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How Mentoring Can Plug the Brain Drain

How much of your workforce could potentially retire any day now? Are you prepared to lose them and all of the knowledge they have (while simultaneously trying to fill their jobs with people ...

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The Purpose Behind Modern Mentoring Programs

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.

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How Different Generations View Mentoring

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 ...

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Questions and Curiosity Drive Deeper Learning in Mentoring

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 ...

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Are You Fully Engaged in Mentoring?

I often write about modern mentoring and how to engage with groups of people for collaborative and generative learning. But this time around, I want to focus on a more traditional mentoring ...

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Finding Time for Mentoring

We all know how difficult it is to find the time to complete tasks associated with our daily work duties, much less to find time for voluntary activities such as mentoring. So why do people do ...

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Is Your Learning Mindset in Need of a Change?

As learning and training professionals try to blend technology with learning, it can sometimes leave people feeling confused, directionless, and disenchanted with their learning experience. In ...

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Real Goals in Action

As I talked about in my post “SMART Goals Are Dumb,” SMART goals guide the setting of objectives, not goals. To establish developmental goals, we need REAL goals.

The REAL ...

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Smart Goals Are Dumb

Most everyone knows about SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Chances are you have used this mnemonic acronym at some point in your career to help you ...

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Modern Mentoring Provides Practical Advice

Over the past 15 years, I have pursued a dream for a new way of mentoring. I have pushed for a modern mentoring approach where everyone in an organization is involved in the practice as both ...

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Before You Go: Mentoring and the Exiting Employee

Your exiting employees hold a wealth of tacit knowledge and skills in their brains, and organizations need to formulate ways to tap into that knowledge before it walks out the door. With Baby ...

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Mentoring for Productivity

In Josh Bersin’s “Predictions for 2015” research report, he states that “Skills are now currency” and that “professionals at all levels have to continuously ...

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Who Is the Best Mentor/Advisor for You?

When I took over as President and CEO of my company more than a decade ago, I did not know very much about running a business. My background up to that point was in organizational design and ...

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4 Collaboration Styles in Social Learning and Mentoring

We’ve all been there, sitting in a meeting listening to someone speak, when the person asks a question of the group. Cue cricket sounds. No one wants to speak up, and everyone is waiting ...

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4 Phrases You Should Use in Mentoring

Most people would agree that we need to treat our mentees, mentors, learners, advisors, collaborators, and learning networks with dignity and respect, just as we would any other interpersonal ...

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