Your Own Personal Mentoring "Digest"

What a summer, huh? Here in the Northeast US, we had record-setting heatwaves in July, followed by a touch of fall in early August, and then a final blast of summer weather, just in time for the kids heading back to school.

We know summertime for many people means relaxed schedules (or, at least, different schedules), which can throw off some of your normal tasks, especially when it comes to staying current on your business reading. That's why we thought we'd highlight some articles below that you might have missed this summer (if you're in the northern hemisphere). Consider it your own personal mentoring digest.

1. Mentoring Software: Technology vs. the Human Touch. Mentoring is all about relationships--the human touch. Technology, with all its benefits, can never replace the human touch. It can, however, complement your mentoring program. Continue reading...

2. Cancelling Your Mentoring Session. The #1 challenge in all mentoring relationships is time. This means that you may have to cancel your mentoring session on occasion. So, here is some advice on how to handle such a situation. Continue reading...

3. Should Mentoring and Performance Management Be Linked? In the world of talent management, words like coaching, mentoring, and performance management are often misused. Why? All three are processes for development--processes that share common goals. But what's different about these processes is how they work and achieve the goals. Here, we'd like to provide some clarity. Continue reading...

4. When Should I End the Mentoring Relationship? In a formal mentoring program, the program itself provides the time when the relationship needs to come to closure. This is usually 9-12 months. However, sometimes one or the other partner feels it's time to end before that period of time. This may or may not mean it really is time to end as it could also mean that there is a problem in the relationship. What are the signs and what do they mean? Continue reading...

5. What Makes a Good Mentor? This is a question I get asked frequently and there isn't one set answer. It's difficult to predict which personality will mesh with another but with some thought put into a matching process, one can get great results. I do think there are qualities that are critical for someone to be a good mentor. Continue reading...

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