Business Mentoring Matters

7 Traits of Highly Successful Mentoring Programs

Posted on Fri, Feb, 17, 2017

Tags: Mentoring Programs

Many organizations offer mentoring programs (or some form of mentoring). While many of these programs are decent and admirable, here's the sad truth: truly successful mentoring programs—meaning ones that can sustain the success year after year—tend to be rare.

So what's the secret to creating a truly successful program? While a magic formula doesn't exist, the most successful programs tend to have these seven traits in common.

1. The most successful mentoring programs are carefully designed. A well thought out mentoring program typically enjoys great success because someone took the time to think through its set up, its objectives, and the matches between mentors and mentorees. Nothing is left to chance.

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Starting a Mentoring Program? Here's a 7-Point Checklist.

Posted on Wed, Dec, 07, 2016

Tags: Mentoring Programs

A successful mentoring program can be a boon to your business. However, it must be well thought out and organized to ensure employee development and company growth. Here’s a checklist to get you started:

1. What would you like to achieve with a mentoring program at this time?

Have you defined specific challenges you want to address and overcome like employee retention, succession planning, leadership development, workforce productivity, knowledge transfer, diversity & inclusion, onboarding?

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Mentoring Programs: Tips for the Six-Month Checkup

Posted on Tue, Jun, 14, 2016

Tags: Mentoring Programs

The most successful mentoring programs not only have engaged mentors and mentorees, but also engaged mentoring program managers (MPMs).

In addition to setting up the program and matching mentors and mentorees, effective MPMs will also conduct "check-ins" with pairs. Ideally, MPMs should check in at least once a quarter, but if that proves too cumbersome, make sure, at the very least, you conduct a mid-point check-in, which usually happens around the six-month mark.

During the six-month check-in, you will…

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5 Tips for Setting Mentoring Objectives

Posted on Tue, Apr, 12, 2016

Tags: Mentoring Programs

mentoring_objectivesWhen it comes to setting mentoring objectives, you should remember two important points. First, your mentoring program will have an overall objective (e.g. develop leaders). Second, each individual mentoring relationship between a mentor and mentoree will have its own set of objectives (e.g. develop more confidence speaking/presenting in front of groups, learn how to balance life/work better, create and launch a 3-year plan for growth).

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5 Things Every Workplace Mentoring Program Needs

Posted on Wed, Jan, 20, 2016

Tags: Mentoring Programs

While mentoring program models can vary, there are some things all good programs need, regardless of the type. Below is our list.

What Every Workplace Mentoring Program Needs…

  1. Eager mentors and mentorees. Seems like a no-brainer, right? But the keyword is "eager." Mentoring should not feel like a punishment or a chore. You must make sure people understand mentoring's inherent value.

Don't know how to rally the troops? Don't worry! We've got you covered with this free download on recruiting mentors and mentorees.

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10 differences between formal and informal business mentoring

Posted on Mon, Jun, 01, 2015

Tags: Mentoring Programs, mentoring pairs

differences between formal and informal mentoringInformal and formal mentoring are often perceived as being the same, but they have significant differences. A failure by individuals engaged in such relationships to understand these differences can lead to disappointment and frustration. Both can benefit the organization and the individuals involved.

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Does Your Company Have a Mentoring Philosophy?

Posted on Wed, May, 06, 2015

Tags: Mentoring Programs

At Management Mentors, we believe that mentoring is about building a trusting, transformational relationship promoting the sharing of personal experience and the transmission of knowledge and insight. The result is a relationship creating a developmental learning environment with opportunities for both mentor and mentoree to stretch beyond his or her boundaries within a safe environment.

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How Your Hiring Manager Should Talk Up the Company Mentoring Program

Posted on Tue, Feb, 24, 2015

Tags: Mentoring Programs

Mentoring is one of the more sought after benefits that prospective employees are seeking. Due to the overwhelming success of mentoring, prospective employees are very much aware of the value of having a mentor and are seeking companies that support that kind of career development.

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How Mentorship Programs Have Changed Over 25 Years

Posted on Tue, Feb, 17, 2015

Tags: Matching Pairs, Mentoring Programs

In reality, the dynamics of mentoring have really not changed in 25 years. The dynamics of the relationship continue to involve establishing a trusting relationship between the two partners.

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7 Quick Ways to See if Your Mentoring Program is on the Right Track

Posted on Tue, Feb, 10, 2015

Tags: Mentoring Programs

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