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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 02:00

SOCIAL LEARNING HASN’T WORKED? TRY MENTORING

Written by Chris Browning

I think it’s safe to say that participation in many organizational social learning programs has fallen woefully short of hopes and expectations. Why? Well, one reason is...

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 00:00

MENTORING ETHICS

Written by Laura Francis

Giving someone a support system for while they are doing their job is not something radical, but we think it should be required. When it comes to something as critical as ethics, this should not be left to chance.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 02:00

MENTORING GROUPS HELP REINFORCE LEARNING

Written by Laura Francis

It’s a natural fit to use group mentoring as an integrated part of more traditional training interventions. The participants can lean on their peers...

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 00:00

ENHANCE EMPLOYEE TRAINING WITH MENTORING PROGRAMS

Written by Laura Francis

Adults no longer feel that outsourcing or being replaced by younger workers is the greatest threat to their jobs. But their ability to keep pace with rapid changes in technology is making them especially nervous...

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

WEBINAR RECAP: GETTING THE MOST FROM MENTORING CONVERSATIONS

Written by Laura Francis

Knowing how to engage in productive mentoring conversations plays a critical—but often overlooked—role in helping people achieve their goals when mentoring. What stops us from engaging in productive conversations?

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 00:00

THE PURPOSE BEHIND MODERN MENTORING PROGRAMS

Written by Randy Emelo

There is a growing need to engage workers in meaningful collaboration and to share wisdom that only comes as the result of experience, which is where mentoring fits.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 08:00

HOW DIFFERENT GENERATIONS VIEW MENTORING

Written by Randy Emelo

In conversations with HR practitioners and talent development leaders, people regularly ask me about one thing: the way that different generations view mentoring.  Here's what I've learned...

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 02:00

MENTORING INSIGHTS FROM CORPORATE PRACTITIONERS

Written by Laura Francis

During two recent River webinars, participants answered poll questions that give us insight into the inner workings and issues facing mentoring administrators in today's organizations.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 02:00

THE MISSING PIECE OF MENTORING SUCCESS?

Written by Chris Browning

In my recent blog entry, Mentoring Is More than the Match, I described the “Five M’s of Successful Mentoring” model that we advocate here at River (market, match, monitor, motivate, and measure). Is there a sixth M missing from this model?

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 00:00

THE CRITICAL ROLE OF MENTORING CONVERSATIONS

Written by Laura Francis

A recent River webinar poll found that 89% of respondents said it was the developmental conversations between mentors and mentees that play the biggest role in mentoring effectiveness. So that begs the question: What are you doing to support and encourage quality conversations?

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 00:00

QUESTIONS AND CURIOSITY DRIVE DEEPER LEARNING IN MENTORING

Written by Randy Emelo

If we want to develop more inquisitive and innovative learners in our companies, we have to start by fostering their curiosity and encouraging them to engage in conversations that ask deeper questions and...

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:00

MENTORING IS MORE THAN THE MATCH

Written by Chris Browning

A mentoring program administrator’s job is more or less done once the match is made. This myth has sadly been around for as long as I’ve been involved in helping design mentoring programs, and it continues to be repeated by many organizations even today.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 06:00

MENTORING ADMINISTRATORS SOMETIMES NEED HELP TOO

Written by Laura Francis

When you run a mentoring program, it may feel like your work is never done. To help you, River creates supporting material that you can use as an administrator in your daily work, or that you can share with your participants to help relieve some of the burden you may feel when it comes to supporting them. Case in point: The 5 Tips for Being a Better Mentor eBook is filled with... 

 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 00:00

MENTORING BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN US

Written by Laura Francis

Over nearly two decades, I have seen River facilitate and support thousands of mentoring relationships. People have been helped, supported, guided, advised, listened to, and made to feel valuable and worthwhile, all because they took part in mentoring. On a micro level, this can change the course of a person’s life. On a macro level, it makes me say simply that mentoring brings out the best in us. Here are three ways this can happen.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 00:00

WEBINAR RECAP: CREATING A MODERN MENTORING CULTURE

Written by Laura Francis

Mentoring is a proven method for sharing knowledge in a personalized way, for helping someone else gain skills and confidence, and for helping improve overall job satisfaction.

So why do so many companies still struggle with making mentoring a part of their culture?

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

HOW TO CREATE A MODERN MENTORING CULTURE

Written by Adriane Gonzalez

We’ve talked about it: challenging the traditional one-size-fits-all type of mentoring. We see the value and need within organizations for this modern and ground-breaking approach to social learning and collaboration. "Modern mentoring" sounds right. Now we’re left with the "how": How do we create this modern mentoring culture within our organizations?

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 00:00

BUILDING BLOCKS FOR MODERN MENTORING

Written by Adriane Gonzalez

In his book Modern Mentoring, Randy Emelo states that there are five core concepts that must be understood and used when creating a modern mentoring culture.  He suggests that when organizations are seeking to implement this strategy, they should follow these five principles...

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 04:00

GAIN SOFT SKILLS WHILE MENTORING

Written by Laura Francis

As more and more of our lives become digital, distanced, and distracted, I find it telling that many HR folks have been talking a lot about soft skills—or the lack thereof within their employee populations. We’re all obsessed with being connected, but we don’t seem to do so well when it comes to actually connecting...

Most organizations today have some form of a mentoring program and initiative. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with many companies to assist in the organization and development of an effective mentoring program. However, I hear repeatedly how difficult it is to create, implement, and scale a traditional program that is run through spreadsheets and hand-matching.

Establishing the groundwork for your mentoring relationship is a key element for success. You give yourself and your mentoring partner an advantage by creating a mentoring agreement at the beginning of the relationship, which provides a concrete foundation for what each wishes to accomplish through the mentoring relationship.

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