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Business Mentoring Matters
People are busy with their day-to-day jobs. Which is why if Bob's manager makes this suggestion to Bob—"It would be nice if you shared how to do This Important Task with Jane, John, and Terry"—Bob might do it. Or he might not. After all, it was merely a suggestion. Besides, Bob has This Important Task covered. And Jane, John, and Terry know that.
But here's the thing: let's say Bob gets hit by a bus. Too brutal? Fine. Let's say Bob gets sick—so sick that he can't talk on the phone for more than five seconds before, well, you know.
And now let's say that This Important Task needs to be done. Like, TODAY. It can't wait just because Bob is sick.
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You might be asking, “What is Anytime Mentoring?"
Think of it as two sides of the same coin:
- Knowledge sharing allows employees to request and share information and expertise across an entire organization.
- Social learning allows organizations to have a dedicated platform that enables users to communicate with each other. Think posts, comments, etc.
Can you relate to any of these three benefits of Anytime Mentoring?Read More
Knowledge sharing. Seems like a straightforward business term, doesn’t it? Share the stuff you know. Have you ever stopped to think about how much “knowledge” is in the room? Or how to extract it? Your employees, co-workers, mentors, managers, executive team, etc. bring with them all of the knowledge that they’ve gained not only during their current position, but also every position they have had up to this point. Add to that their education and personal experiences, and you may not need to look outside of your company for a certain expertise you may think you are lacking.
At this point, you may be asking yourself:Read More
Online mentoring can mean different things to different people. Most of the time when we talk about “online mentoring,” we’re referring to our online mentoring software: MentoringComplete.Read More
Way to go! You've made the decision to invest in e-mentoring software for your business. To find out which vendor stands out, ask each one the following questions.1. Is your software customizable? Every company has unique needs, so the solution you choose must be able to meet them. Oftentimes, this requires customization.
What to look for in an answer: Bottom line—the answer should be yes. As to degrees of customization, make sure, at the very least, you can…Read More
If you're still not sure you understand the benefits of mentor matching software like our Precision Matching tool, this list might help.1. It saves time for mentors and mentorees. In the "old days" of mentoring, participants would fill out forms by hand. Now mentors and mentorees can input all this information online. It makes it easier to stop/start and to change answers along the way. Plus, no worries about sloppy penmanship.
In addition, our matching tool uses "forced choice questions." These questions "force" people to make a choice, often between two desirable things. For example, a person might need to answer "yes" or "no" to the following statement: I'd rather my mentor be more businesslike than social.
Our tool also takes personality preferences and traits into consideration. It also determines what roles mentors prefer in order to match a mentor's style to a mentoree's preferences.
Congrats! You've made the decision to implement e-mentoring software at your company. What do you need to know before researching vendors?
1. Learn all you can about mentoring.Make sure you understand the basic tenets of mentoring, including what the mentoring relationship involves. Some things to keep in mind…
- Mentoring is a formal or informal developmental partnership where mentorees receive information, advice, and guidance from an experienced professional (i.e. the mentor).
Developing (and evaluating) a mentoring software RFP may seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Check out these suggestions to make the process more manageable.
1. Do your mentoring homework.
How much do you really know about mentoring? A good understanding of different mentoring programs, mentoring roles, and training will give you a strong foundation about the information you want to capture from your vendor and an understanding of the response. Some questions you may want to consider:Read More
Sharing knowledge. Parents do it with kids, teachers do it with students, peers do it with each other, employers do it with employees, and so on and so on. Much of this "knowledge sharing" is done in informal settings.Read More