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  • Virtual Mentoring in the Age of Social Distancing

    Author: Laura Francis

    Date: Jun 9, 2021 9:45:00 AM

    How Do I Mentor Someone When Working from Home? The COVID-19 global pandemic has rocked us all. A vast majority of us are now working from home and social distancing. We’re trying to figure out how to remotely manage a team, how to professionally present ourselves to our coworkers while our kids scream in the background, how to homeschool while also still working, or even worse, how to apply for ...

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  • Which Mentor Matching Option Is Right for You?

    Author: Laura Francis

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

    The Ins and Outs of Self-Directed and Admin Matching When you’re designing your mentoring program, one of the biggest factors you will need to determine is how you want mentees and mentors to be matched. The typical options are self-directed or administrator matched, and both come with reasons for why you may want to choose one over the other.

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  • Modern Mentoring 2.0: The New Way to Run Mentoring Programs

    Author: Laura Francis

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

    Corporate Mentoring Programs at Work Randy Emelo’s 2015 book Modern Mentoring took the HR world by storm and quickly became a top seller for publisher ATD Press.  In this revolutionary tome, Emelo provides ideas on how organizations can bring a fresh approach to mentoring that is better suited to today’s technologically focused work world, and he outlines how business mentoring programs can use ...

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  • How to Mentor Introverts

    Author: Laura Francis

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

    3 Tips for Mentoring Program Administrators Networking is not an easy thing to do, and for some people, just the thought of it can make them break out into a cold sweat. Yet, building up your mentoring network can be invaluable and critical to your success at work and in your overarching career.

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  • How to Set Priorities in Mentoring Relationships

    Author: Laura Francis

    Date: May 20, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    Too Many Distractions Lead to Unfocused Efforts In this always-on, always-connected world we live in today, it can be difficult to tune out the noise and distractions that bombard us and vie for our attention. It can also be hard, if not nearly impossible, to shut off our devices and truly step away from work.

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  • What Does Success Look Like to You?

    Author: Laura Francis

    Date: May 18, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    Stop Comparing Yourself to Others We spend a lot of time in our lives competing with others, trying to live up to someone else’s standards, pushing ourselves to outdo those around us. We need to get that next promotion, secure that bigger office, score that huge raise, buy that enormous house, drive that hot new car. But do we really? Are those things going to fulfill us? Will we finally be happy ...

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  • The Mentoring Journey

    Author: Laura Francis

    Date: May 13, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    How Mentoring Can Change Your Life One step forward, two steps back.  That is how life feels some days.  After six weeks in a double hip spica (Google it), my son is finally out of his casts.  Now comes the hard part—recovery.

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  • 5 Questions All Mentees Should Ask

    Author: Laura Francis

    Date: May 11, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    Creating a Focus for Your Mentoring Relationship It can be overwhelming to try to figure out what you want to gain from mentoring (it can sometimes feel like that childhood question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”). But if you pull apart the overarching topic and think of it in smaller pieces, you can begin to see how all of the parts come together to form the larger view.

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  • Three Factors for Better Communication in Mentoring

    Author: Laura Francis

    Date: May 6, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    Tips for Mentees and Mentors for Better Dialogue Mentoring can be a truly transformational process for the individuals involved.  It can impact a person’s skill, ability, or career direction, which in turn can change their life.  For example, my former business partner was one of my mentors who transformed my life.  He could see potential in me and encouraged me to obtain my advanced degree in ...

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  • 4 Phrases You Should Use in Mentoring

    Author: Laura Francis

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

    Include This in Mentoring Training At their core, mentoring relationships are about people. We connect with one another, we learn from one another, we support one another, and we grow because of our interactions with one another. Without that human element, mentoring loses its very essence.

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