Laura Francis's posts

Laura Francis is Chief Knowledge Officer at River. Laura joined River in 2000 and became the company’s voice to the market straightaway. Her blogs often focus on how mentees and mentors can get more from their relationships and on ideas for mentoring administrators to use as they run their programs. She also uses her life as a mom to a child with special needs as inspiration for many of her writings.
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Sage Advice for Mentors

Most people feel it is a great privilege to be asked to be someone's mentor. It can also be a little humbling and overwhelming at times to be looked upon as someone who might have the answers to ...

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Don’t Let Mentoring Just Become a Fad

Mentoring should not be just a fad. Here are three tips to help you make your mentoring program a staple of your organization.

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Mentoring Makes Employees Happy and Productive

Mentoring can be a great equalizer. Access to leaders, knowledge sources, and collaboration opportunities are critical. Learn more here.

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Reverse Mentoring: 10 Tips for Making It Work

If you want your reverse mentoring program to be a success, here are 10 how-to tips that can help ensure your mentees and mentors discover the value and joy of mentoring.

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Keys to Creating a Mentoring Culture

Design the mentoring culture you want! Here are three things to get you started...beyond just launching a mentoring program.

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Make Mentoring Conversations Meaningful

Hooray!  You’ve found a mentee or mentor and are officially part of a mentoring relationship.  Now what?  Now comes the work...

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Three Mentoring Lessons from Hamilton

Three sentiments I uncovered in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s brilliant award-winning musical Hamilton that can apply to the practice of mentoring.

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The Mentoring Journey

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, ...

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Four Phrases Every Mentoring Relationship Needs

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.

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Be Brave in Mentoring

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.

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How Do I Design a Mentoring Program?

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. Here is the answer.

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Modern Mentoring 2.0: The New Way to Run Mentoring Programs

Four lessons we've learned in the past few years when it comes to modern mentoring and running a business e-mentoring program.

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Does Mentoring Software Make Mentoring Impersonal?

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

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Retain Employees Through Mentoring Programs

Mentoring and retention go hand-in-hand. Learn how mentoring software can positively impact your employee retention efforts in this blog.

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Mentoring Ethics

Connect mentoring programs to ethics training to support and guide employees in the real world while they apply their new knowledge.

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