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Tuesday, 26 May 2015 04:00

MENTORING FOR PRODUCTIVITY

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In Josh Bersin’s “Predictions for 2015” research report, he states that “Skills are now currency” and that “professionals at all levels have to continuously reskill themselves to stay current and relevant” (p.25, Bersin by Deloitte, January 2015).

This should not come as a surprise to anyone in L&D; we know that skills must be honed, refined, and kept current, which means constantly working on them in some way. Unfortunately, the way most L&D professionals address this need is to provide broad-based training or e-learning.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 02:00

WHO IS THE BEST MENTOR/ADVISOR FOR YOU?

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When I took over as President and CEO of my company more than a decade ago, I did not know very much about running a business. My background up to that point was in organizational design and development, leadership development, and training. I did not know much about the day-in and day-out tasks of managing a business, but I was about to learn very quickly.

 

We’ve all been there, sitting in a meeting listening to someone speak, when the person asks a question of the group. Cue cricket sounds. No one wants to speak up, and everyone is waiting for someone else to take action.

Now imagine that happening in a social learning environment when people only interact via technology. One colleague refers to this as playing “social chicken.” 

I’ve seen several articles recently that tout the supposedly “new” phenomenon of reverse mentoring, like this one from The Sydney Morning Herald, or even this one that appeared on the AARP website. What I find mildly disturbing about these articles is... 

River was thrilled to recently receive three awards for our modern mentoring platform... While I could list many cool features and some awesome functionality that River offers, what I ultimately came down to is this: River helps companies solve real business problems. This is why River is winning awards.

Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:00

4 PHRASES YOU SHOULD USE IN MENTORING

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Most people would agree that we need to treat our mentees, mentors, learners, advisors, collaborators, and learning networks with dignity and respect, just as we would any other interpersonal relationship. During the daily grind, however, this can sometimes take a backseat...

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 06:00

IT'S TIME FOR A MENTORING REVOLUTION!

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Most organizations are typically only able to provide mentoring opportunities for 1- 10% of their employee base because they look at mentoring as only a highly structured formal process that requires hand-matching and intense administrative work. This means most of your workforce is missing out...

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 08:00

FIND YOUR MENTORING FIT

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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...

Thursday, 20 November 2014 04:00

THE MANY FACES OF MENTORING

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Is there more than one type of mentoring? Yes! Modern mentoring is dynamic and comprised of relational connections of all types...

Thursday, 13 November 2014 06:00

WHY MENTORING WOMEN BENEFITS YOUR BOTTOM LINE

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As a career-minded woman who is lucky enough to have had the opportunity to learn from many successful women, this statement from a recent Fast Company article certainly caught my eye: Having women in leadership positions directly correlates with the success of a company...

I think most people can agree that organizational social learning is a process where people learn from other people in a corporate context. Seems simple enough. We are all on the same page then, right? Yes, until you get to application. Then you have about as many options and opinions as to how to accomplish the process we all call “social learning” as there are types of ice cream...

Thursday, 30 October 2014 02:00

THE POWER OF PEERS IN MODERN MENTORING

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How many of the following do you wish your employees did automatically or naturally? 1. Engage in self-directed learning 2. Create adaptable and flexible development networks 3. Learn in collaborative ways across functions, levels, and geography 4. Share and generate new ideas with colleagues...

In my opinion, managers have gotten a bad rap, especially in articles and blogs that compare leaders versus managers; managers take on the role of multitasking villains and leaders become heroic visionaries. In reality, we depend on our managers; they are the people keeping the balls in the air and the organization moving forward.  They help us coordinate people, processes, and projects and take charge of the day-to-day...

Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:00

BEING A LEADER MEANS INSPIRING COMMUNITY

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Have you heard of Airbnb? Bromium? Uber? If you haven’t yet, you can be sure that you will. These are just a few examples of companies that have seemingly sprung up overnight and are poised to totally disrupt the status-quo in their respective industries. I’m not telling you anything new when I say that this type of market reality is the new normal for organizations, and that as a result, companies...

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 06:00

IS L&D STUCK IN A TIME WARP?

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While watching CNN’s documentary series, “The Sixties,” recently, I began thinking about how far technology and our concept of work has advanced, yet how organizational learning and development has somehow managed to lag behind. The entire notion of work has gone from a mutual commitment that lasted a lifetime and was celebrated with a gold 25-year anniversary watch to an era of networked freelancers who may not be bound to a physical desk...

By 2025, 75% of the workforce will be made up of people from my generation, or the Millennial generation. We are headed for the cubicle, desk or office near you. Are you ready for us?  I like to think it is in your organization’s best interest to hire and retain the best people that the Millennial generation has to offer (and really any generation, but I’m a Milennial so it’s all about me, me, me, right? J). Don’t just take my word for it (the hiring bit, not the narcissistic bit); look at industry-leading companies like Apple, Google...

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 12:00

CRAPPY ADVISORS STIFLE MENTORING GROUPS

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Healthy and dynamic mentoring groups require one or more people to assume the role of advisor or group learning leader. This advisor should be someone who knows relatively more about a certain skill or has more knowledge and expertise in a certain area than the people who are in the group as learners. (And it’s worth noting that an advisor’s age and title should have no bearing on whether or not they are advisors.). That said, if you’ve been asked to advise others...

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 10:00

WHY MILLENNIALS THINK YOUR ONBOARDING PROCESS SUCKS

Written by Kristin Boe

A 2014 Bentley University study revealed that the majority of recent Millennial graduates gave themselves a C- when it came to their level of preparedness for the workforce. Many people from this huge generation, an estimated 75% of the global workforce by 2025, are arriving to your organization lacking skills, knowledge and cultural awareness they will need to be successful in the short and long term. When they arrive at our corporate doors, we must begin the process of onboarding and getting these new employees indoctrinated into our cultures...

We all have dreams and aspirations. We all have ideas for our futures. We all have plans for how we want to live our lives. However, not all of us are able to make these dreams a reality. Why are some people able to turn these fantasies into realities while others are not? It could be due to personality differences, commitment to realizing their dreams, a change in priorities, an inability to complete tasks, trying to take on too much too fast, and numerous other reasons...

Monday, 28 April 2014 10:00

3 MYTHS ABOUT COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

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Think you know what your employees want when it comes to collaboration and knowledge sharing in the workplace?  In a 2013 benchmarking study by Towards Maturity called “New Learning Agenda,” researchers found that: 88% of learners want to be able to learn at their own pace. 77% of learners want to engage with online learning...

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