Beyond Traditional Mentoring – The Next Steps

Beyond Traditional Mentoring – The Next Steps was inspired while I was reading the article, “Beyond Mentoring: The Need for Champions” by Ida Abbott, which is in the November 2012 issue of the Mentor News newsletter. Abbott’s article is written for those in the legal profession, but it is relevant for any professional. What struck me is that the writer is saying some of the things that I have been saying on this blog.  In Beyond Mentoring: The Need for Champions which I recommend that you read, Abbott emphasizes the need for having people who champion you in the workplace. Although having mentors, sponsors and champions are critical … [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...]

Changing the Face of Mentoring

Recently there has been coverage in the media on Minute Mentoring, or speed mentoring, which is the brainchild of Dana Perino, ex-White House Press Secretary. Minute Mentoring is based on the concept of speed dating, and for those who may not know, according to Wikipedia, “Speed dating is a formalized matchmaking process or dating system whose purpose is to encourage people to meet a large number of new people. Its origins are credited to Rabbi Yaacov Deyo of Aish HaTorah, originally as a way to help Jewish singles meet and marry. Supporters argue that speed dating saves time.” Minute Mentoring The aim of minute mentoring is to save … [Read more...]