We recently launched an e-learning course for executive mentors. Here are five reasons why it might be the perfect course for you to take.Read More
Business Mentoring Matters
Senior executives are leaders not only within their organization, but also within the larger business community. Placed in the highest positions within their companies, their daily actions can dramatically affect our families, our communities, our country, and the world.
We often view teachers, doctors, and others as being critical to our well-being as a society. We should view business executives the same way. Business executives have a tremendous wealth of knowledge, expertise, and experience that, when passed on to others, can help us learn from the past, plan for the future, and prepare tomorrow’s leaders.
So how do we help business executives share their knowledge with the next generation of great leaders? That's where executive mentoring comes in.Read More
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.Read More
When mentors and mentorees begin their journey together, one of the big topics of discussion involves mentoring goals.Read More
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?Read More
We're thrilled to announce our newest online mentoring course: Group Mentoring for Mentors.Read More
Effective mentoring is a two-way street, meaning that both mentor and mentoree must actively participate in the relationship to make it work. So what would an effective mentoring relationship look like? Here are some signs…
1. The mentor and mentoree look forward to their time together.Mentoring shouldn't feel like a chore. Instead, both mentors and mentorees should look forward to meeting and discussing progress and challenges, deepening the relationship, and enjoying lighthearted moments as well (e.g. laughter, good stories).
- Pro tip: Here are three mentoring activities to help break the ice at the beginning of a relationship. And here are seven tips for positive mentoring outcomes.
2. The mentoree feels the transformative effect of mentoring.Read More
Anyone can call him/herself a mentoring expert. Identify the real McCoy by asking these questions.Read More
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…
When it comes to researching information on how to start a mentoring program, your friend Google will likely lead you to many great articles that discuss things like program type, matching pairs, and selecting program managers. But the one topic that is consistently overlooked? The budget conversation. I'm here to remedy that.Read More