Business Mentoring Insights

  • You Need a Mentor! Michael Vick’s Reaction to Goodell’s Decision

    This past summer, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell had to decide if he was going to allow Michael Vick to return to the NFL.  After spending close to five hours meeting with Michael Vick, Roger decided to give him a conditional reinstatement to return to the NFL.  One of the conditions specified was that Michael Vick be assigned a mentor in his transition to being reinstated.  Former Indianapolis Colts head coach, Tony Dungy, agreed to be a part of the team that would help and mentor Michael Vick. Tony indicated that his role is solely to assist Michael with advice, direction and support during the evaluation process.  In a conference during the summer Michael Vick shared with everyone: “I’d like to say thank you to Commissioner Goodell, I want to say thank you to Tony Dungy for serving as my mentor and also being influential in my walk and helping redefine me as an individual and giving me the proper advice and being there and having an open dialog with me at all times. I want to say thank you to my agent, Joel Segal, who has been there through the ups and downs, through the hardest times in my life, Judy Smith as well as all the people who have contributed to my comeback.”  As we can see, mentors are essential in any type of environment.  Don’t wait for a misfortune to occur, give us a call today to see how we can help your organization start a new program or enhance a mentoring program you already have in place. Read more

    Fri, Oct, 30, 2009

  • Mentoring Tips: Determination Is The Key To Success

    Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL, attributes his success to his determination to finding a way to work for the NFL.  After graduating from college, he wrote letters to the league office and to every team in the USA seeking employment.  His love of sports, especially football, helped him to be persistent and to never give up.  Eventually, the NFL hired him as an intern and gave him an annual salary of a little over $10,000.  It was not much, but the opportunity to be a part of the NFL was what he always dreamed of.  Read more

    Mon, Oct, 19, 2009

  • Why Do People Join A Mentoring Program?

    We asked one of our clients why do they think that people join a mentoring program and their response to us was:  “people join a mentoring program because they are curious and want to learn, or are ambitious and motivated to improve their career, or are stuck personally or professionally and want to find a new way to proceed.  The mentorees start out in search of these various goals, often with great energy but only a general idea of what they are looking for.  The heroes are the mentors who generously offer their time and wisdom to these seekers, guiding them down the paths that they themselves have walked.”  That is just one good reason why people join a mentoring program.  Don't you think it's a good time to start a program at your organization?  Feel free to contact us to learn how we can help your organization get started today. Read more

    Mon, Sep, 14, 2009

  • Learning & Development 2020

    For anyone in the talent development and learning fields, there is a very interesting article in TJ (Training Journal) about the brave new world of workplace learning in the not too distant future.  The article maintains that continuous, informal social learning will require talent development and learning professionals to become competent in creating conditions for this to occur.  The skill of learning will become increasingly important and people will need to be helped to become even more effective at learning for themselves and with others and this will involve new technologies. Read more

    Mon, Aug, 17, 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 Benefits: How It Helps Employers

    In these economic times, many companies are keeping a close eye on what and where they are spending their money.  In many cases organizations choose to eliminate programs such as mentoring and training.  Many companies overlook the benefits of mentoring.   They believe that mentoring is not essential to the employees and decide to either not implement a program, or eliminate it all together.  However, mentoring programs not only benefit the employees, but it also has significant results for employers.  Through mentoring, employers gain: Read more

    Wed, Jun, 17, 2009

  • Congratulations to Enterprise Rent-A-Car

      We would like to congratulate one of our clients, Enterprise Rent-A-Car for being chosen as one of the Best Companies for Diverse Graduates 2009.  This selective list was compiled by Diversity Edge Magazine.  The companies that were selected were those that have shown leadership in recruiting employees, retaining employees, and advancing the careers of diverse professionals.  Diversity Edge Magazine also looked for organizations that provide excellent entry level programs for individuals who have recently graduated college.  In June, there will be a feature article in Diversity Edge Magazine.  Read more

    Mon, May, 11, 2009