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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 02:00

KEYS TO CREATING A MENTORING CULTURE

Written by Laura Francis

Organizations and businesses of all types and sizes have latched on to the idea of mentoring for their employees—and for good reason. Mentoring impacts employee retention, productivity, engagement, leadership abilities, skill development, and morale. Yet implementing a mentoring program is a far cry from creating a mentoring culture.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 02:00

HOW TO TURN MENTORING CONVERSATIONS INTO ACTION

Written by Chris Browning

Conversations between mentees and mentors represent the foundation of mentoring relationships and provide a mechanism for development to occur. The quality of your conversations will directly impact the value it will have on your development... 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 00:00

THREE WAYS TO SABOTAGE YOUR MENTORING PLAN

Written by Chris Browning

There is a clear difference between those prospects who are actively looking to implement mentoring and those who are simply playing with the idea.  The problem is that many of those who are playing with the idea think they are actually acting, when in fact they are not.  Many initiatives start with good intentions, but then fail due to...

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 04:00

MAKE MENTORING CONVERSATIONS MEANINGFUL

Written by Laura Francis

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

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 12:08

THREE MENTORING LESSONS FROM HAMILTON

Written by Laura Francis

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

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 13:57

THE MENTORING JOURNEY

Written by Laura Francis

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.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 08:00

FOUR PHRASES EVERY MENTORING RELATIONSHIP NEEDS

Written by Laura Francis

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 14:00

BE BRAVE IN MENTORING

Written by Laura Francis

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.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 06:00

THREE FACTORS FOR BETTER COMMUNICATION IN MENTORING

Written by Randy Emelo

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

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 10:00

HOW DO I DESIGN A MENTORING PROGRAM?

Written by Laura Francis

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 06:00

MY MENTORING MANTRA

Written by Laura Francis

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.

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 08:00

MODERN MENTORING 2.0: THE NEW WAY TO RUN MENTORING PROGRAMS

Written by Laura Francis

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.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 10:00

DOES MENTORING SOFTWARE MAKE MENTORING IMPERSONAL?

Written by Laura Francis

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 10:00

RETAIN EMPLOYEES THROUGH MENTORING PROGRAMS

Written by Laura Francis

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 08:00

5 MENTORING PROGRAM PITFALLS

Written by Chris Browning

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...

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 06:00

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 06:00

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 16:00

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 08:00

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 08:00

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?

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