Business Mentoring Insights

  • 4 Ways Mentorship Programs Can Keep Millennials Happy at Work

    As BloombergView notes, "The U.S. now has 88 million millennials, people born 1981 to 2000." (There are 2.5 billion Millennials around the world.) Read more

    Tue, Apr, 05, 2016

  • Millennials and Mentoring [Infographic]

    The Millennials have arrived! Organizations—and the people within them—should remain aware of the changes that are occurring thanks to the influx of Millennials, including the shifts in language and cultural norms. Read more

    Tue, Jan, 12, 2016

  • What is A Mentor?

    We get this question a lot: What is a mentor? Whether you are new to the concept of business mentoring or you've been involved in a mentoring relationship in the past, the following two lists will help you to understand better both the ideal mentor profile and the requirements for an effective mentor. Feel free to share these lists within your mentoring program. They may help your program to get back on track. Read more

    Mon, Oct, 12, 2015

  • 3 Excuses Companies Use to Justify Skipping Mentoring Training

    It would seem common sense that companies should train both mentors and mentorees in understanding the dynamics of a mentoring relationship.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case for a variety of reasons.  Here are a few: Read more

    Tue, Sep, 08, 2015

  • Mentoring Training for both Mentors and Mentorees

    In the spirit of back to school season, we are dedicating our blog in these upcoming posts to education— namely, mentoring training. In my 25+ years designing and implementing corporate mentoring programs, one thing has remained constant: the programs that succeed are the ones set their mentoring programs up for success by educating and training their mentors, mentorees, and program managers. Aren't all mentoring programs set up for success? Unfortunately, no. That's not to say these programs don't have good intentions. I suspect just about every organization that takes the time to set up some sort of mentoring program, even an informal one, has good intentions.  So what makes the difference? How can you ensure your corporate mentoring program succeeds? Programs that include a training element tend to be the ones that succeed. Why does my program need a training component? Good question. After all, mentoring isn't a foreign concept. Most of us probably get what it is, at least at a top level. But how many of us know how to mentor or be mentored when we enter a mentoring program for the first time? Based on my experience, I can promise you this: not many. What topics should mentoring training cover? Mentoring training should introduce and educate mentoring program participants on topics such as: Crucial mentoring skills and key concepts of the corporate mentoring program Creating the relationship Building on the relationship Achieving mastery/confidence Communicating within the mentoring relationship active listening common barriers to listening  specific listening techniques giving feedback receiving feedback  Diversity and Mentoring stereotypes unique aspects of diversity mentoring So whether it's back to school, starting a new mentoring program, or re-enegizing your existing mentoring program, remember that education and training is important!       Image Credit:   Read more

    Tue, Sep, 01, 2015

  • How to Prepare for Your Meeting With Your Mentor

    In a one-on-one mentoring relationship, many mentees may make the mistake of assuming that the onus is on the mentor to prepare the schedule and the agenda for meetings with their mentees.  Not so! The primary purpose of the mentoring relationship is to help to develop the mentee. Therefore, the mentee should be pro-active and help to create an agenda and a relationship that reflects the types of goals he/she would like to achieve. Mentors are offering their valuable time to their mentees. It is the mentee's responibility to make the most of that time (think "you get what you pay for"). Read more

    Wed, May, 27, 2015

  • Making Successful Matches Between Mentors and Mentees

      Parts of this blog post have been previously published in our monthly newsletter titled, Business Mentoring: How We Match Mentors and Mentees. Read more

    Mon, Nov, 24, 2014