Business Mentoring Insights

  • How to Set Mentorship Goals for Your Mentee?

    One of the first things a mentor does after entering into a mentoring relationship is to help the mentee identify their career objectives and set mentorship goals. It is a critical step in defining what you will work on with your mentee in the next few months and how much effort you will need to put into it. Setting clear goals for your mentee helps you get the most out of the mentoring relationship. Read more

    Mon, Feb, 22, 2021

  • What to Look For in a Business Mentor?

      Having a business mentor is a great way to support your growth as an entrepreneur. The right mentor can set you up for success by introducing you to influential people, guiding you through your highs and lows, and offering you suggestions on the best steps to take. While most people understand the benefits of having a business mentor, it’s rare to find someone who has one. Because finding the right mentor is not an easy task. Read more

    Tue, Feb, 09, 2021

  • 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

  • 5 Things You Should Ask Yourself Before Choosing A Mentor

      Choosing the right mentor can be a vital decision in your career, therefore, it is extremely important that you take your time to observe and research your mentor candidates prior to making a selection.  There are many factors for choosing a mentor.  Read more

    Mon, Jan, 18, 2010

  • Mentoring Tips: The Process for the Diversity Manager

    As a Diversity Manager, you understand the challenges of trying to create a level playing field for employees as they seek to develop careers in your company. Invisible barriers and the “glass ceiling,” for example, still exist in many organizations. Read more

    Mon, Jul, 27, 2009