Business Mentoring Insights

  • Bill Gates & His Mentors

    Bill Gates is an individual that many people in the business community admire.  Not only is he admired for his development of one of the largest organizations in the world, but also for being a philanthropist.  Bill attains all of his savvy skills from the upbringing his parents gave him.  In the early years, his parents encouraged him to participate in sports that he was not good at.  He thought it was pointless and at times didn’t agree with them; however, today Bill see’s that his parents were just trying to get him exposed to different kinds of leadership opportunities.  Bill also thinks that his family traditions made an impact on who he is today.  During that time, it gave Bill the opportunity to speak to his parents about what he was doing and to also take note of what his parents were up to.  During this time, Bill learned from his parents that volunteering was a great way to serve our country.  Throughout the years, Bill continues to go back to his parents for advice on his business affairs as well as his personal life.  Through his experiences we can see that a mentor can sometimes be someone very close to you. Read more

    Mon, Jun, 29, 2009

  • Encourage Your Mentorees To Open Up

    Have you ever felt like you do all of the talking during one of your sessions with your mentoree?  Well, there could be a few reasons why you feel this way.  One way to help your mentoree talk more is for you to talk less.  You can’t listen to what they have to say if you are doing all of the talking.  It is important to let them know that you are interested in what they are saying.  Therefore, you can show interest in the conversation by your body language.  It helps when you look at a person, smile, nod and encourage them to continue with their conversation. You also want to give them some positive feedback.  And don’t forget to ask your mentoree questions on what they are speaking to you about.  It is also a good idea to empathize with them.  Try to put yourself in their position and feel what they are saying to you.  Most importantly, you want to make sure you keep the information shared with you confidential.  This will help you gain their trust.  Finally, make an effort to share with them some of your experiences.  It helps the other person see what you have had to accomplish to become a successful leader.   Therefore, as a mentor, the next time you are in a mentoring session and are wondering why your mentoree seems so quiet, ask yourself if you are encouraging them enough to share with you their aspirations and/or concerns. Read more

    Mon, Jun, 22, 2009

  • Feel Like A Failed Mentor?

    Some people do not want to think about being a mentor because of all of the responsibilities that go into it, while others are very quick to take on the challenge.  However, after taking that challenge, some people may start to get frustrated and feel as though things are not going as they had envisioned.  If you fall into this category, there are a few things to consider.  Are you putting in a reasonable amount of time and effort into the relationship?  Are you worried about your mentee taking over your job?  Have you put your mentoring relationship at the bottom of your pile?  If you are looking for a way to enhance your skills, I would like you to consider our e-learning course, Mentoring Success: Maximizing Your Mentoring Experience.  It introduces mentors and mentorees to mentoring skills and the key concepts of corporate mentoring programs and teaches you how to develop successful mentoring relationships. It can supplement existing mentoring training or be used as a standalone. Either way, it allows you to learn at your own pace. You will be provided with your results when the course is completed. The course is perfect for individuals in companies engaged in mentoring programs, managers who want to expand their mentoring skills, and individuals who are seeking mentoring relationships. Read more

    Mon, Jun, 15, 2009

  • Good Rules for Mentoree’s To Follow

    As a mentoree, I am sure you are looking to be paired with someone you can get along with, someone who will not intimidate you, someone who is willing to help you, and someone who is willing to give you the time and energy that is needed for a mentoring relationship to work.  However, there are several things as a mentoree that you can do to facilitate the process of your mentoring relationship.  Several things to consider when you are a mentoree are: Read more

    Fri, Jun, 12, 2009

  • Good Rules For Mentors To Follow

    Being a mentor is a very important job.   As a mentor you are looked up to and often feel the pressure to make sure you do not let down your mentoree.  Several things to consider when mentoring someone are: Read more

    Wed, Jun, 10, 2009

  • An Important Component Of Mentoring

      While mentoring has many components to it, sharing is an important factor in the development of a mentoree.  As a mentor, not only should you share your knowledge, but you can also share your thoughts, insights, advice and even your mistakes.  This is a great way to open up the communication between the two of you.  Since you don't want to lecture the mentoree, it is best to share the information through casual conversation or by storytelling.  Storytelling is a good way to share experiences, whether good or bad, and at the same time offer encouragement to the mentoree.  Storytelling about your experience gives the mentoree a better insight into who you are and also opens up the potential for the mentoree to share their own story.  This also should provide a positive interaction between the two of you.  In the long run, sharing could lead to gaining the trust of your mentoree and also to a more successful mentoring relationship.  When engaged in a diverse pairing, storytelling can be an especially effective way of opening the doors to conversations that are sometimes difficult to start.  For example, if one shares an experience of having been treated in a condescending manner as a woman or a person of color, this can lead to explore this more deeply without having to ask the question:  "Shall we talk about diversity".  Read more

    Tue, Jun, 09, 2009

  • Seeking A Mentor

      As much as we would like to see more organizations implementing mentoring programs for their employees, sometimes it is just not feasible for a company to accomplish this.  However, keep in mind, even if you organization does not offer a program, you can still seek out a mentor.  How about scheduling an appointment with a co-worker that you admire?  Or, inviting one of your friends to a cup of coffee?  Or, visiting one of your college professors?  Mentors can come in many different ways, can be found in different locations, and sometimes it can be the last person you expected.  So what are you waiting for?  Go strike up a conversation with an old friend, colleague or professor.  I am sure you will not regret it!  If anything, you may learn something new.  Read more

    Fri, Jun, 05, 2009

  • President Obama Has A Mentor

      Our president of the United States, President Obama has had a longtime mentor.  His mentor is Valerie Jarrett.  She took him under her wings about 2 decade ago. Read more

    Wed, Jun, 03, 2009

  • Sonia Sotomayor’s Nomination

      On May 26, 2009, President Obama announced his nomination for Sonia Sotomayor to replace Justice David H. Souter from the Supreme Court.  Sonia Sotomayer has been a judge of the United States Court of Appeals since 1998.  President Obama acknowledged that Judge Sotomayor's "extraordinary journey" from her modest beginnings to the Ivy League student turned Judge is a great choice to have in the Supreme Court.  She will be the first Hispanic American to do so and will become one of seven women among the district's 58 judges.  She attributes her success to the people who have helped her while attending Princeton.  In her words: Read more

    Mon, Jun, 01, 2009