Business Mentoring Matters

8 Reasons Why Mentor Matching Software Rocks

Posted on Tue, Jul, 19, 2016

Tags: Mentoring Software

If you're still not sure you understand the benefits of mentor matching software like our Precision Matching tool, this list might help.

1. It saves time for mentors and mentorees. In the "old days" of mentoring, participants would fill out forms by hand. Now mentors and mentorees can input all this information online. It makes it easier to stop/start and to change answers along the way. Plus, no worries about sloppy penmanship.

In addition, our matching tool uses "forced choice questions." These questions "force" people to make a choice, often between two desirable things. For example, a person might need to answer "yes" or "no" to the following statement: I'd rather my mentor be more businesslike than social.

Our tool also takes personality preferences and traits into consideration. It also determines what roles mentors prefer in order to match a mentor's style to a mentoree's preferences.

 

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Business Mentoring Link Fest

Posted on Wed, Jul, 06, 2016

Tags: Mentoring Resources

It's time for another business mentoring link fest, where we round up the latest and greatest articles on mentoring. Let's get to it.

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5 Reasons Why Mentoree & Mentor Training is Critical

Posted on Tue, Jun, 28, 2016

Tags: mentoring training

Regular readers of our blog know we're big proponents in training and educating mentors, mentorees, and program managers. That's why we provide so many free and budget-friendly resources, such as our mentor training courses and mentoring ebooks. We want to see people succeed in mentoring.

That said, we occasionally receive resistance from organizations when it comes to training. Here are five reasons why mentoree and mentor training is critical.

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4 Things to Consider Before Researching E-Mentoring Software Vendors

Posted on Wed, Jun, 22, 2016

Tags: Mentoring Software

Congrats! You've made the decision to implement e-mentoring software at your company. What do you need to know before researching vendors?

1. Learn all you can about mentoring.

Make sure you understand the basic tenets of mentoring, including what the mentoring relationship involves. Some things to keep in mind…
  • Mentoring is a formal or informal developmental partnership where mentorees receive information, advice, and guidance from an experienced professional (i.e. the mentor).
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Mentoring Programs: Tips for the Six-Month Checkup

Posted on Tue, Jun, 14, 2016

Tags: Mentoring Programs

The most successful mentoring programs not only have engaged mentors and mentorees, but also engaged mentoring program managers (MPMs).

In addition to setting up the program and matching mentors and mentorees, effective MPMs will also conduct "check-ins" with pairs. Ideally, MPMs should check in at least once a quarter, but if that proves too cumbersome, make sure, at the very least, you conduct a mid-point check-in, which usually happens around the six-month mark.

During the six-month check-in, you will…

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How to Start a Mentoring Program: The Budget Conversation

Posted on Wed, Jun, 08, 2016

Tags: mentoree success, mentoring

When it comes to researching information on how to start a mentoring program, your friend Google will likely lead you to many great articles that discuss things like program type, matching pairs, and selecting program managers. But the one topic that is consistently overlooked? The budget conversation. I'm here to remedy that.

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Generational Workplace Diversity and Mentoring Millennials

Posted on Wed, Jun, 01, 2016

Tags: Millennials

Diversity managers understand the inherent challenges in trying to create a level playing field for employees as they seek to develop their careers. Invisible barriers and the glass ceiling, for example, still exist in many organizations.

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Mentoring Software RFPs: 6 Tips for Managing the Process

Posted on Wed, May, 25, 2016

Tags: Mentoring Software

Developing (and evaluating) a mentoring software RFP may seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Check out these suggestions to make the process more manageable.

 1. Do your mentoring homework.

How much do you really know about mentoring? A good understanding of different mentoring programs, mentoring roles, and training will give you a strong foundation about the information you want to capture from your vendor and an understanding of the response. Some questions you may want to consider:

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Important Questions for Mentorees & Mentors after 90 Days

Posted on Tue, May, 17, 2016

Tags: mentoring training

The first three months of a new mentoring relationship are critical. Ideally, the mentoring program manager (MPM) should check in with all participants to see how everything is working out.

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Leadership & Mentoring: 14 Helpful Resources

Posted on Thu, May, 12, 2016

Tags: Leadership Development

Some of this content first appeared in our informative white paper, Mentoring & Leadership: FAQs, Tips & Real Life Stories. For the full white paper, click here.

leadership_and_mentoringLeadership and mentoring. The two go hand-in-hand like peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, chips and salsa. (Hungry yet? OK, we’ll stop now.)

It’s easy to accept the idea of this grand partnership because, on the surface, it sounds good. After all, leadership is an important and valued skill, and mentoring is something most people welcome, especially if it will help them advance in their careers.

But do you truly understand the link between leadership and mentoring? What do the individual terms mean, and do these meanings change when you link the two? How does mentoring foster leadership (and is mentoring always necessary)? And what does a “leadership” mentoring program look like anyway?

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