Business Mentoring Insights

  • How to Coach Employees

    Are you wondering how to coach employees in specific skill sets (e.g. using social media) or something more abstract (e.g. overall leadership)? Are you concerned about the number of coaches you'd need as well as how to match coaches to employees? Here's something to think about before you bring in people from the outside: harness the coaching power that already exists within your workforce. Employees are a wealth of information. This hypothetical will demonstrate my point: Terry in marketing is a social media wiz and could definitely help Carrie, the general sales manager, learn the ins and outs of Instagram and Snapchat. Joe in accounting knows Excel inside and out—he could assist Tom at the front desk. And Amanda in HR has been active in Toastmasters for over a decade. She'd love to coach the junior sales reps on their presentation skills. OK, we know what you're thinking: sure, using existing employees as coaches sounds great, but how could a large organization, especially one with multiple locations, make such a thing a reality? Read more

    Mon, Sep, 19, 2016

  • Important Questions for Mentees & Mentors after 90 Days

    The first three months of a new mentoring relationship are critical. Ideally, the mentoring program manager (MPM) should check in with all participants to see how everything is working out. Read more

    Tue, May, 17, 2016

  • Does it always need to be coaching vs mentoring?

    We talk a lot about coaching and mentoring. Typically we discuss the differences between coaching and mentoring, because in a business setting, there are major differences. But today, I'd like to discuss when coaching and mentoring work together. Read more

    Thu, Aug, 20, 2015

  • Don't Implement Wrong Mentoring Solutions: Ask an Expert

    Recently, I had a prospect (a large international manufacturing company) take advantage of my free one-hour consult on mentoring. This company is interested in having new employees mentored as part of onboarding. Specifically, they also wanted the mentors to work on helping their mentorees to more quickly produce on the job. In just those two sentences, I could tell that mentoring was not the right solution.  Here's why: Read more

    Thu, Oct, 09, 2014

  • Do you need mentoring or do you need coaching?

    At Management Mentors, we talk A LOT about the differences between coaching and mentoring. So many companies come to us asking us for a coaching program, when what they really need is a mentoring program (or vice versa). We've written blog posts, white papers and even recorded podcasts on the subject. Read more

    Wed, Aug, 20, 2014

  • Are mentoring and coaching the same? [FAQs]

    Are mentoring and coaching the same? Read more

    Mon, Sep, 02, 2013

  • Should Mentoring & Performance Management Be Linked?

      Today's blog post is a previously posted Management Mentors newsletter article that we felt is worth re-sharing as this question is posed to us over and over again: Read more

    Fri, Jul, 12, 2013

  • Our Most Popular Blog Posts on Coaching & Mentoring

    People often confuse coaching and mentoring. Though related, they are not the same. A mentor may coach, but a coach does not mentor. Understanding the definition of mentoring is crucial. Mentoring is relational, while coaching is functional. That’s the short answer, but the truth is that the answer to this question deserves a deeper look. Read more

    Mon, May, 13, 2013

  • Does business mentoring work?

    Well, consider these resources. This article in Forbes discusses a study where “Sun Microsystems compared the career progress of 1000 employees over a 5-year period.” Some of the results? “Both mentors and mentees were approximately 20% more likely to get a raise than people who did not participate in the mentoring program.” In an article called “Guiding the Way” in Success magazine, the author quotes Ellen Ensher, associate professor of management at the business college at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, as saying, “People who use mentors are more successful than those without mentors, and that’s substantiated by academic research. They get more promotions, make more money, and have more career and job satisfaction.” Interested in more compelling statistics and studies? Our free white paper “The Well Leveraged Mentoring Program” is full of them.  Read more

    Thu, May, 02, 2013

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