Management Mentors Celebrates 25 Years in 2014
While Mentoring Celebrates Nearly 3000
While Mentoring Celebrates Nearly 3000
Management Mentors founder Rene Petrin says the mentoring process has changed in the last quarter century, but the essence of mentoring hasn't.Chestnut Hill, MA, May 13, 2014 – Back in 1989 when Rene Petrin founded Management Mentors, Inc., the first George Bush was president. A gallon of gas cost roughly 97 cents. The founder of Facebook was getting ready to enter kindergarten. And Taylor Swift was getting ready to enter the world. While much has changed on the planet since Petrin hung his virtual shingle, one thing that has remained true is this: people still need—and want—mentoring.
Petrin says, "Mentoring is as old as civilization itself. The word 'mentor' is derived from Greek mythology. In Homer's The Odyssey, which was believed to be written in the 8th century B.C.E., Mentor and Odysseus are friends, and Mentor guides Odysseus's son while Odysseus is away during the Trojan War. This need for guidance—for mentorship—is something that has followed human beings throughout the ages. Yes, the process of mentoring has evolved. But the need and desire for mentoring has endured."
You could say that mentoring is Petrin's passion. After spending years in human resources and discovering that most companies weren't doing an adequate job developing their number one asset—employees—Petrin decided to go out on his own. His mission was straightforward: to create an organization devoted solely to teaching businesses how to mentor the talent they already had within their own walls. Twenty-five years later, the business landscape has certainly transformed, but Petrin says that mentoring is still one of the most effective ways to nurture and grow talent.
That's not to say that the mentoring process hasn't changed. Petrin explains, "Back in 1989, I'd work one-on-one with companies and teach them how to manually create a mentoring program. We were living in a 9-5, non-digital world. Today, all of that legwork is now web-based, including the all-important matching process. Our system, MentoringComplete, allows people to access their mentoring program online. It doesn't matter where they are or what time it is. Even our resources—like our white paper on how to create a pilot mentoring program—are available online. Technology has absolutely revolutionized the mentoring process."
MentoringComplete isn't the only technological advancement Management Mentors has made in the last quarter century. The company also offers online mentoring training and certification courses with a new course slated for late 2014. Within the last several years, the company has released 11 ebooks for Kindle, Nook, and iPad on a wide variety of mentoring topics, including how to find a mentor and mentor/mentee readiness instruments.
But it's not just technology that has affected mentoring. "We're experiencing a generational shift right now," Petrin says. "Millennials are entering the workforce in droves. And just like we did for the generations that came before them, we need to adjust and recalibrate certain work processes to accommodate this new and eager generation of workers. I think this is a good thing. Many people grouse about change, and I've heard my fair share of complaints about Millennials, but the thing is we all need to evolve and adjust, and mentoring can go a long way at making sure this adjustment goes smoothly for everyone. In fact, we just released a white paper on how to mentor Millennials, because it's that important. It's an exciting time be a mentor and mentee, and all of us at Management Mentors can't wait to see what happens in the next 25 years."
About Management Mentors:
Since 1989, Management Mentors has been designing and implementing world-class business mentoring programs and helping companies attract and retain high potential employees. Based outside of Boston, Mass., Management Mentors’ corporate mentoring programs develop future leaders and create a more diverse workforce by removing the barriers to equal opportunity. Management Mentors has achieved a 90% success rate with pairs it matches using a thoughtful, proven process. Current and past clients include Enterprise Rent-A-Car, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, The New York Times Corporation, The City of Tallahassee, Cooper Tire, FedEx Kinkos, Quaker Oats, Schering Plough, TJX Corporation, and Sony Music Corporation. For more information on how your firm can enjoy greater success through mentoring, contact us at 617.789.4622 or visit us at www.management-mentors.com.