Business Mentoring Insights

  • Building And Maintaining A Mentoring Relationship

      Once a relationship is in full swing, it doesn't mean that you can sit back and relax.  Creating a successful mentoring relationship is important but maintaining one is even more significant.  It is important to build on the relationship that has developed between the two of you and this can be done by respecting one another, trusting one another and most importantly, by having the lines of communication open.  Respect will allow you to learn from one another.  Trust will allow you share your feedback.  And, communication will give you the opportunity to avoid misunderstands and conflict.  Therefore, remember to continue building on your foundation in order to have a stronger mentoring relationship.   Read more

    Fri, May, 22, 2009

  • What To Do Once You Have Met Your Mentor Or Mentoree?

      After your initial meeting with your mentor or mentoree, you may ask yourself "OK, what next?"  Well, after you have established what your relationship will be like, now it is time to put the plan into action.  Make a list of your goals, figure out what objectives can help you achieve those goals, look for resources to help achieve them and figure out some target dates that you would like to see your goals completed by.  Remember to treat this like a formal contract.  Put everything into writing and both parties should have a copy of it.  Take it a step further and both of you can sign the document if you'd like.  The main goal is that you both have the same clear vision of what needs to be done to have a successful relationship.   Read more

    Wed, May, 20, 2009

  • Looking To Build A Mentoring Relationship?

      If you are looking to build a mentoring relationship, here are some things to consider: Read more

    Mon, May, 18, 2009

  • Questions Mentors Should Ask

      Recently, I read an article about a mentorship framework that has helped a CEO at a thriving organization.  The article, "Five Questions Every Mentor Should Ask" provides a set of five questions that may seem simple to ask but they actually are very influential in the guidance that a mentor will share with its mentee.  The questions are as follows: Read more

    Fri, May, 01, 2009

  • How did you do on the Mentoring Quiz?

      Here are the answers from the quiz I posted in my last blog article. Read more

    Fri, Apr, 24, 2009

  • Mentoring: True or False?

      How about testing your assumptions about mentoring?  Below are a few True or False questions.  Take a few minutes to answer them and I'll provide the answers in my next blog.  Good luck! Read more

    Wed, Apr, 22, 2009

  • Why Mentoring? Well, We All Need Help!

      In a down economy, people become afraid and wary and, as a result, they often resort to behaviors that fuel the fear. In these times, people need more emotional support to carry on and maintain a sense of hope in the future. Read more

    Fri, Mar, 27, 2009

  • Engaging Employees in Touch Economic Times

      In these tough economic times, many employees are feeling overworked and under-appreciated, and everyone has a fear of what tomorrow may bring. So how can you be positive and create an atmosphere that will build commitment and engagement?  Read more

    Mon, Mar, 23, 2009

  • International Women of Courage Award

      Last week, at the State Department, first lady Michelle Obama joined Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to present the departments Award for International Women of Courage to seven female activists from Afghanistan, Guatemala, Iraq, Malaysia, Nigeria, Russia and Uzbekistan who have fought to end discrimination and inequality.  Mrs. Obama was quoted saying "As women, we must stand up for ourselves.  As women, we must stand up for each other.  As women, we must stand up for justice for all." Read more

    Fri, Mar, 20, 2009