Booked for Mentoring – Book Review: Read This Before Our Next Meeting by Al Pittampalli

While I was in my degree program at Haskayne School of Business, the University of Calgary, we had to watch a film, Meetings, Bloody Meetings, starring John Cleese, and that stuck with me. I was reminded of that film as I read, Read This Before Our Next Meetingby Al Pittampalli. However, meetings are vital to ensure that critical decisions get made in organizations, and teams are working effectively on complex projects. Therefore, the word meeting should be reserved for decision-making.  There should be no meetings to dispense information; instead, the organization should create a culture where its people read memos. There should be no … [Read more...]

Create Your Board of Mentors – January is National Mentoring Month

For National Mentoring Month, consider creating your Personal Board of Mentors. Having one mentor is seldom ever enough these days, because no one person can assist you with all your mentoring needs. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your needs are taken care of. Your Personal Board of Mentors is similar to an organization's Board of Directors, except in this instance, you are the organization. You don't have to meet with all the members on your Board of Mentors like an organization's board would, but you do have to be in contact with them. Before you choose the members of your personal board, you have to first assess your needs … [Read more...]

Adventures in Learning: DIY Mentoring Program, Episode Three

Mentor Yourself: DIY Mentoring Program, Part Three This is a series of posts on how to create your own personalized mentoring program. In the first instalment, we looked at how to determine your mentoring needs, and in the second we looked at a variety of mentoring models and asked you to make note of the ones that would work in your situation. To create your personalized mentoring program, you have to understand your needs and know what your options are before you can move forward. In this the final instalment we will help you to pull things together. This may sound surprising to you, but two major reasons why mentoring programs fail … [Read more...]

Adventures in Learning: DIY Mentoring Program, Episode Two

Mentor Yourself: DIY Mentoring Program, Part Two This is a series of posts on how to create your own mentoring program. In the first installment, we looked at how to determine your mentoring needs, and in this episode we will take a look at a variety of mentoring models. To create your personalized mentoring program, you have to understand your needs and you also need to know what your options are. While you are learning about the various mentoring models, make note of the ones that would work in your situation. Mentoring Models Traditional Mentoring:  The traditional mentoring model focuses on a “one-to-one relationship between an … [Read more...]

Adventures in Learning: DIY Mentoring Program

Mentor Yourself: DIY Mentoring Program In the recent mentoring survey by the social network LinkedIn, a large percent of women reported that the reason they didn’t have a mentor was because no one had asked them. This is the first in a series that will assist you in taking control of your career by creating your own personal mentoring program. Instead of waiting to be asked if you would like to be mentored, you will learn how to take the initiative in finding appropriate mentors for yourself. It may seem weird to you that there is such a thing as a do-it-yourself mentoring program. We have been conditioned to think of mentoring in a … [Read more...]