Business Mentoring Matters

Sharing Skills and Knowledge: Don't Leave it to Chance

Posted on Mon, May, 15, 2017

Tags: Knowledge Share

People are busy with their day-to-day jobs. Which is why if Bob's manager makes this suggestion to Bob—"It would be nice if you shared how to do This Important Task with Jane, John, and Terry"—Bob might do it. Or he might not. After all, it was merely a suggestion. Besides, Bob has This Important Task covered. And Jane, John, and Terry know that.

But here's the thing: let's say Bob gets hit by a bus. Too brutal? Fine. Let's say Bob gets sick—so sick that he can't talk on the phone for more than five seconds before, well, you know.

And now let's say that This Important Task needs to be done. Like, TODAY. It can't wait just because Bob is sick.

What happens?

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Managing Diversity in the Workplace: It Starts with a Conversation

Posted on Tue, May, 09, 2017

Tags: diversity initiatives

One of the major reasons why organizations implement mentoring programs is to foster an appreciation for diversity with its challenges and promises. In other words, to get people talking and communicating about this incredibly important issue.

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My Recent Mentoring Experience: 3 Things I Learned

Posted on Mon, May, 01, 2017

Tags: mentoring relationships

Whenever I am asked to think about my mentoring experiences, it is an automatic habit to think of times I have been mentored. But the truth is, I have mentored as well. Recently, a good friend of mine's daughter graduated from college with a Communications Degree. I began mentoring her when she was a senior, making recommendations like getting on LinkedIn and reaching out to everyone and anyone she knew to let them know what type of work she'd be looking for when she graduated. Since I have a career in marketing, I assumed she would listen to everything I had to say like it was gold. She didn't. Well, not at first anyway. Here are three things I've learned in my most recent mentoring experience:

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Anytime Mentoring: 3 Cool Things About This Software

Posted on Wed, Apr, 26, 2017

Tags: Knowledge Share

You might be asking, “What is Anytime Mentoring?"

Think of it as two sides of the same coin:

  • Knowledge sharing allows employees to request and share information and expertise across an entire organization.
  • Social learning allows organizations to have a dedicated platform that enables users to communicate with each other. Think posts, comments, etc.

Can you relate to any of these three benefits of Anytime Mentoring?

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5 Reasons Why You Should Take Our Executive Mentoring e-Learning Course

Posted on Mon, Apr, 10, 2017

Tags: Executive Mentoring

We recently launched an e-learning course for executive mentors. Here are five reasons why it might be the perfect course for you to take.

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Introducing Our New Online Course: Executive Mentoring 101

Posted on Thu, Apr, 06, 2017

Tags: Executive Mentoring

Senior executives are leaders not only within their organization, but also within the larger business community. Placed in the highest positions within their companies, their daily actions can dramatically affect our families, our communities, our country, and the world.

We often view teachers, doctors, and others as being critical to our well-being as a society. We should view business executives the same way. Business executives have a tremendous wealth of knowledge, expertise, and experience that, when passed on to others, can help us learn from the past, plan for the future, and prepare tomorrow’s leaders.

So how do we help business executives share their knowledge with the next generation of great leaders? That's where executive mentoring comes in.

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Purposeful Knowledge Sharing: 3 Tips

Posted on Wed, Mar, 22, 2017

Tags: Knowledge Share

 

Knowledge sharing. Seems like a straightforward business term, doesn’t it? Share the stuff you know. Have you ever stopped to think about how much “knowledge” is in the room? Or how to extract it? Your employees, co-workers, mentors, managers, executive team, etc. bring with them all of the knowledge that they’ve gained not only during their current position, but also every position they have had up to this point. Add to that their education and personal experiences, and you may not need to look outside of your company for a certain expertise you may think you are lacking.

At this point, you may be asking yourself:

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Why Be a Mentor

Posted on Tue, Mar, 14, 2017

Tags: mentor

Mentoring can be incredibly rewarding for both the mentor and mentoree. In a successful relationship, mentors provide a safe environment for developing leadership and other professional skills, promote growth for their company, and gain personal satisfaction.

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5 Mentoring Skills All Great Mentors Possess

Posted on Thu, Feb, 23, 2017

Tags: mentoring skills

Last week, we discussed seven traits of highly successful mentoring programs. Now, let's discuss five mentoring skills that the most successful mentors possess.

 1. The ability to listen. We're talking active listening and listening without passing judgment. Too often when we listen to someone else talk, we project ourselves onto the other person: what would we do, how would we react, what would we say?

The best mentors always look at the situation from the mentoree's perspective. Getting good at this requires listening closely to what the person is saying—and isn't saying. Think nonverbal cues and subtext, which leads us to our next mentoring skill.

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7 Traits of Highly Successful Mentoring Programs

Posted on Fri, Feb, 17, 2017

Tags: Mentoring Programs

Many organizations offer mentoring programs (or some form of mentoring). While many of these programs are decent and admirable, here's the sad truth: truly successful mentoring programs—meaning ones that can sustain the success year after year—tend to be rare.

So what's the secret to creating a truly successful program? While a magic formula doesn't exist, the most successful programs tend to have these seven traits in common.

1. The most successful mentoring programs are carefully designed. A well thought out mentoring program typically enjoys great success because someone took the time to think through its set up, its objectives, and the matches between mentors and mentorees. Nothing is left to chance.

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