Business Mentoring Matters

Say Hello to the NEW Mentoring University

Posted on Thu, Mar, 17, 2016

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

Mentoring University is the educational arm of our company, and we gave it a makeover in January.

Mentoring comes naturally to most people. No doubt, we've all done some informal mentoring in our lives at some point. But a formal mentoring relationship requires additional instruction and insight. And that's what Mentoring University is all about—it provides cost-effective resources that will help deepen your understanding of mentoring. Think e-learning courses, ebooks, and webinars.

Our new Mentoring University site accomplishes several goals:

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3 Resources to Help with Mentoree & Mentor Training

Posted on Wed, Feb, 10, 2016

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

Is your company starting a mentoring program for employees? Or maybe you already have one, but it could use a refresh? A mentoring program is only as good as the training its participants receive. Help to create successful mentoring relationships by providing your mentors, mentorees and program managers the tools they need to succeed.

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Millennials and Mentoring [Infographic]

Posted on Tue, Jan, 12, 2016

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

The Millennials have arrived! Organizations—and the people within them—should remain aware of the changes that are occurring thanks to the influx of Millennials, including the shifts in language and cultural norms.

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What is A Mentor?

Posted on Mon, Oct, 12, 2015

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

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We get this question a lot: What is a mentor?

Whether you are new to the concept of business mentoring or you've been involved in a mentoring relationship in the past, the following two lists will help you to understand better both the ideal mentor profile and the requirements for an effective mentor. Feel free to share these lists within your mentoring program. They may help your program to get back on track.

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3 excuses companies use to justify skipping mentoring training

Posted on Tue, Sep, 08, 2015

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

mentoring trainingIt would seem common sense that companies should train both mentors and mentorees in understanding the dynamics of a mentoring relationship.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case for a variety of reasons.  Here are a few:

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Mentoring Training for both Mentors and Mentorees

Posted on Tue, Sep, 01, 2015

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

mentoring_trainingIn the spirit of back to school season, we are dedicating our blog in these upcoming posts to education— namely, mentoring training.

In my 25+ years designing and implementing corporate mentoring programs, one thing has remained constant: the programs that succeed are the ones set their mentoring programs up for success by educating and training their mentors, mentorees, and program managers.

Aren't all mentoring programs set up for success?

Unfortunately, no. That's not to say these programs don't have good intentions. I suspect just about every organization that takes the time to set up some sort of mentoring program, even an informal one, has good intentions. 

So what makes the difference? How can you ensure your corporate mentoring program succeeds?

Programs that include a training element tend to be the ones that succeed.

Why does my program need a training component?

Good question. After all, mentoring isn't a foreign concept. Most of us probably get what it is, at least at a top level. But how many of us know how to mentor or be mentored when we enter a mentoring program for the first time? Based on my experience, I can promise you this: not many.

What topics should mentoring training cover?

Mentoring training should introduce and educate mentoring program participants on topics such as:

  • Crucial mentoring skills and key concepts of the corporate mentoring program
  • Creating the relationship
  • Building on the relationship
  • Achieving mastery/confidence
  • Communicating within the mentoring relationship
    • active listening
    • common barriers to listening 
    • specific listening techniques
    • giving feedback
    • receiving feedback 
  • Diversity and Mentoring
    • stereotypes
    • unique aspects of diversity mentoring

So whether it's back to school, starting a new mentoring program, or re-enegizing your existing mentoring program, remember that education and training is important! 

 

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How to ask someone to be your mentor

Posted on Fri, May, 29, 2015

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees, Mentoring Program Manager

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How to Prepare for Your Meeting With Your Mentor

Posted on Wed, May, 27, 2015

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

In a one-on-one mentoring relationship, many mentorees may make the mistake of assuming that the onus is on the mentor to prepare the schedule and the agenda for meetings with their mentorees.

Not so!

The primary purpose of the mentoring relationship is to help to develop the mentoree. Therefore, the mentoree should be pro-active and help to create an agenda and a relationship that reflects the types of goals he/she would like to achieve. Mentors are offering their valuable time to their mentorees. It is the mentoree's responibility to make the most of that time (think "you get what you pay for").

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When Mentorship Programs Fail Due to Poor Training

Posted on Tue, Oct, 28, 2014

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees

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What is hybrid mentoring?

Posted on Thu, Oct, 02, 2014

Tags: Mentors & Mentorees, Mentoring Software & Tools

There is a new terminology arising in mentoring recently: hybrid mentoring. At Management Mentors, we call it Anytime Mentoring. In some cases hybrid mentoring is a result of trying to respond to millennials who are seeking quick and easy access via a mentoring software system to be able to get the mentoring they need when they need it.

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