Business Mentoring Matters

How One Boss Morphed into Coach, Mentor, & Friend

Posted on Thu, Jan, 19, 2017

Tags: National Mentoring Month

Editor's note: January is National Mentoring Month. To celebrate, we're featuring our own stories and experiences with mentoring. Below is an essay from Joanne Wills, our sales manager.

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National Mentoring Month: How My Mentor Helped Me Find My Confidence

Posted on Wed, Jan, 11, 2017

Tags: National Mentoring Month

Editor's note: January is National Mentoring Month. To celebrate, we're featuring our own stories and experiences with mentoring. Below is a personal essay from Robyn Bradley, who is on our marketing team. A slightly different version of this essay appeared on her author website.

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National Mentoring Month: How My Mentor Changed My Life

Posted on Wed, Jan, 04, 2017

Tags: mentoring pairs

Editor's note: January is National Mentoring Month. To celebrate, we're featuring our own stories and experiences with mentoring. First up is a personal essay from our president and founder, Rene Petrin.

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Mentoring Blog Articles: 2016's top 5 posts

Posted on Wed, Dec, 28, 2016

Tags: Mentoring Resources

Wow! What a year for the Management Mentors Blog: Business Mentoring Matters. Thank you to all of our viewers and subscribers. This year, our blog posts have been viewed 126,399 times and we now have 4,555 subscribers! This leads us to believe we are creating content that is important, timely and relevant to our audience. Our goal for 2017 is to continue this trend and to always be sharing content that is useful to you.

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Business Mentoring Articles: Final Link Fest of 2016

Posted on Mon, Dec, 19, 2016

Tags: Business Mentoring in the News

At least once a quarter, we like to share business mentoring articles we’ve been reading and sharing internally. Here’s our final roundup of 2016. (Go here, here, and here to read previous installments from this year.)

1. Mentors Can Show Way at Work. This article highlights Andrea Crisafulli, president of Crisafulli Bros. Plumbing and Heating Contractors. Crisafulli has had many great mentors along the way and has paid it forward as well.

Insightful quote: “Having someone to show you the ropes and make introductions for you when you're just getting your career going is valuable. But it's also worthwhile to keep adding to your roster of mentors at every stage of your life.”

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Mentoring Tips: Communicating Expectations

Posted on Mon, Dec, 12, 2016

Tags: Mentoring Resources

Effective communication is the key ingredient of a successful mentoring relationship. We've discussed active listening vs. passive listening, which is essential. Now, let's provide some mentoring tips for effectively communicating expectations—a skill that mentors, mentorees, and program managers need to master.

1. Clarify assumptions.

Never assume anything. Always explicitly state any assumption and ask the other person if your assumption is correct. If it isn't, ask the person to clarify.

Here's an example:

  • Speaker #1: I'm sensing you're frustrated with your manager's response to your request. Is that a fair assessment?
  • Speaker #2: Frustrated might not be the best word. I was disappointed because I didn't feel my manager cared about why I was making the request.
  • Speaker #1: Dealing with disappointment can be a tough emotion to navigate, especially at work. Let's discuss ways for you to deal with this emotion and let's develop a strategy for how you want to approach your manager moving forward.

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Starting a Mentoring Program? Here's a 7-Point Checklist.

Posted on Wed, Dec, 07, 2016

Tags: Mentoring Programs

A successful mentoring program can be a boon to your business. However, it must be well thought out and organized to ensure employee development and company growth. Here’s a checklist to get you started:

1. What would you like to achieve with a mentoring program at this time?

Have you defined specific challenges you want to address and overcome like employee retention, succession planning, leadership development, workforce productivity, knowledge transfer, diversity & inclusion, onboarding?

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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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