Business Mentoring Matters

Business Mentoring 101: Test Your Knowledge

Posted on Wed, Nov, 01, 2017

Tags: Mentoring FAQs

It's time to test your business mentoring knowledge. Go through each statement below and answer true or false. Then, review the answer key, which includes brief explanations. 

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Coaching and Mentoring: What's the Difference?

Posted on Thu, Oct, 19, 2017

Tags: Mentoring FAQs

When it comes to employee development, a failure to understand the differences between coaching and mentoring can lead to disappointing results. So let's look at some of these differences. 

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The Ideal Mentoree Profile

Posted on Wed, Sep, 20, 2017

Tags: Mentoring Best Practices, Mentoring FAQs

Earlier this month, we talked about what mentors do, and through this discussion, we built an ideal mentor profile. Now, it's time to look at the ideal mentoree profile. 

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What Does a Mentor Do?

Posted on Wed, Sep, 06, 2017

Tags: Mentoring Best Practices, Mentoring FAQs

We firmly believe that just about anyone can be a mentor, provided it's something the person wants to do. (If someone doesn't want to mentor, forcing the person into a relationship would never be a good idea.) 

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How to Evaluate a Mentoring Website

Posted on Tue, Oct, 11, 2016

Tags: Mentoring FAQs

As you research mentoring software and vendors, you'll likely be visiting many websites. How can you tell the "real deal" from unreliable companies?

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How to Coach Employees

Posted on Mon, Sep, 19, 2016

Tags: Mentoring FAQs

Are you wondering how to coach employees in specific skill sets (e.g. using social media) or something more abstract (e.g. overall leadership)? Are you concerned about the number of coaches you'd need as well as how to match coaches to employees?

Here's something to think about before you bring in people from the outside: harness the coaching power that already exists within your workforce.

Employees are a wealth of information. This hypothetical will demonstrate my point: Terry in marketing is a social media wiz and could definitely help Carrie, the general sales manager, learn the ins and outs of Instagram and Snapchat. Joe in accounting knows Excel inside and out—he could assist Tom at the front desk. And Amanda in HR has been active in Toastmasters for over a decade. She'd love to coach the junior sales reps on their presentation skills.

OK, we know what you're thinking: sure, using existing employees as coaches sounds great, but how could a large organization, especially one with multiple locations, make such a thing a reality?

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3 of Our Favorite "Other" Mentoring Services

Posted on Mon, Feb, 01, 2016

Tags: Mentoring FAQs

We spend a lot of time talking about our e-mentoring software solutions, such as MentoringComplete, Precision Matching, and Anytime Mentoring. But we offer several other robust mentoring services as well. Here's the scoop:

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Does it always need to be coaching vs mentoring?

Posted on Thu, Aug, 20, 2015

Tags: Mentoring FAQs

We talk a lot about coaching and mentoring. Typically we discuss the differences between coaching and mentoring, because in a business setting, there are major differences. But today, I'd like to discuss when coaching and mentoring work together.

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Do you know the 5 types of business mentoring models?

Posted on Mon, Aug, 17, 2015

Tags: Mentoring FAQs

business_mentoring_modelsOne of the advantages of mentoring is that it can be adapted to any organization’s culture and resources. There are several business mentoring models to choose from when developing a mentoring program. The following are the 5 types of business mentoring models:

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Ask an expert and avoid implementing the wrong mentoring solution

Posted on Thu, Oct, 09, 2014

Tags: Mentoring FAQs

Recently, I had a prospect (a large international manufacturing company) take advantage of my free one-hour consult on mentoring. This company is interested in having new employees mentored as part of onboarding. Specifically, they also wanted the mentors to work on helping their mentorees to more quickly produce on the job. In just those two sentences, I could tell that mentoring was not the right solution.  Here's why:

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