Business Mentoring Insights

  • People-First Learning

      I was reading a trade journal the other day and came across a concept I had not encountered as of yet:  People-First Learning.  People-First Learning means a process whereby people look to and connect with other people first when they have learning needs instead of looking for content.  In essence, it means that instead of going to a manual or video for assistance one contacts an expert and has a conversation that allows for learning to take place. Read more

    Wed, Jun, 29, 2011

  • Is A Good Coach Also a Good Mentor?

    Not necessarily. Coaching is focused on acquisition of skills or knowledge and is most often performance based.  Coaching is designed for achieving a certain result:  namely, the increased competency of a given coachee.  A coach, therefore, needs to be an expert in the area s/he is coaching and is accountable for results.  The skills necessary to be a good coach include one's ability to share one's expertise with the coachee and to ensure that person develops the skill sets involved.  Read more

    Fri, Jun, 10, 2011

  • American Idol Mentors

    Have you heard of this little show called American Idol?  Ever thought about how some of these kids are able to shake off their nerves and sing in front of millions? Read more

    Mon, Mar, 21, 2011

  • 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Mentorees

    While there are many questions that a mentor should ask their mentoree at the start of a mentoring relationship, here are five questions that a mentor should consider asking: Read more

    Wed, Feb, 10, 2010

  • Why Do Employers Create And Implement Mentoring Programs?

    Employers create and implement mentoring programs for generally the following reasons: Read more

    Mon, Jan, 25, 2010

  • Choosing to Have a Pilot Mentoring Program

    A pilot program is an exceptional way to introduce a mentoring initiative prior to rolling out a full mentoring program.  A pilot mentoring program is designed as a regular program but in a much smaller scale.  Usually, a Mentoring Program Manager forms a task force of 6-8 people. Members of the task force should represent a cross-section of the organization, including potential mentors and mentorees, supervisory personnel and any stakeholders who can bring value to the process. For example, a representative from Human Resources might help tie department goals with the goals of the mentoring program. Responsibilities of the task force: Determines the goals of the program Chooses the proper mentoring model Selects criteria for mentors and mentorees Defines other critical components of the program Interviews potential candidates Matches participants Evaluates results at the end of the pilot program To learn more about how to implement a pilot mentoring program, or for assistance in designing one, click here. Read more

    Fri, Jan, 15, 2010

  • Should You Attend The Yearly Conference, Summit or Convention?

    Many organizations are starting to announce the dates of their annual conferences, conventions, and summits.  Many individuals book their attendance immediately while other individuals either shy away or just don't like to attend them for fear of not knowing someone, having to travel or for the lack of entertainment.  However, it should be known that these types of gatherings are a great way to do some social networking and to learn or exchange some valuable ideas.  Many of them are focused on providing individuals with personal and professional development opportunities to take their career to the next level.  Key note speakers share details such as who mentored them, who they are mentoring, and how they were able to become successful at what they do.  There are many different types of conferences and summits that are related to what your needs are.  It is just a matter of going online and doing some research or going to your employer and finding one that is right for you. Read more

    Wed, Jan, 13, 2010