 careers. A professional mentorship can help women grow and advance in their careers in a number of important ways: Read more

    Mon, Aug, 31, 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

  • The Seven Sins of Business Mentoring

      If you’re becoming a mentor and you’ve ever wondered what the qualities of a good mentor are, it can be helpful to first understand what NOT to do. Consider the following seven sins of business mentoring as the anti-guide to becoming a mentor, and avoid them like the plague.   Read more

    Mon, Aug, 10, 2020

  • What the “Confidence Gap” is, and What to Do About It

      Consultants Drs. Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman collected data on over 8,000 men and women business leaders over several years, with interesting findings regarding capabilities and confidence levels between men and women. Read more

    Wed, Aug, 05, 2020

  • Mentoring Lessons From Famous Mentoring Pairs

      Throughout history, mentors have made a tremendous impact on their mentees. From influencing culture to changing the course of history, these mentors have accomplished a lot through developing others.  Read more

    Mon, Jul, 20, 2020