Business Mentoring Matters

Mentoring Training: Highlights from Our Courses

Posted on Wed, Nov, 30, 2016

Tags: mentoring training

While mentoring is a natural process in many ways, investing some time in formal training can transcend an "okay" mentoring relationship to a great one.

Why?

Because learning the ins and outs of not only mentoring, but also relevant topics, such as how to actively listen, can equip the mentor, mentoree, and program manager with the skills needed to create an enriching relationship. The best part? These new skills can help all relationships (professional and personal).

So where should people begin? The best place to start is with our e-learning course, Maximizing Mentoring Success.

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5 Tips for Better Online Mentoring

Posted on Mon, Nov, 21, 2016

Tags: Online Mentoring

Online mentoring can mean different things to different people. Most of the time when we talk about “online mentoring,” we’re referring to our online mentoring software: MentoringComplete.

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Turn to Us for FREE Mentoring Advice

Posted on Wed, Nov, 16, 2016

Tags: Corporate Mentoring Consultations

Did you know we offer free one-hour consultations? No muss, no fuss, no obligation to buy from us—now or ever.

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New Mentoring Course: Group Mentoring for Mentors

Posted on Tue, Nov, 01, 2016

Tags: Group Mentoring

We're thrilled to announce our newest online mentoring course: Group Mentoring for Mentors.

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How to Get the Most Out of Informal Mentoring

Posted on Mon, Oct, 24, 2016

Tags: mentoring relationship

At Management Mentors, we advocate formal mentoring rather than informal mentoring.

Here's a brief recap of the differences.

Formal mentoring programs include:

  • Connection to a strategic business objective of the organization
  • Established goals
  • Measurable outcomes
  • Open access for all who qualify
  • Strategic pairing of mentors and mentorees
  • Mentoring engagements lasting 9-12 months
  • Expert training and support
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Business Mentoring Link Fest: More Mentoring Articles

Posted on Mon, Oct, 17, 2016

Tags: Mentoring Resources

Here's our latest roundup of mentoring articles. (Read earlier installments here  and here.)

1. The Deloitte Millennial Survey 2016. Bottom line: this survey says that it's not too late to earn Millennials' loyalty. The key? Mentoring.

Insightful quote: "Where it exists, mentoring is having a positive impact and six in 10 (61 percent) Millennials are currently benefitting from having somebody to turn to for advice, or who helps develop their leadership skills.

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How to Evaluate a Mentoring Website

Posted on Tue, Oct, 11, 2016

Tags: mentoring website

As you research mentoring software and vendors, you'll likely be visiting many websites. How can you tell the "real deal" from unreliable companies?

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What do mentors do?

Posted on Tue, Sep, 27, 2016

Have you been asked to participate as a mentor in your company’s mentoring program? Feeling a little bit apprehensive because you are not sure what a mentor actually does?

Well, we are here help you to identify what your role as a mentor would look like. Think of it this way, we often break businessprojects down in two ways: strategy and tactics. Strategic responsibilities have us thinking about the big picture, the overall grand plan or expected outcome of a project. Tactical responsibilities are the tasks that need to be done in order to complete the project—the nitty gritty, if you will.

Mentoring can be approached in much the same way. If your company has a mentoring program, it is best practice for the mentoring program manager to define the overall goal of the program (the strategy) as well as to provide the mentoring pairs with a plan for their time together (the tactics). It is also best practice for the mentoring program manager to provide training for both the mentors and the mentorees. This training would include discussions about the overall goal that the company has set in place for the mentoring program. It would also include resources to be used during mentoring sessions including discussion guides, checklists, etc.

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How to Coach Employees

Posted on Mon, Sep, 19, 2016

Tags: Mentoring vs. Coaching

Are you wondering how to coach employees in specific skill sets (e.g. using social media) or something more abstract (e.g. overall leadership)? Are you concerned about the number of coaches you'd need as well as how to match coaches to employees?

Here's something to think about before you bring in people from the outside: harness the coaching power that already exists within your workforce.

Employees are a wealth of information. This hypothetical will demonstrate my point: Terry in marketing is a social media wiz and could definitely help Carrie, the general sales manager, learn the ins and outs of Instagram and Snapchat. Joe in accounting knows Excel inside and out—he could assist Tom at the front desk. And Amanda in HR has been active in Toastmasters for over a decade. She'd love to coach the junior sales reps on their presentation skills.

OK, we know what you're thinking: sure, using existing employees as coaches sounds great, but how could a large organization, especially one with multiple locations, make such a thing a reality?

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This is What Effective Mentoring Looks Like

Posted on Mon, Sep, 12, 2016

Tags: mentoring

Effective mentoring is a two-way street, meaning that both mentor and mentoree must actively participate in the relationship to make it work. So what would an effective mentoring relationship look like? Here are some signs…

1. The mentor and mentoree look forward to their time together.

Mentoring shouldn't feel like a chore. Instead, both mentors and mentorees should look forward to meeting and discussing progress and challenges, deepening the relationship, and enjoying lighthearted moments as well (e.g. laughter, good stories).

2. The mentoree feels the transformative effect of mentoring.

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