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Chris Browning

Chris Browning

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 00:00

THREE WAYS TO SABOTAGE YOUR MENTORING PLAN

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, 28 March 2017 08:00

5 MENTORING PROGRAM PITFALLS

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...

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...

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 10:00

THE MISSING PIECE OF MENTORING SUCCESS?

In my recent blog entry, Mentoring Is More than the Match, I described the “Five M’s of Successful Mentoring” model that we advocate here at River (market, match, monitor, motivate, and measure). Is there a sixth M missing from this model?

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 08:00

MENTORING IS MORE THAN THE MATCH

A mentoring program administrator’s job is more or less done once the match is made. This myth has sadly been around for as long as I’ve been involved in helping design mentoring programs, and it continues to be repeated by many organizations even today.

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 the most of this trend, your social learning strategy should include collaborative learning as a core element.

Collaborative and social—you might think they are the same thing...

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, everyone can know everything, and your company profits will shoot into the stratosphere!

Unfortunately, we know this is not the case. It takes much more than just a few lazy clicks of the mouse to make learning happen.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 08:00

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 corporate world. At its core, the concept of the flipped classroom is that the design of the instruction is reversed (or flipped) so that instructional content is provided outside of the classroom...

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 08:00

FIND YOUR MENTORING FIT

We all know that mentoring can play a critical role in our careers and development, but sometimes it’s hard to get started or difficult to find the right fit.  Mentoring is special because it focuses on each person’s needs or talents.  It’s about the personalized connections we make with coworkers...

We can all relate to the feeling of not having enough hours in the day to do the work we need to get done.  Or those times in our lives when we convince ourselves that we don’t have time to try something new: from a new software at work to yoga on the weekends, because we are too busy and “already don’t have enough time in the day.” But if we knew that trying the new software could help us get ahead at work or that yoga could reinforce a healthy lifestyle that prevents us from getting a disease, we might find a way to make time for these new activities...

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