Business Mentoring Insights

  • What are the Qualities of a Good Mentor?

    There are lots of talks about how beneficial mentoring relationships are and how much young professionals need mentoring. Of course, having a mentor is a vital part of one’s career and personal growth. A mentor acts as a guide, a friend, a sponsor, and a counselor. However, there is no doubt that becoming a mentor is also a wonderful opportunity for experienced professionals; because mentoring has great benefits for mentors too.   But being a mentor is a tough job. It requires determination, commitment, and genuine interest to help others. Above all, it needs certain qualities that are not naturally present in everyone. If you are about to involve in a mentoring program as a mentor, practicing these six qualities of a good mentor can lead you to success. Willingness to share skills and knowledge Values learning Active listener Knows how to provide feedback Motivates others Emotionally intelligent Read more

    Wed, Dec, 30, 2020

  • Does Your Organization Need Coaching or Mentoring?

    Sometimes, the words mentoring and coaching are used interchangeably. While mentoring and coaching have similarities, they aren’t the same thing and there are some specific differences. The question is, how do you know when your organization needs coaching, and when it needs mentoring?  Read more

    Mon, Jul, 06, 2020

  • 7 Qualities of a Good Mentor

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge has been credited (perhaps incorrectly) with saying, “advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.” Regardless of the original source of the simile, it points to the fact that successful mentoring and coaching require finesse and a light touch. A heavy hand just won’t do.  Read more

    Wed, Feb, 19, 2020

  • Why Mentoring is More Important Than Ever

    Work is changing rapidly in the 21st century The nature of work in the 21st century can be summed up in one word: change. More than ever, professionals are changing jobs, the jobs themselves are changing, and organizations are forced to adapt to a quickly changing and competitive environment.   Mentoring guides workers navigating this environment by helping them develop the skills necessary for success. Mentoring focuses on individual development, guides understanding of higher-level skills such as interpersonal and critical thinking, and provides context to solve complex problems. Read more

    Fri, Nov, 22, 2019

  • Business Mentoring 101: Test Your Knowledge

    It's time to test your business mentoring knowledge. Go through each statement below and answer true or false. Then, review the answer key, which includes brief explanations.  Read more

    Wed, Nov, 01, 2017

  • Coaching and Mentoring: What's the Difference?

    When it comes to employee development, a failure to understand the differences between coaching and mentoring can lead to disappointing results. So let's look at some of these differences.  Read more

    Thu, Oct, 19, 2017

  • The Ideal Mentoree Profile

    Earlier this month, we talked about what mentors do, and through this discussion, we built an ideal mentor profile. Now, it's time to look at the ideal mentoree profile.  Read more

    Wed, Sep, 20, 2017

  • What Does a Mentor Do?

      We firmly believe that just about anyone can be a mentor, provided it's something the person wants to do. (If someone doesn't want to mentor, forcing the person into a relationship would never be a good idea.)  Read more

    Wed, Sep, 06, 2017

  • How to Evaluate a Mentoring Website

    As you research mentoring software and vendors, you'll likely be visiting many websites. How can you tell the "real deal" from unreliable companies? Read more

    Tue, Oct, 11, 2016

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