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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 ...

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The Critical Role of Mentoring Conversations

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 ...

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Questions and Curiosity Drive Deeper Learning in Mentoring

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 ...

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Mentoring Administrators Sometimes Need Help Too

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 ...

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Gain Soft Skills While Mentoring

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 ...

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Mentoring Agreements Create the Foundation for Your Relationship

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 ...

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Are You Fully Engaged in Mentoring?

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 ...

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How Effective Are You as a Mentor?

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, ...

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Effective (and Ineffective) Characteristics of Mentees

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 ...

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5 Ways to Be a Great Mentor

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 ...

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Finding Time for Mentoring

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 ...

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Connect Modern Mentoring to Programs

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 ...

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Stop Training and Start Learning

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 ...

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Real Goals in Action

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 ...

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Smart Goals Are Dumb

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 ...

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