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Author: Chris Browning

  • 4 Collaboration Styles in Social Learning and Mentoring

    4 Collaboration Styles in Social Learning and Mentoring

    Roles for Mentees, Mentors, Advisors, and Others 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 an online mentoring or social learning environment when […]

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  • Questions and Curiosity Drive Deeper Learning in Mentoring

    Questions and Curiosity Drive Deeper Learning in Mentoring

    Building Critical Mentoring Skills One of the most common (and vexing) experiences for any parent with a young child is when the child asks why…incessantly. And while just thinking about this type of scenario can bring on an eye twitch, it actually provides a great example of how children embrace a wonderful curiosity for and openness to learning—something people seem […]

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  • Challenges with Managing a Traditional Mentoring Program

    Challenges with Managing a Traditional Mentoring Program

    Mentoring Software Saves the Day   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 effective mentoring program. However, I hear repeatedly how difficult it is to create, implement, and scale a traditional program that is run through spreadsheets […]

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  • How Different Generations View Mentoring

    How Different Generations View Mentoring

    Generational Views on the Mentoring Process In conversations with HR practitioners and talent development leaders, people regularly ask me about one thing: the way that different generations view mentoring. This is a fascinating topic and one I’ve talked about over the years. To understand how different generations view workplace mentoring today, we need to first examine how mentoring came about […]

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  • Three Tips for Growing Your Mentoring Program

    Three Tips for Growing Your Mentoring Program

    The Secret for Mentoring Success Our research with our clients has shown some pretty impressive ROI data when it comes to the impact mentoring programs can have on individuals and organizations. We know that mentoring can improve employee retention and engagement, and that productivity can increase as well due to mentoring. In fact, our research found that:

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  • The Art and Science of Leading an Online Mentoring Group

    The Art and Science of Leading an Online Mentoring Group

    Finding the Right Balance in Group Mentoring No two mentoring relationships are the same. From traditional mentoring to reverse mentoring to group mentoring, the interactions and outcomes can vary based on the people involved, the goals they want to achieve, and the overall structure of the relationship.

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  • 5 Mentoring Program Pitfalls

    5 Mentoring Program Pitfalls

    Tips for More Successful Business Mentoring Programs Mentoring has the potential to be life-changing for individuals.  It can also be a tremendously impactful practice that can significantly move the needle on core organizational measures (e.g., employee engagement, retention, and speed to productivity).  This is why many organizations turn to us: for our business mentoring software and expertise.

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  • How Do I Run a Successful Mentoring Pilot?

    How Do I Run a Successful Mentoring Pilot?

    7 Tips to Make Your Mentoring Pilot Soar Being in the mentoring solution business, I will occasionally get a question around how to run an effective pilot leveraging mentoring software. I’ve certainly seen successes and failures over the years. Some clients are open to our suggestions and are willing to learn from our experience, while others come with a set […]

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  • Mentoring Is More than the Match

    Mentoring Is More than the Match

    Start Here When Designing a Professional Mentoring Program I’ve been heavily involved in helping clients successfully launch and grow mentoring programs for more than a dozen years now. Simply stated: It’s what I do. As I’m sure you can imagine, over those 12-plus years, I have learned numerous lessons around what works, and equally—if not more—important, what doesn’t work.

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  • Finding Your Strengths in Mentoring

    Finding Your Strengths in Mentoring

    Why Do You Want to Be Mentored? While there are innumerable goals mentees could have when engaging in a mentoring relationship, from our experience, the vast majority of people enter such relationships looking to improve on a perceived weakness, either one that they’ve self-identified or one that someone else (e.g., their manager) has suggested as an area for improvement. From […]

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