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Gain Soft Skills While Mentoring

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 ...

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Challenges with Managing a Traditional Mentoring Program

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 ...

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Mentoring Agreements Create the Foundation for Your Relationship

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 ...

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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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3 Reasons Why Collaborative Learning Needs to Be Part of Your Social Learning Strategy

Social learning remains a hot topic for organizations, especially as they try to ensure that they are leveraging the latest and greatest methodologies for developing their workforces. To make ...

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How Effective Are You as a Mentor?

In a recent blog, I wrote about effective and ineffective qualities of mentees. Let's turn our attention now to effective and ineffective qualities of mentors.

As I stated last time, ...

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Effective (and Ineffective) Characteristics of Mentees

We've all been there—feeling stuck in a mentoring relationship that was not how we envisioned it would be. It's the sad truth that not all mentoring relationships work out. Some fail due ...

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5 Ways to Be a Great Mentor

At some point in your life, there is a pretty good chance that you will be a mentor to someone, even if only in a more informal relationship. It can be exhilarating to think that you are ...

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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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The Magnitude of Mentoring

Mentoring is one of those rare gems in organizational development that makes people smile when they think about it. It provides a great way for us to give back to and connect with our ...

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Beware the Temptation to Be Lazy with Social Learning

The hype surrounding social learning can sound like an old carnival hawker at times. Social learning: The tonic to ease your troubles! With just a click here and a thumbs up there, ...

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How to Build Trust in Modern Mentoring Relationships

In my blog on the book Modern Mentoring, we've explored the concept of modern mentoring and the preliminary steps for a successful implementation of the program (e.g., how to gain buy-in ...

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Land and Expand for Mentoring Success

The idea of latching a modern mentoring program to an existing program or traditional mentoring program is crucial to continuing learning momentum and gaining quick successes. In his ...

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Connect Modern Mentoring to Programs

Connecting modern mentoring to existing programs is not an approach maybe some would have thought of. Many times when we encounter a new and innovative program idea, we think of starting from ...

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Flipped Classrooms Put Learning to Work

While the concept of the flipped classroom began to emerge in education circles in the 1990s, it has recently picked up steam as an approach to learning worthy of serious consideration in the ...

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