Business Mentoring Insights

  • Mentoring Tips: Communicating Expectations

      Effective communication is the key ingredient of a successful mentoring relationship. We've discussed active listening vs. passive listening, which is essential. Now, let's provide some mentoring tips for effectively communicating expectations—a skill that mentors, mentees, and program managers need to master.  1. Clarify Assumptions Never assume anything. Always explicitly state any assumption and ask the other person if your assumption is correct. If it isn't, ask the person to clarify. Here's an example: Speaker #1: I'm sensing you're frustrated with your manager's response to your request. Is that a fair assessment? Speaker #2: Frustrated might not be the best word. I was disappointed because I didn't feel my manager cared about why I was making the request. Speaker #1: Dealing with disappointment can be a tough emotion to navigate, especially at work. Let's discuss ways for you to deal with this emotion and let's develop a strategy for how you want to approach your manager moving forward. Read more

    Mon, Dec, 12, 2016

  • Turn to Us for FREE Mentoring Advice

    Did you know we offer free one-hour consultations? No muss, no fuss, no obligation to buy from us—now or ever. Read more

    Wed, Nov, 16, 2016

  • Business Mentoring Link Fest: More Mentoring Articles

    Here's our latest roundup of mentoring articles. (Read earlier installments here  and here.) 1. The Deloitte Millennial Survey 2016. Bottom line: this survey says that it's not too late to earn Millennials' loyalty. The key? Mentoring. Insightful quote: "Where it exists, mentoring is having a positive impact and six in 10 (61 percent) Millennials are currently benefitting from having somebody to turn to for advice, or who helps develop their leadership skills. Read more

    Mon, Oct, 17, 2016

  • 5 Questions To Ask All Vendors about Mentoring Software

    Way to go! You've made the decision to invest in e-mentoring software for your business. To find out which vendor stands out, ask each one the following questions.   1. Is your mentoring software customizable?   Every company has unique needs, so the solution you choose must be able to meet them. Oftentimes, this requires customization. What to look for in an answer: Bottom line—the answer should be yes. As to degrees of customization, make sure, at the very least, you can… Read more

    Mon, Aug, 01, 2016

  • Business Mentoring Link Fest

    It's time for another business mentoring link fest, where we round up the latest and greatest articles on mentoring. Let's get to it. Read more

    Wed, Jul, 06, 2016

  • 4 Things to Do Before You Research Mentoring Software

      Congrats! You've made the decision to implement a mentoring program at your company. What do you need to know before researching mentoring software? Read more

    Wed, Jun, 22, 2016

  • Say Hello to the NEW Mentoring University

    Mentoring University is the educational arm of our company, and we gave it a makeover in January. Mentoring comes naturally to most people. No doubt, we've all done some informal mentoring in our lives at some point. But a formal mentoring relationship requires additional instruction and insight. And that's what Mentoring University is all about—it provides cost-effective resources that will help deepen your understanding of mentoring. Think e-learning courses, ebooks, and webinars. Our new Mentoring University site accomplishes several goals: Read more

    Thu, Mar, 17, 2016

  • 3 Mentoring Resources to Help with Mentor & Mentee Training

    Is your company starting a mentoring program for employees? Or maybe you already have one, but it could use a refresh? A mentoring program is only as good as the training its participants receive. Help to create successful mentoring relationships by providing your mentors, mentees and program managers the tools they need to succeed. Read more

    Wed, Feb, 10, 2016

  • 3 of Our Favorite Other Mentoring Services

    We spend a lot of time talking about our e-mentoring software solutions, such as MentoringComplete, Precision Matching, and Anytime Mentoring. But we offer several other robust mentoring services as well. Here's the scoop: Read more

    Mon, Feb, 01, 2016

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