Business Mentoring Matters

My Recent Mentoring Experience: 3 Things I Learned

Posted on Mon, May, 01, 2017

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

Whenever I am asked to think about my mentoring experiences, it is an automatic habit to think of times I have been mentored. But the truth is, I have mentored as well. Recently, a good friend of mine's daughter graduated from college with a Communications Degree. I began mentoring her when she was a senior, making recommendations like getting on LinkedIn and reaching out to everyone and anyone she knew to let them know what type of work she'd be looking for when she graduated. Since I have a career in marketing, I assumed she would listen to everything I had to say like it was gold. She didn't. Well, not at first anyway. Here are three things I've learned in my most recent mentoring experience:

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Why Be a Mentor

Posted on Tue, Mar, 14, 2017

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

Mentoring can be incredibly rewarding for both the mentor and mentoree. In a successful relationship, mentors provide a safe environment for developing leadership and other professional skills, promote growth for their company, and gain personal satisfaction.

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5 Mentoring Skills All Great Mentors Possess

Posted on Thu, Feb, 23, 2017

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

Last week, we discussed seven traits of highly successful mentoring programs. Now, let's discuss five mentoring skills that the most successful mentors possess.

 1. The ability to listen. We're talking active listening and listening without passing judgment. Too often when we listen to someone else talk, we project ourselves onto the other person: what would we do, how would we react, what would we say?

The best mentors always look at the situation from the mentoree's perspective. Getting good at this requires listening closely to what the person is saying—and isn't saying. Think nonverbal cues and subtext, which leads us to our next mentoring skill.

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Mentoring Training: Highlights from Our Courses

Posted on Wed, Nov, 30, 2016

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

While mentoring is a natural process in many ways, investing some time in formal training can transcend an "okay" mentoring relationship to a great one.

Why?

Because learning the ins and outs of not only mentoring, but also relevant topics, such as how to actively listen, can equip the mentor, mentoree, and program manager with the skills needed to create an enriching relationship. The best part? These new skills can help all relationships (professional and personal).

So where should people begin? The best place to start is with our e-learning course, Maximizing Mentoring Success.

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How to Get the Most Out of Informal Mentoring

Posted on Mon, Oct, 24, 2016

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

At Management Mentors, we advocate formal mentoring rather than informal mentoring.

Here's a brief recap of the differences.

Formal mentoring programs include:

  • Connection to a strategic business objective of the organization
  • Established goals
  • Measurable outcomes
  • Open access for all who qualify
  • Strategic pairing of mentors and mentorees
  • Mentoring engagements lasting 9-12 months
  • Expert training and support
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[SLIDESHARE] This is NOT Your Grandmother's Mentoring Program!

Posted on Thu, Aug, 11, 2016

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

If your organization finds itself with an influx of millenials then how you approach mentoring will and should be different from how you did it ten years ago. 

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5 Reasons Why Mentoree & Mentor Training is Critical

Posted on Tue, Jun, 28, 2016

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

Regular readers of our blog know we're big proponents in training and educating mentors, mentorees, and program managers. That's why we provide so many free and budget-friendly resources, such as our mentor training courses and mentoring ebooks. We want to see people succeed in mentoring.

That said, we occasionally receive resistance from organizations when it comes to training. Here are five reasons why mentoree and mentor training is critical.

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Generational Workplace Diversity and Mentoring Millennials

Posted on Wed, Jun, 01, 2016

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

Diversity managers understand the inherent challenges in trying to create a level playing field for employees as they seek to develop their careers. Invisible barriers and the glass ceiling, for example, still exist in many organizations.

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Important Questions for Mentorees & Mentors after 90 Days

Posted on Tue, May, 17, 2016

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

The first three months of a new mentoring relationship are critical. Ideally, the mentoring program manager (MPM) should check in with all participants to see how everything is working out.

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4 Ways Mentorship Programs in the Workplace Can Keep Millennials Happy

Posted on Tue, Apr, 05, 2016

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

mentorship programs in the workplaceAs BloombergView notes, "The U.S. now has 88 million millennials, people born 1981 to 2000." (There are 2.5 billion Millennials around the world.)

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