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  • Gain Soft Skills While Mentoring

    Author: Laura Francis

    Date: Jun 24, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    Mentoring Programs Can Make a Difference 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 populations. We’re all obsessed with being connected, but we don’t seem to do so well when it comes to actually connecting.

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  • Do Generational Differences Matter in Mentoring?

    Author: Laura Francis

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

    Looking Beyond Generational Labels We have written before about how different generations view mentoring, and how their generational perspectives may impact their approach to mentoring specifically. It’s an intriguing theory that can help make sense of why some people see mentoring as a way to advance their career while others may see it as a form of collaboration.

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  • How Do I Design a Mentoring Program?

    Author: Laura Francis

    Date: Jun 17, 2021 9:00:00 AM

    Ideas for Starting a Business Mentoring Program With the rise in popularity of mentoring, talent professionals are being tasked with creating mentoring programs that involve more participants and align with current business needs.  This is no small challenge!  We hear from people every day who need to start or expand a mentoring program, but who aren’t sure of what steps to take.  The big ...

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  • 5 Ways to Make Mentoring a Personalized Learning Experience

    Author: Laura Francis

    Date: Jun 15, 2021 1:00:00 PM

    Core Elements of a Mentoring Relationship Personalized attention. Individualized conversations. Tailored activities.

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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 your want mentors matched with mentees. The typical mentor matching options are either to have self-directed matching, or to have mentoring program administrators match each pair. There are legitimate and even research-supported reasons ...

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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. I’ve noticed recently that my son has gotten very good at demanding my attention when I ...

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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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