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Randy Emelo

Randy Emelo

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

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 10:00

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.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 20:00

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 learned...

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 questions and...

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 06:00

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 schema—a mentoring pair.

Mentoring is meant to be a learning relationship where both parties benefit from spirited sharing. To get the most from your mentoring experience, you must fully engage...

 

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 08:00

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 it? And more importantly, how do they do it?

The answers to these questions are as unique as people themselves, yet there are some common factors.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 08:00

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 acronym stands for Relevant, Experimental, Aspirational, and Learning-based.

 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 12:00

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 focus in on a performance goal or complete a complex and multifaceted project. I myself have used it and have taught others about it.

Unfortunately, the SMART process is not one-size-fits-all.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:00

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 order to make the most of learning opportunities, we have to realize that technology exists solely as the enabler for us to bring learning to people in a new and different manner. However, to enact real change and bring real value to our learning efforts, we must...

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 06:00

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 learners and advisors. I have advocated for the creation of personal learning networks where each of us builds a team of learners and advisors whom we lean on and lead forth as needs dictate.

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