5 things to stop expecting from a mentor

CLO Magazine

Finding — and successfully connecting with — a mentor is a frustrating experience for people who are searching for someone to provide guidance, proffer wisdom, open doors and course-correct them when they veer off track. Mentor” is not its own relationship category.

Story-Based Coaching and Mentoring Course

Experiencing eLearning

I usually use one character who acts as a coach and one character who is similar to the audience–same job role, same level of experience. In this example, the audience is new managers who don’t have much experience with coaching and mentoring. I wanted a scenario that showed a clear problem that could be solved through better coaching. I’ve got the same problem as Michael.”

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7-Steps to Creating a Coaching and Mentoring Program Three: Implementation

Your Training Edge

Your coaching or mentoring program is now well designed. What can coaches, mentors, and proteges gain from taking the time to become a part of the program? The marketing may get the attention of prospective coaches and mentors, and even participants. This is a good problem to have, but be sure that your training effectively explains the program and expands on the benefits that are mentioned in the marketing.

How to Build Effective Mentoring Relationships


Strong mentoring relationships benefit mentor and mentee alike. Mentoring others is good for your career. A 2013 study in the Journal of Vocational Behavior found that mentors enjoy greater job satisfaction and career success than non-mentors. But what does it mean to become a mentor and how do you make it work? First, remember that the heart of mentoring is a relationship between you and a colleague.

Think You’re Cut Out to Be a Mentor? Take This Quiz.


Interested in mentoring? Steve Jobs, Sheryl Sandberg, Warren Buffet, Colin Powell, and dozens of other successful business leaders have had mentors help them hurdle challenges and knock out their goals. You may have benefited from having a mentor yourself. And if you’re thinking you might make a great mentor for another young professional, you’ve chosen a worthy path. But mentoring isn’t for everyone. Are you a natural mentor?

5 Reasons to Start a Veteran Mentoring Program in Your Workplace


In the increasingly competitive job market today, companies are looking for qualified, talented applicants, and they’ll need to provide the right career development programs and opportunities to keep them. A Syracuse University study found that veterans typically changed jobs at least two times within their first few years of employment. Veteran mentoring programs can be an ideal solution for assisting service members back into civilian working life.

10 Reasons Leaders Should Mentor Others


In the process of writing Good to Great, Jim Collins’ team found that “great” companies have one thing in common: leaders who mentor others. However, while many senior managers will speak to the influence their mentors have had on their careers, many will also point to the role that mentoring others has played in their development. Wondering why it might be worth your limited time to seek out opportunities to mentor others? A mentor.”

What is Your Job?

Tom Spiglanin

So, why do I have this problem? Maybe, just maybe, the problem lies somewhere else, perhaps with the question itself. Why is a description of my job important, anyway? The fact is, I could apply the same skills to many other kinds of jobs. It’s not the job itself that I find challenging, it’s that I’m empowered to approach my assignments, often self-assigned, in a creative way. The end of jobs. “So, what do you do for a living?”

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On-the-job Training: Expectations vs Reality


If you’re not already thinking it, it’s on-the-job training (OJT). And today, the importance of on-the-job training makes it an integral part of most company L&D strategies. So, we’re here to bust the top 4 myths about on-the-job training programs, and close the gap between expectations and reality. Setting up an on-the-job training program takes time, and it takes money. So this must mean that investing in on-the-job training helps companies to retain employees.

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Making the most of mentoring partnerships: Mentors share their thoughts


As part of our “Ask me Anything” series that poses questions from our user community to our mentor community, we recently asked three Everwise Mentors to share their experiences about how to make the most of mentoring partnerships. Our community posed a variety of questions around starting out a mentoring relationship, making ongoing mentoring effective, and taking action. Starting a mentoring relationship: Identifying needs and building trust.

Mentoring Without Barriers

CLO Magazine

Traditional mentoring was one older expert grooming a younger one for a specific role. Today’s version is more of a collaboration and learning strategy that can help people gain skills and information they need in real time to do their jobs better Whether it’s called modern, social, online or e-mentoring, mentoring as practiced in companies today is not the same as what was used a generation ago. Modern mentoring gives them a way to achieve that.

4 Steps to Matching the Right Mentors and Mentees


A formal mentoring program can be a powerful strategy to engage and develop employees within an organization. However, without properly matching mentors and mentees, a mentoring program may never reach this kind of impact. So how can you unlock the full potential of mentoring? In order to create a program that satisfies the needs of the mentors and mentees, an organization must match the right participants together. Provide Instructions for Mentors and Mentees.

The Benefits Of Mentoring As An Executive


For young professionals, having an experienced mentor can contribute to their future success. The career advantages of having a mentor are well-documented and manifold. On the other side of the equation, it’s easy to assume executive mentors participate merely out of altruism. There is more to mentoring than simply “giving back” or “feeling a sense of personal satisfaction.” For executives in particular, acting as a mentor can move their own career forward.

4 BIG business problems you can solve with adaptive learning


The perfect training strategy would be to provide every employee with a mentor who can personally help them with their development. By pulling together data on what people know, what they’re doing on the job and what they are (or are not) achieving, adaptive learning technology can trigger the right training experiences and resources for every employee. Think of it like a personal digital mentor—at the scale of a global organization.

What is Your Job?

Tom Spiglanin

So, why do I have this problem? Maybe, just maybe, the problem lies somewhere else, perhaps with the question itself. Why is a description of my job important, anyway? The fact is, I could apply the same skills to many other kinds of jobs. It’s not the job itself that I find challenging, it’s that I’m empowered to approach my assignments, often self-assigned, in a creative way. The end of jobs. “So, what do you do for a living?”

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An Experienced Mentor on Building a Successful Partnership


Though Frank never got paired with an official mentor, his supervisors early on filled the role in an unofficial capacity. Every boss I had was also a mentor, so I got some outstanding business advice,” Frank says, looking back. As much as he values the guidance he got from his bosses back then, Dreier does wish he’d had access to external mentors too. What do you need for a successful mentor/protege partnership? What do you enjoy most about being a mentor?

Mentoring can elevate women in tech (webinar recap)


Today, only 20 percent of all tech jobs are held by women, despite the fact that women make up half the overall workforce. Experts believe that mentoring can help reverse this trend–and conversely that a lack of mentors for women, particularly in tech, is partially responsible. In an Everwise webinar in late September, a panel of tech leaders who mentor women shared how mentoring can help attract and retain women in tech. Mentors benefit, too.

Making Sure Mentoring Is A Two-Way Street


Mentoring is much more complex and complicated relationship than most people think. Mentors and their protégés need to take care to establish a mutually-beneficial relationship in order for it to be truly successful. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach and mentor many talented sales professionals, sales leaders, and other executives around the general subject of effective selling within their organizations.

How to Leverage Learning on the Job for Incredible Results


Incorporating learning on the job doesn’t mean you’ll never use traditional training channels. Here’s how: Take a look at what employees are doing on the job. Set a clear objective for learning on the job. Follow up with feedback, mentoring, and accountability. Getting feedback from peers or mentors helps people learn faster. Like any learning program, on-the-job training needs regular adjustment. With learning on the job, everyone participates.

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Is On-the-Job Training Right for Your Business?


We learn most of what we know about our work “on the job,” but few companies take the time to support and encourage that learning. Training often resides in classrooms, webinars, and videos for which we take time away from the job. Are you ready for on-the-job learning? So before you decide if it’s something you should tackle, see if on-the-job learning is really right for your company. Do managers see employee development as part of their jobs?

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Mentors on Creating a Sustainable Work- life Balance


Everwise fosters one of the largest networks of professional mentors online, who regularly share their insights on work experiences and challenges. To better understand the lives our mentor community brings to their partnerships, we developed a poll series we’ve been sharing over the past few months. A recent survey by Imperative reveals that 74% of people desire a job where they feel like their work matters. This resonated with other mentors.

Mentoring Millennials to Teach Hard to Come by Soft Skills

Training Industry

This generation of emerging professionals is notorious for their hard skills, but now even more so, for their lack of real world experience and the needed soft skills like resilience, problem solving and interpersonal skills, that enable them to thrive in workplace culture. Mentoring We need millennials for their innovation, passion and technology know-how. Celebrate the training’s completion, and invite each employee to mentor new staff themselves.

Paying It Forward: Niroop Srivatsa’s Approach to Mentoring Emerging Leaders


As a seasoned city planner and mentor, Niroop Srivatsa believes in paying forward what she’s learned. “I’m I’m at a place in my life where I want to give back,” she said of mentoring others. And, of late, Srivatsa has devoted time to mentoring others through Everwise. Read on to learn what she believes sets the stage for impactful working relationships, how an early career experience empowered her as a woman, and what she’s learned most recently as a mentor through Everwise.

From Drudge to Dream: How to Change Your Job Into a Passion


Switch to learning mode to love your job again. Even if you’re working toward career freedom in a few years, what can you do now to add passion and go from drudge job to dream job? Here are some places to look: Become a mentor. There are few activities more rewarding than coaching or mentoring others, and the mentors learn at least as much as the mentees. If your company doesn’t have a mentoring program, set one up. Find a problem to solve.

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Mastering the Skills Supply Chain Problem

CLO Magazine

TechACE is designed to build technical, project management and professional skills through a series of online learning, classroom, facilitated on-the-job experiences and mentoring. Competition for talent requires a long-term view of capabilities development. Capability development is a never-ending challenge.

How to Motivate Your Employees for Learning and Development

Your Training Edge

While there are many reasons why employees are dissatisfied with their job, the skills shift in the market is one of the problems workers face today. Just take a look at the numbers: 35% of employees will look for a new job if they don’t get a pay raise in the next year. With the rise of eLearning , it’s no longer a problem to choose the right online course for your employees. Invest in Mentoring Programs.

Tips for Teaching Problem Solving Skills

Kapp Notes

One of the best methods of teaching learners how to solve a problem is through the use of case studies and branching stories. A goal of a problem solving e-learning module is to present a problem to the learner that closely approximates an actual situation the learner will encounter on the job. Include the following in your case study to teach problem solving: ? Job related ? Online this can be a link to a “coach” or “mentor.”

The Best Ways to Deal with Ineffective Managers and Keep Your Job


It can be they don’t have the ability to reflect on how to solve a problem, so the blame game is the quickest answer for an ineffective manager. Ineffective managers believe they only need to deal with problems, not tell people when they are doing a good job. Lack of appreciation is one of the main reasons employees leave their jobs. Work stalls as employees become frustrated when their manager does not want to hear about problems.

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RSDR 4: Development

Your Training Edge

On the other hand, if terminations are involuntary because of issues with managers or supervisors, the problem could lie with management or leadership training. Obviously the data HR can give you will not spell out the problem letter for letter, but it will more than likely help you narrow down some improvements to the overall training program. For example, does your organization have an on-the-job training program?

16 Signs of a Learning Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

Managers are helping their direct reports create an individualized learning plan linked to strategic goals of organization; managers are monitoring learning progress and providing feedback; they are structuring opportunities to apply learning on the job; and holding direct reports accountable for results. Leaders are mentoring ; they are using their experience to advise new and less experienced employees on how to fulfill the functions of their jobs.

Competency-Based Learning: How to Bridge the Skills-Gap

Association eLearning

How bad is the skills-gap problem? employers were having a difficult time filling jobs, and the survey ranked “Skilled Trade worker” as the toughest job to fill. – Of those job openings, 80% are classified as highly skilled, 20% semi-skilled. Associations are best equipped to address the skills-gap problem, but they need to stop delivering courses and start delivering competencies.

Help Millennials Get Jobs: Offer Online Learning & Career Resources

WBT Systems

Student loan debt isn’t their only problem, credit card debt is a huge burden too. Recruitment strategy: help millennials get jobs. Millennials need jobs. Some don’t have a job. Some have a temporary job. Some have an entry-level job. They either need a job now or will probably need a new one in the next few years. If you help them find a job, your association becomes a life-changer. Industry trends job-seekers must know.

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How Employers Can Make Every Employee a Top Performer

Your Training Edge

Provide mentors. Experienced peers and mentors have the wisdom and aptitude to teach employees who are looking to develop a new skill or learn how to take on unfamiliar responsibilities. Mentoring benefits not only the apprentice but also the mentor and the company. This kind of relationship promotes a positive social environment, job satisfaction, and company loyalty. Giving your employees a dead-end job is never a good thing.

Workplace Learning Professionals Next Job - Management Consultant

Tony Karrer

Well not quite, but it is pretty dang close to the definition of Management Consulting in Wikipedia: Management consulting refers to both the industry of, and the practice of, helping organizations improve their performance, primarily through the analysis of existing business problems and development of plans for improvement.

Five Signs Your Mentorship Is Working


So you’ve finally found a mentor or a mentee who you think is a great fit. And what do you do if you suspect it might be time to find a different mentor or mentee? While every relationship is different, a pattern has emerged for us as we’ve run hundreds of mentoring partnerships. When mentoring, it’s important to establish one simple guideline off the bat: How often will you meet? Mentees want to know their mentors care.

4 Reasons You Will Quit Your Job But Not Leave


Turns out this wasn’t just a problem I was seeing in one company, it was a problem I was seeing in every company. Here are four reasons you will quit but don’t leave and who’s to blame: You love job security. Their lifestyle has been aligned with the kind of money they are making and the thought of making less money or changing jobs is difficult. It’s hard to leave a job voluntarily when you have no clue what else you want to go do.

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The Key Ingredient for Good Soft Skills: Experience


These days when robots and computers can handle more and more technical jobs, our competitive edge as humans increasingly depends on non-technical soft skills. According to a research overview by the National Soft Skills Association , 85% of job success comes from “well-developed soft and people skills” while only 15% comes from technical knowledge. This attitude plays out in the job market.