Mentoring Trends, Types of Mentoring & Strategic Use of Mentoring

In the webinar, “Why Mentoring Programs Can Fail – The Common Pitfalls to Avoid,” led by Judy Corner Director, Consulting Services, Insala, she covered trends in mentoring, the reasons for mentoring, how mentoring is used and the types of mentoring. Please see Part One of this post 7 Common Pitfalls to Avoid With Your Mentoring Programs. Trends in Mentoring Mentoring is now a part of the business and organizational strategy. Organizations are moving from informal to more formal mentoring programs and tying it to their organizational objectives. Mentoring is becoming more strategic. Mentees are matched with mentors based on … [Read more...]

5 Must-Read Mentorship Articles You Might Have Missed

Below are five mentoring articles that I thought you’d be interested in. Want a better job? Find a mentor: This short Reuters article by Chelsea Emery demonstrates why you need a mentor. I found this quite interesting, “One-on-one mentoring was named the second-most-effective career development program for employees below director level, after "traditional training," according to a 2012 survey of 320 human resources professionals by talent development consulting firm Insala....Only one in five companies offer formal mentoring programs, according to a 2012 Society for Human Resources Management poll of about 550 human resources … [Read more...]

7 Mentoring Tips from Invisible Mentors

Self-Mentoring Strategies from Your Invisible Mentors “I hate this quote from Nike, but sometimes you just have to do it. We look at other people and think they had it easy or they did it the easy way. I have had several young women say to me, “You always had great jobs and everything you did was fun,” and I’d say, “You know that’s not true. I had some crappy jobs and no it wasn’t always fun.” But something my father always said to me was, “Keep your sense of humour, you’re going to need it,” and I did. I think it’s important to keep your sense of humour and have a good outlook on life and sometimes don’t take things so seriously. Yes … [Read more...]

Why You Need a Mentor

Mentors are trusted advisors who guide their protégés on their professional development. Here are some articles that I have curated that give compelling reasons to have mentors. Why You Need A Mentor: This is an excellent article by Bloomberg Business Week which goes into the nitty gritty of mentoring – what to expect from mentors and protégés. It even touches on how to search for mentors. 5 Reasons Why You Need a Mentor: Steve Leach writes this article for entrepreneurs but it is applicable to anyone if you look at the ideas broadly. Mentors help you to shape your ideas, hold you accountable, open doors for you and offer different … [Read more...]

Mentorship and Millennials: Is The Tide Changing?

When most professionals think about mentorship, they picture the traditional one-to-one relationship where a more senior person guides and advises a more junior one. However, there are many mentorship models and the smart professional can also include invisible mentoring and self-mentoring into the mix. Though the pace is slow, more women are rising into the most senior levels of organizations, and this is excellent news.  But a new research study of 1,000 college-educated men and women born since 1980 by Bentley University’s Center for Women & Business took a look at Millennials and how they view work, and found that even though … [Read more...]