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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.

Monday, 08 February 2016 06:00

THE MAGNITUDE OF MENTORING

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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 colleagues, and it makes us feel good when we think about being able to share our knowledge and experience with others. We want to help people learn from our mistakes and successes!

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 06:00

BEWARE THE TEMPTATION TO BE LAZY WITH SOCIAL LEARNING

Written by Chris Browning

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.

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 and expose leaders). We talked about the various benefits of the program, the various approaches to "land and expand" the program, and ideas for attaching the concept to existing programs. So once all this is done and achieved, does modern mentoring just... 

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 08:00

LAND AND EXPAND FOR MENTORING SUCCESS

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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 book, Modern Mentoring, Randy Emelo emphasizes and stresses the huge opportunity that exists when attaching modern mentoring to an existing mentoring program, either formal or informal.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 14:00

CONNECT MODERN MENTORING TO PROGRAMS

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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 the ground up. The reality is that sometimes there are barriers that prohibit us to stretch resources for these larger scale projects.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 08:00

FLIPPED CLASSROOMS PUT LEARNING TO WORK

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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...

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 10:00

2015: WHERE DID THE YEAR GO?

Written by Laura Francis

Talk about timing flying! This year seemed to go by even more quickly than usual. Maybe that's because we had so much keeping us busy! Here are a few highlights in case you missed anything.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 10:00

THE VALUE OF CONTEXT IN EXPERTISE

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Bill Fisher, a professor at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), penned a thought-provoking blog for Harvard Business Review called "The End of Expertise." Fisher attempts to explain the decline of expertise in a world where anyone can Google a keyword and stumble upon information. He uses an interesting formula from David W. Maister, et.al., focused on a trust equation...

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 06:00

CORPORATE CULTURE SHINES LIGHT ON CHARACTER

Written by Laura Francis

In the unending war for talent, one factor that organizations use to set themselves apart is their culture. We're the fun company! We're the place to work if you want to get ahead. We're the company with perks you've never thought about needing and no titles to bog you down. We're the firm where all self-respecting [insert job category here] work.

Whatever their spiel is, companies do their best to tell people what makes them unique. 

Thursday, 19 November 2015 06:00

WEBINAR RECAP: BUILDING YOUR MENTORING ROADMAP

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What does mentoring look like in your organization?

During River's webinar on building your mentoring roadmap, the majority of audience respondents said that mentoring in their organization was either a few small programs run by various groups (32.5%), informal only (27.5%), or a small program for a specific group only (20%).

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 14:00

IS YOUR LEARNING MINDSET IN NEED OF A CHANGE?

Written by Randy Emelo

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, 28 October 2015 12:00

STOP TRAINING AND START LEARNING

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Companies spend billions of dollars on employee training each year, but to what end?

A 2008 Corporate Executive Board study called “Sales Executive Council: Introduction to Talent Development” showed that within a week of a formal training event, people forgot 70 percent of what they learned. A month after the event, people forgot 87 percent of what they learned.

 

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 08:00

REAL GOALS IN ACTION

Written by Randy Emelo

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

Written by Randy Emelo

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, 16 September 2015 08:00

WEBINAR RECAP: CONTINUOUS LEARNING

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From rapidly evolving skill needs to perpetually moving goals and targets, people need to constantly learn while accomplishing their daily work. It's no longer enough to have a single training event without sustained follow-up. Employees need to engage in continuous learning instead, where learning is an embedded part of their everyday activities.

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 06:00

WOMEN GET MORE DONE THAN MEN

Written by Laura Francis

Politics can be an ugly business. The infighting, the backstabbing, the name calling—sounds a lot like middle school, frankly.

In an episode of the wonderful political drama of the late 1990s and early 2000s, The West Wing, a character says there are two things you never want the public to see you make: laws and sausages. I'm paraphrasing from memory, but the point was...

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 06:00

MANAGERS NEED TRAINING

Written by Laura Francis

Managers provide a critical link between executive leaders and lower level employees. They are often the go-between among these two groups, taking the broad strategy that leadership envisions and turning it into actionable tasks that their subordinates complete. They play an important role in bringing the greater goals of the company to life.

Yet despite the vital work they do, managers are often the first to be let go in layoffs and are the least likely to receive training.

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 06:00

MODERN MENTORING PROVIDES PRACTICAL ADVICE

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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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