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  • 5 Tips for Building a Successful Mentoring Relationship

    Author: Sam Cook

    Date: Sep 8, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    As a mentee, all you need to do is ask a few questions from someone with experience, and as a mentor, all you need to do is give a few helpful tips...right? It’s often not that simple, especially when the mentoring relationship is focused on talent development within an organizational setting. A successful mentoring relationship can be highly rewarding for everyone involved, but mentoring ...

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  • What Is the Purpose of Mentoring (and How Does Mentoring Work?)

    Author: Sam Cook

    Date: Sep 1, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    If you came here to learn more about the purpose of mentoring programs there’s a good chance you’re considering launching one — or someone in your organization is strongly advocating for it. (Are already running a mentoring program and currently considering implementing mentoring software? Here’s some detailed information on the benefits of mentoring software). Mentoring programs are not a “one ...

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  • Mentor vs. Coach: What's the Difference?

    Author: Sam Cook

    Date: Aug 19, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    Mentoring and coaching are incredibly similar concepts. They are commonly (but not always) 1:1 relationships between someone who wants to learn and someone who has the experience that can be taught. But when you whittle down the details, the mentor vs. coach comparison reveals some distinct differences that matter far more than you might realize at first. Instead of being direct analogs, what ...

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  • Mentoring Programs Are Not One Size Fits All

    Author: Laura Francis

    Date: Aug 4, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    Lessons Learned about Mentoring in the Workplace Over the past two decades, we’ve worked with hundreds of organizations on designing, launching, and managing their mentoring programs. We’ve learned many lessons over the years as to what works well and what does not work so well when it comes to mentoring in the workplace. We’ve also seen trends emerge around how companies leverage mentoring and ...

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  • How Effective Are You as a Mentor?

    Author: Laura Francis

    Date: Aug 3, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    Mentor Training Resources 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, mentoring success truly comes down to the people involved: the level of commitment you have toward the mentoring relationship, and your willingness to work with your mentoring partner to ...

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  • When Mentoring Programs Fail

    Author: Laura Francis

    Date: Jul 29, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    Avoid These Three Scenarios for Mentoring Program Success I recently wrote about failure as it pertains to a personal experience and how we can still learn from a situation even when things don’t go as planned. This got some of my colleagues asking: What about when it happens on a larger scale, like with a mentoring program? Over the course of nearly 20 years, I have certainly seen organizations ...

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  • Why Peer and Reverse Mentoring Make Sense for Onboarding Programs

    Author: Laura Francis

    Date: Jul 29, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    How Mentoring Software Can Help You with Your Onboarding Efforts I’ve been watching Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? with my 10-year-old son lately. The television game show has gotten a reboot and is airing new episodes on Nickelodeon. It’s been fun to watch his reaction to a game show that centers on 9- and 10-year-old children helping adults answer trivia questions that are typically asked ...

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  • Establishing REAL Developmental Goals

    Author: Laura Francis

    Date: Jul 28, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    Mentoring Relationship Goals 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.

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  • Improve Millennial Engagement Through Onboarding Programs

    Author: Laura Francis

    Date: Jul 27, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    Why Onboarding Programs Fail 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 ...

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  • Lessons Learned Through Failure

    Author: Laura Francis

    Date: Jul 22, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    Mentoring Is the Time to Talk about Failures  

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