Business Mentoring Matters

8 Habits of a Successful Professional Mentor

Posted on Mon, Aug, 22, 2016

What makes for a successful professional mentor? While certain characteristics can—and do—vary from person to person, some are more common than others. Below is a roundup.

  1. They have a positive attitude. It's hard to be an effective mentor if you're negative or grumpy all the time. (It's hard to be an effective anything if you have a bad attitude, right?) That's not to say a mentor isn't allowed a bad day or even a bad week or month. But the best mentors will turn these challenging times into teachable moments by sharing the experience with the mentorees and explaining how they (the mentors) navigate rough waters—info that the mentorees can certainly benefit from hearing.
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7 Tips for Positive Mentoring Outcomes

Posted on Mon, Aug, 15, 2016

Tags: Benefits of Mentoring

You're getting ready to embark on a mentoring relationship. You're excited and maybe a little nervous. And you're hoping it will be a success. Here's how to make sure your mentoring experience is a positive one.

1. Take time to understand what mentoring is. The biggest mistake that new mentors and mentorees make is diving in without having any understanding of what mentoring is—and what it's not.

For example, a mentor is not someone who is going to teach you how to use a piece of software (this would be a job for a business coach). In a mentoring relationship, the mentoree always does the heavy lifting since mentoring is all about personal and professional transformation.

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[SLIDESHARE] This is NOT Your Grandmother's Mentoring Program!

Posted on Thu, Aug, 11, 2016

Tags: Millennials

If your organization finds itself with an influx of millenials then how you approach mentoring will and should be different from how you did it ten years ago. 

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5 Questions You Should Ask All Vendors about eMentoring Software

Posted on Mon, Aug, 01, 2016

Tags: Mentoring Software

Way to go! You've made the decision to invest in e-mentoring software for your business. To find out which vendor stands out, ask each one the following questions.

1. Is your software customizable? Every company has unique needs, so the solution you choose must be able to meet them. Oftentimes, this requires customization.

What to look for in an answer: Bottom line—the answer should be yes. As to degrees of customization, make sure, at the very least, you can…

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5 Motivational Mentoring Quotes

Posted on Mon, Jul, 25, 2016

Tags: mentoring success

If you are a regular subscriber to our blog, you may have noticed that we ocasionally post inspirational mentoring quotes. In fact, these posts tend to be some of our most viewed posts.

The following quotes were borrowed from Forbes’ 100 Best Quotes on Leadership. We picked each quote as a reminder to you that mentoring and leadership go hand in hand, both in business and in the rest of our lives.

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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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