Business Mentoring Matters

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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Mentoring Goals: Examples for Inspiration

Posted on Wed, Feb, 08, 2017

Tags: mentoring goals

When mentors and mentorees begin their journey together, one of the big topics of discussion involves mentoring goals.

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National Mentoring Month: That’s a Wrap

Posted on Tue, Jan, 31, 2017

Tags: National Mentoring Month

Editor’s note: January is National Mentoring Month. All month long, we celebrated by sharing our own personal stories with mentoring. Read the essays from our team: Rene Petrin, Robyn Bradley, Joanne Wills, and Ranae Mogensen. To wrap up, we thought we’d provide some tips for mentors and mentorees—tips based on the stories our team members shared.

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My Mentor and Me: The Next Laverne & Shirley?

Posted on Tue, Jan, 24, 2017

Tags: National Mentoring Month

In honor of National Mentoring Month, I am pleased to share experiences I have had with a personal mentor of mine. My mentor takes the role of coach, confidante, teacher, cheerleader, friend and joker. Our relationship sometimes reminds me a little bit of two silly TV icons from the 70’s. You know the ones…


Robyn Bradley, who works for Management Mentors’ marketing team, unknowingly became my mentor when I was hired to work for MM six years ago. I had taken a ten-year sabbatical while raising a family. Re-entry into the work force proved that I was GREEN in so many ways. So many things in the business world had changed—namely—the web had changed EVERYTHING. While I was out attending playdates and preschool graduations, marketing folks were turning more and more to the internet to conduct business.

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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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