Business Mentoring Insights

  • What is Mentoring?

      A mentoring relationship is one of the most powerful developmental relationships that can exist between two individuals. Mentoring has its roots in trade apprenticeships, which originated hundreds of years ago. Businesses began to recognize mentoring’s power to enrich the skills and knowledge of their employees in the late 1960's. Since then, mentoring has been an important component of employee development. Read more

    Fri, Dec, 09, 2011

  • Keeping Balance in a Mentoring Relationship

    "You were born an original. Don't die a copy." -John Mason Read more

    Mon, Dec, 05, 2011

  • Podcast #8: Successfully Managing A Mentoring Program

    In Management Mentors 8th podcast in a series of 12, Successfully Managing A Mentoring Program, we will be dicussing the importance of utilizing a Mentoring Program Manager (MPM).   Read more

    Wed, Nov, 30, 2011

  • Making Mentoring Work!

    "There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results." - Kenneth Blanchard Read more

    Wed, Nov, 23, 2011

  • Mentoring Complete Podcast #4 - Diversified Matches

      Have you had a chance to download any of our Voice America internet radio shows available as podcasts (mp3 format)?   Read more

    Mon, Nov, 07, 2011

  • 10 tips to help you be the best mentor!

    Listen more often than you speak. Approach challenges with a positive attitude when strategizing with your mentoree in finding solutions. Be consistent in terms of having contact with your mentoree Tell the truth. Having an honest exchange about an issue will help build trust in the relationship. Be objective as much as possible. Your mentoree's perspective in only one viewpoint; so present other views when possible. Affirm your mentoree when they accomplish something or arrive at a new perspective.   Ask permission when needing to share feedback that may be difficult for the mentoree to hear. This is a gentle way of preparing the mentoree.  If the mentoree opts not to have you share the feedback, that is their choice. Engage the whole person. It's not just about how a mentoree thinks, but also how they feel. Let them grow and let them go. Be ready to let the person move away from you when the time comes. It's a sign of independence as a result of the work you've done with them. Enjoy the relationship and you will gain as much as you give. Read more

    Fri, Oct, 21, 2011

  • Mentoring: Post-Session Reflection

    One way to enhance your mentoring or coaching experience is to take a few moments after a session to sit down and write some comments.  In a busy world, this can be a little taxing, but it can really provide you with valuable insight as the relationship develops on what your experience was like and be able to share some of this with your partner. Read more

    Wed, Aug, 03, 2011

  • Are You Listening?

      I was in a conversation with someone the other day. I was trying to explain why a certain procedure worked the way it did and that the procedure wasn't the problem, rather, the person was asking it to do something it was not designed to do. Read more

    Tue, Jul, 26, 2011

  • Discussing the Cultural Differences in a Mentoring Relationship

    As technology enables us to reach across the globe, we are increasingly seeing mentoring relationships that are cross-cultural in ways never thought possible.  American companies will often have someone in America mentoring someone long-distance in Europe or Asia.  This requires a sensitivity to the cultural differences that exist so as to avoid derailing a relationship. Read more

    Tue, Jul, 19, 2011

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