Business Mentoring Matters

6 Questions ALL Corporate Mentoring Programs Need to Consider

Posted on Tue, Dec, 22, 2015

Tags: Corporate Mentoring Programs

Do you ever wonder what makes a good professional mentoring program? There are important components that should be part of any successful program.

When people ask me to review existing corporate mentoring programs, I ask the following questions:

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Need to convince the C-Suite that mentoring is right for your company?

Posted on Tue, May, 06, 2014

Tags: Corporate Mentoring Programs

Are you in a situation where you just KNOW mentoring would have a positive effect on your organization, but you're not so sure the folks in the corner offices would be willing to make an investment in your gut instincts?

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Corporate Mentoring Testimonials

Posted on Wed, Jan, 22, 2014

Tags: Corporate Mentoring Programs

It’s easy for us to say we’re the experts in corporate mentoring programs and that we’ve truly fined tuned the mentoring process. But don’t take our word for it. During National Mentoring Month, read what some of our happy clients have to say:

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The Secret Sauce to Effective Mentoring Programs

Posted on Mon, Jan, 06, 2014

Tags: Announcements, Corporate Mentoring Programs

Rene Petrin was featured recently on the ASTD blog. If you are not familiar with ASTD, they are the American Society for Training & Development, and are the world's largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field.

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How to Get Management to Buy-In To A Corporate Mentoring Program

Posted on Thu, Mar, 07, 2013

Tags: Corporate Mentoring Programs

When you're trying to get buy-in from upper management to invest in corporate mentoring, you seldom do so without questions regarding ROI and bottom lines. These key points can help you to present the value a corporate mentoring program—if done right—can impart on a company, its culture, and its people. For even further detail, download our free white paper The Well Leveraged Corporate Mentoring Program: Understanding How to Leverage Yours In Order to Attract, Develop, and Keep Top Talent by clicking the first button below.

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Which Corporate Mentoring Model Is Right For Your Business?

Posted on Thu, Feb, 21, 2013

Tags: Mentoring Programs, Corporate Mentoring, Corporate Mentoring Programs

One of the advantages to mentoring is that it's flexible and can be adapted to an organization's specific culture and resources. Below are several different mentoring models.

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Corporate Mentoring: Then & Now

Posted on Mon, Jan, 14, 2013

Tags: Corporate Mentoring Programs

People have a better understanding of professional mentoring. In the past, people intuitively understood mentoring, but few knew how to implement a good corporate mentoring program. Today, people now know that corporate mentoring involves the following: understanding human nature, considering how adults relate, and learning how to link corporate goals with career aspirations.

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5 Strategies for a Corporate Mentoring Spruce-Up

Posted on Thu, Jan, 10, 2013

Tags: Corporate Mentoring Programs, Mentoring Solutions

It's the start of a new year and a great time to review your mentoring program, fix what doesn't work, and continue improving upon what does. Here are five "spruce up" strategies to help you do just that.

1. Review participants' feedback, but don't make changes unless they are in keeping with mentoring best practices. For example, you might get comments about the program being too formal and hindering the spontaneity of the relationship. But what's forgotten by those making the comment is that they wouldn't have had the relationship in the first place if a formal structure hadn't existed to support two strangers meeting and building a relationship. Negative feedback needs to be heard, but it doesn't always need to precipitate change.

2. Review struggling pairs and determine next steps. If the issue was a lack of commitment to time and program guidelines, then be clear about whether these people should participate again. This is especially true of mentors (usually mentorees participate only once in a program). It's important to have a discussion with the mentor in question if he or she decides to continue in the program. Let the mentor know that if he or she doesn't meet expectations, you will step in and end the pairing. This approach will ensure quality control of your program.

3. Use current participants to market your program to others. I'm often asked how to get buy-in from potential mentors or mentorees and my response is to let existing participants do the selling. One great way is to have an informational session where current mentors and mentorees share their experiences with prospective members. This is a powerful recruitment tool.

4. Use current participants for training new mentors and mentorees. Similar to #3 except in this case, you invite a given pair or number of mentors/mentorees to serve on a panel during training to share their experience and answer questions from those who are about to engage in the mentoring relationship. If you do this, have some questions prepared so that you can prompt interaction if you have a quiet audience.

5. Review your matching process. Look at those pairs who didn't do as well as you expected and review what went into those particular matches. What was the deciding factor in making this match, and, in retrospect, was that the correct decision to make? Did you have any concerns originally about this match? If yes, did these concerns manifest themselves in the results? What information was missing that would have helped to make a better match? Should you adjust your profile form to include this information for future matches? Likewise, look at your good matches and review why those matches worked so well. Were certain matches more successful because the information they provided was more comprehensive or revelatory? Should you then ensure that others do the same?

These five spruce-up strategies will help your organization's mentoring success.

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How can your organization benefit from a mentoring program?

Posted on Tue, Jan, 08, 2013

Tags: Corporate Mentoring Programs

Probably the biggest benefit of having a successful corporate mentoring program is that it helps not only the organization as a whole, but also the individuals within the organization. Let's take a look at the specific benefits for each.

A successful mentoring program benefits your organization by:

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Looking for Guest Bloggers to Write About Your Mentoring Experiences

Posted on Thu, Aug, 02, 2012

Tags: Corporate Mentoring, Announcements, Corporate Mentoring Programs

Attention all bloggers!

(....and those who have dreamed of owning that title!)

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