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Be Brave in Mentoring

Having the courage to admit your flaws, identify your weaknesses, pursue your hidden dreams, and tackle the things that scare you most can take a mentoring relationship to an entirely ...

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Three Factors for Better Communication in Mentoring

To build a communication cycle for your mentoring program, you should consider three factors: focus, rhythm, and frequency.

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Mentoring Is More than the Match

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 ...

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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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Challenges with Managing a Traditional Mentoring Program

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 ...

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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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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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Modern Mentoring Provides Practical Advice

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 ...

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Who Is the Best Mentor/Advisor for You?

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 ...

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4 Collaboration Styles in Social Learning and Mentoring

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 ...

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4 Phrases You Should Use in Mentoring

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 ...

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Crappy Advisors Stifle Mentoring Groups

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 ...

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