Business Mentoring Matters

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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How to ask someone to be your mentor

Posted on Fri, May, 29, 2015

Tags: mentoring pairs, Mentors & Mentorees, mentoring relationships

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How to Prepare for Your Meeting With Your Mentor

Posted on Wed, May, 27, 2015

Tags: mentoring relationships, Mentorees

In a one-on-one mentoring relationship, many mentorees may make the mistake of assuming that the onus is on the mentor to prepare the schedule and the agenda for meetings with their mentorees. Not so! The primary purpose of the mentoring relationship is to help to develop the mentoree. Therefore, the mentoree should be pro-active and help to create an agenda and a relationship that reflects the types of goals he/she would like to achieve. Mentors are offering their valuable time to their mentorees. It is the mentoree's responibility to make the most of that time (think "you get what you pay for"). Read More

Mentoring requires both partners to know what they are doing!

Posted on Thu, Sep, 18, 2014

Tags: mentoring relationships

Each week, I get inquiries from a prospective client to enhance their mentoring program. When I ask if they train people on how to engage in mentoring, the answer is often "Yes."  Without asking about the quality of that training, I ask if they train mentorees as well as mentors and the answer is often "No." This is one of the most serious mistakes made in a mentoring program. This means that one-half of the partnership doesn't know what they are doing within that relationship!

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Mentoring Myth: Chemistry required for a successful formal mentoring relationship

Posted on Tue, Sep, 02, 2014

Tags: mentoring relationships

There are some mentoring myths we encounter day in and day out as we guide our clients on their mentoring journey. This is the third in a series of posts on mentoring myths. Watch as we bust these myths wide open! 

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How to get mentorees to open up during a mentoring session

Posted on Tue, Aug, 12, 2014

Tags: mentoring relationships

In speaking with several mentors recently, they expressed concern about wanting their mentoree to be more open on a given issue but afraid to push too hard and turn the mentoree off to the idea.

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How to use storytelling in your next mentoring session

Posted on Tue, Aug, 05, 2014

Tags: mentoring relationships

Is your mentoring relationship at a stalemate? Have you run out of ideas or topics to cover? Here's a fresh idea that could provide some real insight into your mentoree's creative side, generate some great fodder for future sessions and spice up your relationship (professionally of course!).

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Having a Conversation about Personal Issues in Mentoring

Posted on Thu, Jul, 31, 2014

Tags: mentoring relationships

Whenever you are involved in mentoring, there is a good possibility that at some point your mentoree may share some very personal issues that they are dealing with.  Some may feel uncomfortable or unprepared to deal with such issues, but it's important to recognize that this is an important moment in the mentoring relationship and you should not let this pass. Below is a sample script you might find helpful if you encounter this situation:

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Common Mistakes Made By New Mentors

Posted on Thu, Apr, 17, 2014

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees, mentoring relationships


Mentors are people who are generous at heart and have the best interests of the mentoree when working with them. Even so, new mentors can sometimes make inadvertent mistakes that can pose a problem now or in the future for the mentoring relationship.

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Common Mistakes Made By New Mentorees in a Mentoring Relationship

Posted on Thu, Apr, 10, 2014

Tags: mentoring relationships

Having a mentor is one of the most important relationships you can have in your career.  Once a mentoring relationship has been established, you will grow, not only in specific areas you've identified, but also in ways unexpected and long after your relationship may have ended. To increase your chances of having a successful experience, avoid these common errors mentorees often make in their initial meetings with their mentor.

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