Business Mentoring Insights

  • 5 Qualities Of A Good Mentor

    There are many qualities needed to be a good mentor.  However, there is a few that stands out that I would like to share with you.  They are: Read more

    Wed, Sep, 30, 2009

  • Interaction Among Different Departments

    When a mentoree is looking to be paired with a mentor, the first thing that usually occurs to most of them is to be placed with a mentor in their department.  Someone familiar, someone they may interact with daily, or just a friend.  While that can be an option, it is beneficial to consider pairing your mentoree with a mentor from a different department.   Not only can you find someone that will be compatible, but you will also foster the opportunity for each participant to learn more about not only the other person, but the role that each one plays in the organization and in their corresponding departments.  That connection enables each person to understand the importance each department plays within the organization.  Thus, being a valuable experience for both parties involved. Read more

    Mon, Sep, 21, 2009

  • When should a Mentor Push a Mentoree?

    At a recent meeting of mentors to discuss how relationships were progressing, one asked me the following question: “My mentoree seems to act as though she has reached a plateau but I think she can accomplish more but not sure how much I should push her?” My response: “A mentor pushes and a mentoree chooses!” If a mentor feels that the mentoree is at a plateau, this is important information that should be shared with the mentoree. One can say something like: “I’m wondering if you can accomplish more here? Are you willing to stretch yourself a little with my help?” These words are simply suggestions. What is important is for a mentor to share his/her thoughts about seeing potential and then understanding that it’s up to the mentoree to choose whether to explore further growth or not. Sometimes mentors confuse the process of sharing and suggesting with needing to have the mentoree comply with the vision shared. It’s important for mentors to remember that they facilitate development and that the mentoree is the one responsible for developing. Read more

    Fri, Sep, 04, 2009

  • Ted Kennedy As A Mentor

    Senator Ted Kennedy will be remembered for many things he did throughout his life.  However, one of the most important attributes that he will be remembered for is being a great mentor.  Ted Kennedy was a mentor to high profile politicians such as President Obama when he was a Senator and also to our current Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton when she was a Senator as well.  As a mentor, he was generous with his time and influence.  With his leadership, these two individuals were able to cultivate their skills and talents and have achieved a successful political career that is admired by many.  Ted Kennedy’s mentoring abilities is a great influence to everyone even if you did not agree with his political stance.  Read more

    Mon, Aug, 31, 2009

  • 10 Reasons Why Veteran Teachers Should Have Mentors

    Enhance professional skills Increased repertoire of instructional resources Improve student achievement Improve teaching performance Achieving career advancement Networking with peers Addressing instructional and/or school related issues To receive supportive guidance, encouragement, and constructive feedback To keep talented teachers from leaving the district Enhance knowledge of new technology and/or new curriculum                                                          Read more

    Fri, Aug, 14, 2009

  • 10 Reasons Why New Teachers Should Have Mentors

    Facilitate adjustment to their new environment To promote networking with other colleagues Collaborate with a more experienced educator To promote self confidence To receive supportive guidance, encouragement, and constructive feedback Greater success with student population Increased job satisfaction To increase new teacher retention rate To develop awareness of policy and procedures that are relevant to the school system Improves teacher effectiveness   Read more

    Wed, Aug, 12, 2009

  • Mentoring Tips: Warren Buffett’s Mentor

    While many children were playing with their toys, Warren Buffett was looking for ways to make money at a young age.  At six years old, Warren purchased a 6 pack of Coca Cola from his grandfather's store for twenty-five cents and then sold each bottle to his friends for five cents each, making a profit of five cents.  Several years later, he took interest in the stock market and purchased shares at $38.  Soon after, the shares had dropped down to $27 per share which frightened Warren.  When the shares went up to $40 he immediately sold them to make a profit.  However, had he waited, the shares went up to $200 a share which could have been a much more lucrative profit for him.  From that experience, Warren learned a lesson of patience.  After college, Warren decided to go to graduate school.  He was persuaded to apply to the Harvard Business School, but was rejected because he was too young.  Therefore, he applied to Columbia University where he met his future mentor, Ben Graham.  Ben was a well known economist and through his simple yet profound investment principles, he taught many individuals the concept of ignoring market fluctuations in investment analysis and investing with a margin of safety.  Warren attributes much of his success to Ben Graham because in addition to his father, Ben influenced his life a great deal.  Here we see a great example of leaders helping future leaders: Ben Graham mentoring Warren Buffett and Warren Buffett mentoring Bill Gates.  It is a continuous cycle that has existed for many years and has proven to be a very successful element to the development of many great leaders.  Read more

    Fri, Jul, 03, 2009

  • Advice From Bill Gates Corporate Mentor

    Bill Gates is very fond of his parents and has shared on many occasions that they have been and always will continue to be a mentor to him.  However, he also contributes his success to a mentor he has had in the corporate world.  That mentor is Warren Buffett.  Bill has said that he has received a lot of great advice from Warren, but the most interesting advice is how Warren keeps everything simple.  From a simple daily schedule to making a simple executive decision, Warren has shared with Bill to work on the things that are really important.  It seems as though Warren’s advice has helped Bill over the years.  Read more

    Wed, Jul, 01, 2009