Business Mentoring Insights

  • Why You Should Be A Mentor!

    Every one of us has a wealth of knowledge, expertise and wisdom that, when passed on, makes everyone's life better. A mentor not only gives a great deal to a mentoree but also gains in exchange.  Here are some of the statements mentors have made about their mentoring experience: I think I gained more than I gave because I learned so much from my mentoree. My mentoree is from a different area of the company and I had no contacts in that area. Now I have created a network with my mentoree that makes it easier to resolve issues. I learned to listen better and feel that I am also now a better manager because of it. In sharing my knowledge and expertise with my mentoree, I began to more fully appreciate how much I really do know. I gained valuable insight into the struggles of women in our organization and how I can help remove some of the barriers that currently exist. Since my mentoree was close in age to my daughters, I understand them better as well. What started out as a good professional relationship has developed into a wonderful friendship that will continue beyond the formal mentoring program. As I was helping my mentoree reflect on some key career and personal issues, it caused me to do my own self-reflection so this proved to be an extremely valuable mentoring experience for me. I was skeptical at first about being paired with someone from another area that I knew little about but our differences really enriched our experience by learning from one another. We had a lot more in common than I first thought. It was really personally satisfying to observe my mentoree grow as a result of our discussions and to know that I was part of that process in helping her. I was concerned about the artificiality of formal matching and meetings but all the planning really did help create a successful relationship that felt natural as opposed to forced. I asked my mentoree to observe me in my manager role at various points during our relationship and found the feedback truly helpful in helping me to be a better manager. If any of these statements resonate with you, please consider volunteering to be a mentor to someone at work or a student - chances are high that you will have a wonderful experience! For a great FREE resource, check out Management Mentors' 10 Mentoring Tips For the Corporate Mentor. Image Credit: © Ashumskiy | Dreamstime.com Read more

    Fri, Aug, 24, 2012

  • How important are "questions" in a mentoring relationship?

    After interviewing our very own Rene Petrin, Dan Rockwell, aka the "Leadership Freak", has posted a great article on his blog about the importance of asking questions in a mentoring relationship. Read more

    Mon, Aug, 06, 2012

  • FINDING A BUSINESS MENTOR – 5 STRATEGIES

    If your company does not have a formal mentoring program, this does not mean you can’t find a suitable business mentor within or outside your company. Finding a business mentor is an important strategic decision; therefore you want to take the time needed to explore the right mentor for you. Read more

    Mon, Jul, 30, 2012

  • Building Mentoring Skills: How to Wind Down the Relationship

      In a formal mentoring program, there is a set beginning and a set end to the mentoring relationship. Since mentors and mentorees are asked to make a commitment for a period of time, once that period of time is over, both participants need to be released from any further commitment.  They also need to be provided with a process for formally ending their relationship as well as determining if they wish to continue informally. Without such a process, bad endings and hurt feelings may occur. Formally ending the relationship is just as important as other mentoring skills that are taught to the mentoring pair. Read more

    Mon, Jul, 23, 2012

  • Mentoring Training: Why It's Necessary

    Some companies put mentoring pairs together but provide them with no training whatsoever. Other companies are a little bit more professional and will train the mentors but not the mentorees. Both of those companies are undermining their efforts in mentoring by not providing both mentors and mentorees with the knowledge they need to create and sustain an effective mentoring relationship.  There are two critical components when training mentoring participants of a mentoring program: Read more

    Wed, Jul, 18, 2012

  • Inspirational Business Mentoring Quotes

    At Mentoring Complete, we guide our clients as they begin their mentoring journeys. One thing we realize that we all need--especially in the beginning--is an extra dose of inspiration. Read more

    Tue, Jul, 03, 2012

  • espnW Supports Global Sports Mentoring Program

    espnW has joined forces with the State Department and Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State, who announced a Global Sports Mentoring Program which focuses on mentoring young girls and women around the globe. Read more

    Mon, Jun, 25, 2012