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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 12:00

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 06:00

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 08:00

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...

Thursday, 06 November 2014 08:00

MENTORING, COACHING, & PEER LEARNING: OUR FLAVOR OF SOCIAL LEARNING

Written by Randy Emelo

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 04:00

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...

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 08:00

WHEN IT COMES TO LEARNING, MANAGERS SHOULD TAKE THE LEAD

Written by Randy Emelo

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

Written by Randy Emelo

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?

Written by Randy Emelo

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

Written by Randy Emelo

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...

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 06:00

3 STEPS TO MAKE YOUR PROFESSIONAL DREAMS A REALITY

Written by Randy Emelo

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 12:00

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...

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 06:00

WHAT KIND OF COLLABORATOR ARE YOU?

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Collaboration—such a simple word with such a complex nature.  Collaboration can lead to increased self-discovery, learning, creativity, and innovation. But collaboration isn’t always easy or productive.  We’ve all sat through meetings, participated in learning groups, worked on projects and so on where we know that the resulting collaboration could have been improved, to say the least...

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 06:00

THINK, SAY, DO: CAREER TIPS FOR MILLENNIALS

Written by Kristin Boe

I am no career expert, nor am I some crazy-successful Millennial CEO or entrepreneur. I am not on the 30 under 30 list, nor is it likely I will be there next year. That said, as a part of my job, I manage our River blog and social media efforts, so I am constantly looking for articles and resources that have to do with Millennials, getting ahead in one’s career, and other HR, learning, talent, and performance related topics to either blog about or to share with our followers...

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 16:00

SKILL GAPS: ARE WE CREATING OUR OWN PROBLEM?

Written by Randy Emelo

A November 2013 CareerBuilder survey found that nearly eight in 10 managers are at least somewhat concerned about the skills gap that exists in their company, but only about four in 10 organizations are doing anything about it. I agree that the skills gap is a very real and serious problem, but if companies are not willing to do anything to address the issue, then they need to stop complaining about it...

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 14:00

UNLOCK ORGANIZATIONAL SUCCESS WITH MODERN MENTORING

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Employee loyalty. Workforce productivity. Customer loyalty. High Revenues. What organization doesn’t want these types of coveted results? None that I can think of. But now comes the harder question: How can we achieve these results? According to the 2013 Employee Engagement Trends Report from Quantum Workplace, the answer lies in employee engagement, which they found strongly correlates with each of these keys to organizational...

85% of hostile employees don’t receive enough coaching from their boss, according to Quantum Workplace’s latest research study. What’s happening there? Is the manager just ignoring them, or is the manager ineffective at coaching? What do employees want out of coaching? Is it different than the manager’s perception? I sat down to research the topic to see how my advice on effective employee coaching would match up with what others...

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 08:00

COMBATTING THE FALLACY OF NOT HAVING TIME FOR A NEW SOFTWARE

Written by Chris Browning

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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