Business Mentoring Matters

Mentoring Training: Highlights from Our Courses

Posted on Wed, Nov, 30, 2016

Tags: mentoring training

While mentoring is a natural process in many ways, investing some time in formal training can transcend an "okay" mentoring relationship to a great one.

Why?

Because learning the ins and outs of not only mentoring, but also relevant topics, such as how to actively listen, can equip the mentor, mentoree, and program manager with the skills needed to create an enriching relationship. The best part? These new skills can help all relationships (professional and personal).

So where should people begin? The best place to start is with our e-learning course, Maximizing Mentoring Success.

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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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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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Say Hello to the NEW Mentoring University

Posted on Thu, Mar, 17, 2016

Tags: mentoring training

Mentoring University is the educational arm of our company, and we gave it a makeover in January.

Mentoring comes naturally to most people. No doubt, we've all done some informal mentoring in our lives at some point. But a formal mentoring relationship requires additional instruction and insight. And that's what Mentoring University is all about—it provides cost-effective resources that will help deepen your understanding of mentoring. Think e-learning courses, ebooks, and webinars.

Our new Mentoring University site accomplishes several goals:

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3 Resources to Help with Mentoree & Mentor Training

Posted on Wed, Feb, 10, 2016

Tags: mentoring training

Is your company starting a mentoring program for employees? Or maybe you already have one, but it could use a refresh? A mentoring program is only as good as the training its participants receive. Help to create successful mentoring relationships by providing your mentors, mentorees and program managers the tools they need to succeed.

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3 excuses companies use to justify skipping mentoring training

Posted on Tue, Sep, 08, 2015

Tags: mentoring training

mentoring trainingIt would seem common sense that companies should train both mentors and mentorees in understanding the dynamics of a mentoring relationship.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case for a variety of reasons.  Here are a few:

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Mentoring Training for both Mentors and Mentorees

Posted on Tue, Sep, 01, 2015

Tags: mentoring training

mentoring_trainingIn the spirit of back to school season, we are dedicating our blog in these upcoming posts to education— namely, mentoring training.

In my 25+ years designing and implementing corporate mentoring programs, one thing has remained constant: the programs that succeed are the ones set their mentoring programs up for success by educating and training their mentors, mentorees, and program managers.

Aren't all mentoring programs set up for success?

Unfortunately, no. That's not to say these programs don't have good intentions. I suspect just about every organization that takes the time to set up some sort of mentoring program, even an informal one, has good intentions. 

So what makes the difference? How can you ensure your corporate mentoring program succeeds?

Programs that include a training element tend to be the ones that succeed.

Why does my program need a training component?

Good question. After all, mentoring isn't a foreign concept. Most of us probably get what it is, at least at a top level. But how many of us know how to mentor or be mentored when we enter a mentoring program for the first time? Based on my experience, I can promise you this: not many.

What topics should mentoring training cover?

Mentoring training should introduce and educate mentoring program participants on topics such as:

  • Crucial mentoring skills and key concepts of the corporate mentoring program
  • Creating the relationship
  • Building on the relationship
  • Achieving mastery/confidence
  • Communicating within the mentoring relationship
    • active listening
    • common barriers to listening 
    • specific listening techniques
    • giving feedback
    • receiving feedback 
  • Diversity and Mentoring
    • stereotypes
    • unique aspects of diversity mentoring

So whether it's back to school, starting a new mentoring program, or re-enegizing your existing mentoring program, remember that education and training is important! 

 

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When Mentorship Programs Fail Due to Poor Training

Posted on Tue, Oct, 28, 2014

Tags: mentoring training

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Graduating college? Entering workforce? Find a mentor. It can help.

Posted on Wed, Mar, 26, 2014

Tags: Online Mentoring, mentoring training, Mentoring Resources

What if this happened to you?

You’re about to graduate from college and looking forward to your first career opportunity. You’re excited about finally getting the opportunity to put your years of education into practice. Unfortunately, your enthusiasm is not shared by prospective employers who view you and the hundred other applicants like you as all being the same:  you all have a degree but no experience. How valuable can you be?  You use the services of the college Placement Office but you’re just one of the many in line looking desperately for assistance in finding that first job.  Your resume looks like everyone else’s and the advice given to you at the Placement Office is given to every other graduate because you’re all in the same boat.

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Newsletter: Business Mentoring Online Training

Posted on Thu, Jun, 27, 2013

Tags: Online Mentoring, mentoring success, mentoring training

Check out our latest newsletter: Business Mentoring Summer School to learn all about Management Mentors' online mentoring training programs.

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