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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 20:00

HOW DIFFERENT GENERATIONS VIEW MENTORING

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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...

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 12:00

MENTORING INSIGHTS FROM CORPORATE PRACTITIONERS

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During two recent River webinars, participants answered poll questions that give us insight into the inner workings and issues facing mentoring administrators in today's organizations.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 10:00

THE MISSING PIECE OF MENTORING SUCCESS?

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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, 11 October 2016 08:00

THE CRITICAL ROLE OF MENTORING CONVERSATIONS

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A recent River webinar poll found that 89% of respondents said it was the developmental conversations between mentors and mentees that play the biggest role in mentoring effectiveness. So that begs the question: What are you doing to support and encourage quality conversations?

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, 13 September 2016 08:00

MENTORING IS MORE THAN THE MATCH

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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.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 18:00

MENTORING ADMINISTRATORS SOMETIMES NEED HELP TOO

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When you run a mentoring program, it may feel like your work is never done. To help you, River creates supporting material that you can use as an administrator in your daily work, or that you can share with your participants to help relieve some of the burden you may feel when it comes to supporting them. Case in point: The 5 Tips for Being a Better Mentor eBook is filled with... 

 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 06:00

MENTORING BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN US

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Over nearly two decades, I have seen River facilitate and support thousands of mentoring relationships. People have been helped, supported, guided, advised, listened to, and made to feel valuable and worthwhile, all because they took part in mentoring. On a micro level, this can change the course of a person’s life. On a macro level, it makes me say simply that mentoring brings out the best in us. Here are three ways this can happen.

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 06:00

CREATING A MODERN MENTORING CULTURE

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Mentoring is a proven method for sharing knowledge in a personalized way, for helping someone else gain skills and confidence, and for helping improve overall job satisfaction.

So why do so many companies still struggle with making mentoring a part of their culture?

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 06:00

HOW TO CREATE A MODERN MENTORING CULTURE

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We’ve talked about it: challenging the traditional one-size-fits-all type of mentoring. We see the value and need within organizations for this modern and ground-breaking approach to social learning and collaboration. "Modern mentoring" sounds right. Now we’re left with the "how": How do we create this modern mentoring culture within our organizations?

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 06:00

BUILDING BLOCKS FOR MODERN MENTORING

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In his book Modern Mentoring, Randy Emelo states that there are five core concepts that must be understood and used when creating a modern mentoring culture.  He suggests that when organizations are seeking to implement this strategy, they should follow these five principles...

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 08:00

GAIN SOFT SKILLS WHILE MENTORING

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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 employee populations. We’re all obsessed with being connected, but we don’t seem to do so well when it comes to actually connecting...

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 effective mentoring program. However, I hear repeatedly how difficult it is to create, implement, and scale a traditional program that is run through spreadsheets and hand-matching.

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 beginning of the relationship, which provides a concrete foundation for what each wishes to accomplish through the mentoring relationship.

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 06:00

ARE YOU FULLY ENGAGED IN MENTORING?

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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...

 

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...

Tuesday, 08 March 2016 06:00

HOW EFFECTIVE ARE YOU AS A MENTOR?

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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, mentoring success truly comes down to the people involved...

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 to lack of focus. Some fail due to the personalities of the people involved. Some fail simply because of shifting priorities.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 02:00

5 TIPS FOR BEING A BETTER MENTOR

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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 helping shape someone's development and potentially helping them carve out a career path for themselves.

But that said, it can also feel a bit overwhelming at times to be a mentor...

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 08:00

FINDING TIME FOR MENTORING

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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.

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