Business Mentoring Insights

  • Understanding Formal & Informal Mentoring

    It's important to understand the difference between formal and informal mentoring. Why? Because different mentoring processes require different strategies and include different benchmarks and goals. Read more

    Mon, Jan, 11, 2010

  • Announcing… M&M: Mentoring Monday’s

    Happy New Year! We hope that over the last few weeks you have had the opportunity to take some time to sit back, relax, enjoy your surroundings and last but not least, think of all the new programs you could be offering your employees.  With that in mind, the team at Mentoring Complete would like to announce a new feature that will debut this month… it is a FREE webinar that will be held on the fourth Monday of each month starting on January 25th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  We are calling it M&M which stands for Mentoring Monday’s.  Each webinar will be lead by Rene Petrin, President of Management Mentors!  Each session will be kept to a small number of participates so that you are able to personally interact with and ask him questions.   Our goal is for you to gain some insight on the following: Read more

    Mon, Jan, 04, 2010


    For those of you who read our newsletter, you are aware that I continuously attempt to clarify the differences between mentoring and coaching.  The confusion about these two powerful but different strategic initiatives can result in bad mentoring and poor coaching.  Unfortunately, the most recent example is found in none other than one of the largest professional associations for trainers:  T & D magazine, September 2009 issue:  21st Century Mentoring:  Mentoring for the masses.  The free exchange of knowledge.  Open learning connections. Read more

    Wed, Nov, 11, 2009

  • Are Mentors Role Models?

    ‘Are mentors role models?’ or “Are role models mentors?’ This is a question that many people ask.  Some people say that a mentor is someone who will help you advance in your career, while a role model is someone you look up to.  But shouldn’t you look up to your mentor?  Doesn’t a lot of people look up to their role models?  It’s easy to see why some people may confuse the two.  But it is evident that a mentor is someone who advises us and guides us to reaching our professional goals while a role model is a person who is a good example for other people.  However, when you are speaking of a well-known, famous person, the definition of a mentor and a role model seem to go hand in hand.  In the eyes of NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, after giving his decision to the Michael Vick incident over the summer, Roger indicated in a recently published article that “it’s a privilege to be a part of this league, whether you are a player, the commissioner, or a coach.  We are role models.  People look up to us.  I think when a high standard is communicated to everybody, people will meet it.  I thought it was important to make that clearer.”  My impression is that Roger may feel that younger adults may look up to the NFL as unofficial mentors, so it was imperative for him to show the younger generation that is not acceptable to do unethical things in your career no matter how famous you are.  Roger’s firm stand on his decision is a great way for people to see what a good mentor he has become for the NFL because his decision reached a large audience and not just the person sitting in his office.  Read more

    Wed, Oct, 28, 2009

  • Ask The Corporate Mentoring Experts

    Whether it is today, next week, or in a few months, if you have a mentoring question that you have been pondering and would like to ask us without any obligations, please feel free to do so because we are happy to share our expertise in corporate mentoring. Simply click here to fill out a form and ask us your question. One of our corporate mentoring experts will be in touch with you within the next two business days. Read more

    Mon, Oct, 26, 2009

  • Should A Manager Also Act As A Mentor?

    Some employers ask: why do organizations need a structured menteeing program? Aren’t managers already performing this role?  Read more

    Fri, Oct, 02, 2009

  • How Do You Get Buy-In From Prospective Mentors?

    The topic of this month’s newsletter, Mentoring Minute, was based on a common question asked when we do a presentation on designing and implementing corporate mentoring programs.  The question is: “How do you get buy-in from prospective mentors?”  Part of the answer will depend on the type of program you’re implementing, but to read a general three-step approach to recruitment that works well, please click here.  If you haven’t already, I invite you to subscribe to Mentoring Minute today! Read more

    Mon, Sep, 28, 2009

  • Corporate Coaching vs Corporate Mentoring

    A few people have contacted us regarding our most recent blog post about the differences of coaching and mentoring.  Therefore, I would like to share with you some information we have listed on our website under Resources: Read more

    Fri, Sep, 25, 2009

  • 21st Century Mentoring

    I was inspired to write today’s blog after reading the most recent article in T & D Magazine (September 2009) titled:  21st Century Mentoring:  Shifting the Shape of Mentoring.  A word to the wise:  Don’t rush to get a copy.  The article was simply a rehash of best practices with nothing particularly new or “21st century” about it.  Essentially the article discusses the value of an e-mentoring portal, the social networking aspects of mentoring and the use of webinars for training.  Nothing new there!  What is also frustrating in this article is that it really speaks more to a coaching model than a mentoring one.  When will people realize that mentoring is about having a supportive and developmental relationship and not about knowledge transfer as such! Read more

    Wed, Sep, 23, 2009

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