Business Mentoring Insights

  • Celebrating The End Of Black History Month

    As we come to the end of February, we also come to the end of Black History Month for 2010.  This month brought many people together and taught many students about the importance of the celebrations that were organized throughout the US and Canada.  The remembrance was founded in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson.  Growing up in Kentucky, his parents were former slaves and he spent his childhood working in the coal mines.  He was not able to enroll in high school until the age of twenty.  That did not stop him from graduating in two years time. Continuing his studies, he later received a Ph.D. from Harvard.  Because of the fact that African Americans were rarely documented in American History books, Dr. Woodson felt the need to create a time where everyone can celebrate the presence of African Americans.  Originally, it was observed as “Negro History Week” and later, as we know it today, “Black History Month.”  Dr. Carter G. Woodson devoted his life to being an educator, philosopher and mentor to many African American scholars.  Who are you mentoring?   Read more

    Fri, Feb, 26, 2010

  • Managing Corporate Mentoring Programs: PART 2

    February is National Time Management Month. Here are a few more tips from our monthly newsletter archives to assist you with your time: Read more

    Fri, Feb, 19, 2010

  • USA’s First Gold Medalist At The 2010 Olympic Games

    Congratulations to Hannah Kearney for winning the first gold medal for the USA in the Women’s Moguls at the 2010 Olympics Games in Vancouver!  Hannah attributes her success to her coaches from her youth at Waterville Valley for their Freestyle program.  Having great mentors from her youth that have remained very close to her have helped her along her journey.  Who are you mentoring? Read more

    Mon, Feb, 15, 2010

  • Olympians Have Mentors Too!

    This evening kicks off the start of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.  Many people from around the world will tune in to see the highly anticipated, striking and spectacular opening ceremony.  Following tonight’s grand opening, the next several weeks will be filled with lots of excitement as the athletes compete in many different winter sports anticipating to bring home a gold medal or two.  Many will shine while others will walk away empty handed, but one thing is for sure: their hard work brought them to the Olympics which is an honor on its own.  Many will contribute their success to their rigorous practice routines, while others will agree with them, but will also acknowledge their success from the encouragement and wisdom shared by their mentors.   Here are a few athletes to watch during the games and their mentor who has helped them along the way: Read more

    Fri, Feb, 12, 2010

  • 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Mentorees

    While there are many questions that a mentor should ask their mentoree at the start of a mentoring relationship, here are five questions that a mentor should consider asking: Read more

    Wed, Feb, 10, 2010

  • Mentoring Tips: Quotes On Teamwork

    As we continue to celebrate Black History Month while offering mentoring tips, we would like to share with you a few quotes on teamwork from several other famous African-American individuals: Read more

    Wed, Feb, 03, 2010

  • Famous African-American Quotes On Leadership and Mentoring

    As we begin Black History Month, we would like to share with you a few quotes on leadership that relate to mentoring from famous African-American individuals: Read more

    Mon, Feb, 01, 2010

  • Maya Angelou’s View On Being A Mentor

    Maya Angelou is well known as a poet, best-selling author, educator, historian, actress and director.  She was introduced to books at a library of an African-American school which only contained a little over 100 books.  At that library, she came across poetry and instantly became intrigued and was able to translate it at the young age of 8 years old.  Being mentored throughout her whole life by different individuals, Maya Angelou has a very specific view on being a mentor.  She is quoted saying: “In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care.  You must care.  You don't have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don't need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you're sharing with. So if you know how to change a tire and that's all, that's good. But teach them by showing, by caring that they know these things. Then that will be of use some day. And it may never be actually called out. I don't think I'll be called out to change a tire. But I know fundamentally how to change a tire, and if I physically can't do it, I may be able to attract some young person, and tell him how to take the lugs off...See? So a mentor helps the person to interpret the world.”  As we can see, another great legend recognizes the benefits of mentoring.  When will you become a mentor? Read more

    Fri, Jan, 22, 2010

  • Understanding Formal & Informal Mentoring

    It's important to understand the difference between formal and informal mentoring. Why? Because different mentoring processes require different strategies and include different benchmarks and goals. Read more

    Mon, Jan, 11, 2010