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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 05:57

THE MENTORING JOURNEY

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Mentoring is a journey.  Once we embrace the fact that our mentoring relationships may move us in unexpected directions, we can begin to explore some of the wonderful and amazing insights, experiences, and life gifts that we gather along the way.

If you want to build a more genuine, caring, and meaningful mentoring relationship, then you need to know the four phrases that can help you get there.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 04:00

BE BRAVE IN MENTORING

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Having the courage to admit your flaws, identify your weaknesses, pursue your hidden dreams, and tackle the things that scare you most can take a mentoring relationship to an entirely different level.

To build a communication cycle for your mentoring program, you should consider three factors: focus, rhythm, and frequency.

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 02:00

HOW DO I DESIGN A MENTORING PROGRAM?

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We hear from people every day who need to start or expand a mentoring program, but who aren’t sure of what steps to take.  The big question we get is: How do I design a mentoring program for my organization?  Here is the answer.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 00:00

MY MENTORING MANTRA

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I have many mentors and supporters surrounding me, giving me advice, helping me deal with the struggles my family faces, and giving me strength to do what I need to do for the well-being of my son who has special needs.  Through all of this, I came to realize that I have a mentoring mantra, which can be applied by all of us, regardless of our circumstances: I do not have to do this alone.

Mentoring continues to evolve in the workplace today, and we continue to learn valuable lessons on what works well and what could use some adjustments. Here are four lessons we've learned in the past few years when it comes to modern mentoring and e-mentoring for the business world...and beyond.

At its core, mentoring is about learning from the experience of others.  But does mentoring lose something when software is introduced into the mix?

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 02:00

RETAIN EMPLOYEES THROUGH MENTORING PROGRAMS

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What are you doing to retain your employees?  Offering them more money?  Letting them work from home?  Giving them free lunches?  You may want to rethink your retention strategies...

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 00:00

5 MENTORING PROGRAM PITFALLS

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Why do mentoring programs fail? As with any program, attention needs to be paid to the manner in which mentoring is implemented to ensure success. Here are five common pitfalls we've seen over the years...

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

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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

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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

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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...

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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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