Business Mentoring Insights

  • What are the qualities of a good mentor?

    Many successful entrepreneurs and business people owe their success to their mentors. Well-known global leaders like Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, and Steve Jobs have pointed out the importance of having a mentor in business and personal life. Throughout the history of humans, there have been people who have offered their insights and expertise in helping people overcome obstacles and create opportunities out of threats.  Read more

    Thu, Jan, 20, 2022

  • The Benefits of Mentoring on Career Development

      Successful career development requires much more than technical and job-related skills. Typically, crafting a successful career requires effective communication and other soft skills, professional relationships and networks, and a career vision. Many professionals fail to move up the career ladder even while excelling at their jobs because they lack some of these important competencies. However, a mentor can help professionals develop some of these extra-role skills and build key relationships; being a part of a mentoring relationship can be transformational for early career professionals. Read more

    Mon, Dec, 16, 2019

  • My Recent Mentoring Experience: 3 Things I Learned

    Whenever I am asked to think about my mentoring experiences, it is an automatic habit to think of times I have been mentored. But the truth is, I have mentored as well. Recently, a good friend of mine's daughter graduated from college with a Communications Degree. I began mentoring her when she was a senior, making recommendations like getting on LinkedIn and reaching out to everyone and anyone she knew to let them know what type of work she'd be looking for when she graduated. Since I have a career in marketing, I assumed she would listen to everything I had to say like it was gold. She didn't. Well, not at first anyway. Here are three things I've learned in my most recent mentoring experience: Read more

    Mon, May, 01, 2017

  • Why Be a Mentor

      Mentoring can be incredibly rewarding for both the mentor and mentoree. In a successful relationship, mentors provide a safe environment for developing leadership and other professional skills, promote growth for their company, and gain personal satisfaction.   Read more

    Tue, Mar, 14, 2017

  • 5 Mentoring Skills All Great Mentors Possess

    Last week, we discussed seven traits of highly successful mentoring programs. Now, let's discuss five mentoring skills that the most successful mentors possess.   1. The ability to listen. We're talking active listening and listening without passing judgment. Too often when we listen to someone else talk, we project ourselves onto the other person: what would we do, how would we react, what would we say? The best mentors always look at the situation from the mentoree's perspective. Getting good at this requires listening closely to what the person is saying—and isn't saying. Think nonverbal cues and subtext, which leads us to our next mentoring skill. Read more

    Thu, Feb, 23, 2017

  • Mentoring Training: Highlights from Our Courses

    While mentoring is a natural process in many ways, investing some time in formal training can transcend an "okay" mentoring relationship to a great one.  Why? Because learning the ins and outs of not only mentoring, but also relevant topics, such as how to actively listen, can equip the mentor, mentoree, and program manager with the skills needed to create an enriching relationship. The best part? These new skills can help all relationships (professional and personal). So where should people begin? The best place to start is with our e-learning course, Maximizing Mentoring Success. Read more

    Wed, Nov, 30, 2016

  • [SLIDESHARE] This is NOT Your Grandmother's Mentoring Program!

    If your organization finds itself with an influx of millennials then how you approach mentoring will and should be different from how you did it ten years ago.  Read more

    Thu, Aug, 11, 2016

  • 5 Reasons Why Mentee & Mentor Training is Critical

    Regular readers of our blog know we're big proponents in training and educating mentors, mentees, and program managers. That's why we provide so many free and budget-friendly resources, such as our mentor training courses and mentoring ebooks. We want to see people succeed in mentoring. That said, we occasionally receive resistance from organizations when it comes to training. Here are five reasons why mentee and mentor training is critical. Read more

    Tue, Jun, 28, 2016

  • Generational Workplace Diversity and Mentoring Millennials

    Diversity managers understand the inherent challenges in trying to create a level playing field for employees as they seek to develop their careers. Invisible barriers and the glass ceiling, for example, still exist in many organizations. Read more

    Wed, Jun, 01, 2016

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