Fewer Mentors, Bigger Problems

CLO Magazine

A 2018 survey from the LeanIn Foundation and SurveyMonkey found that nearly half of male managers felt uncomfortable participating in a common work activity with a woman, such as mentoring, working alone or socializing together. Specifically, the number of male managers who felt uncomfortable mentoring women went from 5 percent to 16 percent in late 2017 after the #MeToo movement went viral. That means about 1 in 6 male managers would hesitate to mentor a woman.

Coaching vs. Mentoring: What’s the Difference?

Chronus

A recent survey of 3,000 full-time employees representing 21 industries across the US revealed a telling statistic: 76% of people feel having a mentor at work is important. And yet, the majority of people currently do not have a mentor or a coach. What is a Mentor?

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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.

Remote Mentoring: How to Cultivate a Virtual Connection

Chronus

Maintaining a connection when we are socially distancing sounds like a paradox, but mentoring matters more than ever before. Remote mentoring delivers powerful and positive effects for displaced employees. Investing in mentoring can improve morale, performance and motivation. With this in mind, here are four mentoring best practices that can help mentors and mentees cultivate a productive relationship while working remotely.

7 Signs to Understand Who a Perfect Mentor Is

Your Training Edge

Although there is a big variety of ways to train your employees, many companies rely on collaborating with mentors as it’s an actionable way to help your coworkers learn something new without the educational process. Mentoring is a process of advising and training when an experienced employee helps a new or inexperienced employee obtain knowledge. So, let’s find out who a perfect mentor is. A perfect mentor has: Knowledge and Experience in the Niche.

Story-Based Coaching and Mentoring Course

Experiencing eLearning

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.” Pamela : Michael, as you know, our organization really values good coaching and mentoring. One technique for creating a more story-based course is using two characters who explain the content via a conversation.

How to Build Effective Mentoring Relationships

Pract.us

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.

7-Steps to Creating a Coaching and Mentoring Program Two: Design the Program

Your Training Edge

A coaching or mentoring program is an important way for an organization to take an interest in its associates, train them, and let them know that there is someone out there to help them. In our first discussion about creating a program, you learned that you have to define whether the program will be coaching or mentoring, as well as define the goals of the program. As you move forward, begin to design a training program for mentors or coaches.

Creating a Mentoring Culture: A Conversation with Author Lois Zachary

Chronus

Lois Zachary is an internationally recognized expert in the field of mentoring. Having authored several books, including Creating a Mentoring Culture: An Organization’s Guide , Zachary has spent her career honing best practices for mentors and mentees and providing organizations tried and true strategies for deploying impactful mentoring programs. Q: What is the value of mentoring to an organization? Mentoring drives recruitment of future talent.

Mentoring Results

Clark Quinn

What has to kick in here is a shared belief in a vision/mission that you can get behind, individuals equipped to solve problems collaboratively (what I call big L learning: research, design, experimentation, etc), and tools to hand for working together. However, this isn’t new for mentors as well: they want their charges to do well, but the most they can do is influence the performer to the best of their ability.

Should You Adopt Reverse Mentoring at Your Workplace?

Avilar

Last week, Cambridge University announced a new reverse mentoring initiative aimed at addressing charges of institutional racism. Introduced by the university’s equality and diversity department, the program pairs senior white academics and management personnel with a black, Asian, or minority ethnic (BAME) colleague mentor. Reverse mentoring – pairing a younger professional with a more seasoned colleague – isn’t new. Reverse mentoring is a two-way street.

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

Pract.us

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?

Is Your Organization’s Lack of Diversity Mentoring Hampering Innovation?

Chronus

Harvard Business Review highlights the problem with using old tools like mandatory diversity training, hiring tests, and grievance systems is that they’re found to be remedial or ineffective, and sometimes lead to potentially worse outcomes for participants. A complex challenge needs an innovative solution, and mentoring is proving to be a viable answer. Drive Innovation with Formal Mentoring Programs.

5 Reasons to Start a Veteran Mentoring Program in Your Workplace

Chronus

Veteran mentoring programs can be an ideal solution for assisting service members back into civilian working life. Establishing a high-impact mentoring program could help lower the higher than average unemployment and turnover rates for veterans , while benefitting organizations in numerous ways. Let’s take a look at five important reasons organizations should create veteran mentoring programs. Mentoring Boosts Veteran Morale and Engagement.

How Male Mentors Can Develop Women at Work

CLO Magazine

Mentorship is essential for women’s advancement, but women often encounter more challenges acquiring and developing mentoring relationships. Then, even when they exist, they are unable to mentor all the junior women in today’s organizations. To make matters worse, men may be reluctant to mentor junior women for a host of reasons. Inclusive mentoring requires more than simply initiating mentoring relationships.

Use Customer Service Training to Prepare for Problem Solving

Absorb LMS

Whatever the cause of frustration, customer-facing personnel must remain calm and polite as they resolve the customer’s problem. Learners should practice showing customers how to solve problems; they must also be able to guide customers through needed steps via phone, email or chat. New hires need to build up their knowledge during onboarding, possibly with guidance from a mentor. Providing an outstanding customer experience is always a top goal at any company.

10 Reasons Leaders Should Mentor Others

Everwise

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.”

Need Help Developing Soft Skills? Get a Mentor

CLO Magazine

However, gaps in soft skills continue to be a problem in today’s work environment. Mentoring can help. At its core, mentoring is about people coming together and learning from one another. In a nutshell, mentoring relationships help people improve soft skills such as listening, receiving feedback and being empathetic because they use those same skills in the relationships themselves. Listening skills: Mentoring relationships rely heavily on good listening skills.

Making the most of mentoring partnerships: Mentors share their thoughts

Everwise

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. The company uses mentoring and social learning software to achieve this.

The Benefits Of Mentoring As An Executive

Everwise

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.

Smartphones, Batman and Virtual Mentors

Kapp Notes

Answer: One application is that smartphones enable the concept of a Virtual Mentor to be employed to assist in a variety of settings. A virtual mentor is a live person who provides assistance to one or more individuals who are “on the ground” at a customer site working on a problem. The mentor remains at a central location so he or she can assist several teams of individuals at once remotely. Question: What can we do with mobile learning and smartphones?

4 Steps to Matching the Right Mentors and Mentees

Chronus

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.

4 BIG business problems you can solve with adaptive learning

Axonify

The perfect training strategy would be to provide every employee with a mentor who can personally help them with their development. Think of it like a personal digital mentor—at the scale of a global organization. Adaptive learning can make sure every employee is ready to handle any problem, regardless of when it arises. You can also use this knowledge data to identify the experts on your team and leverage them as coaches and mentors.

9 Definitive Blended Training Strategies to Coach and Mentor Your High-performance Employees

EI Design

One way to bridge that gap, between the discovery and utilization of talent, is to train high-performers through coaching and mentoring. What Does Coaching and Mentoring Mean? Mentoring is a process (as opposed to a task), usually undertaken by company employees of long-standing, of training, guiding, and grooming high-performance employees over a period. How Exactly Does Coaching and Mentoring Help Organizations and High-performance Employees?

Leveraging Internal and External Mentors for Optimal Growth

Everwise

In today’s world of portfolio careers, it’s important to consider whether a mentor from within our outside your organization (or a combination of both) is the best fit. An internal mentor is particularly effective when you are new to a company or exploring a move to a new in-house function. As a general manager at Marks & Spencer, Richard Worth recalls , “When you get towards being a VP…they make absolutely sure you have at least one mentor who is a board member.

Mentoring can elevate women in tech (webinar recap)

Everwise

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. Solving this problem is crucial because having more women at the top will help ensure that the younger generation is supported. Mentors benefit, too.

6 Reasons Why Having a Good Mentor Is Beneficial at Work

SkyPrep

One element people often overlook is finding a good mentor. Having a mentor at work is invaluable. This is because mentors can help you: . A mentor is also a teacher. A good mentor will also be there to guide you along the way and keep you motivated.

An Experienced Mentor on Building a Successful Partnership

Everwise

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?

The Problem With Praise

Mindflash

Managers who were trained to focus on employees’ ability to develop, “exhibited more openness to critical feedback, willingness to mentor — and a higher quality of mentoring,” reports Rock. Halvorson explains their work with fifth graders: Every student got a relatively easy first set of problems to solve and were praised for their performance. As a training professional, you’ve probably seen plenty of examples of the positive effects of praise.

Discover the benefits of a successful mentoring program

Everwise

With the world’s largest community of mentors, Everwise can help companies fill this gap. We’ve helped companies of all sizes create successful mentoring programs that can lead to stronger employee retention and engagement and help win over millennials. Why offer Everwise mentoring to your employees? Mentoring is associated with numerous positive career outcomes for protégés using the Everwise platform. Each mentee is paired with the perfect mentor. Mentoring

Be the mentor you wished you had with these 3 strategies

Matrix

Avid readers like Bill Gates will most likely tell you that books are a precious mentor and an excellent way of seeking solutions for many problems. That is why mentors are important figures in a professional career, have an essential role in companies, institutions or organizations because they can inspire, drive change, and share knowledge. Read more: How many types of mentoring are there? What strategies should a mentor adopt?

Making Sure Mentoring Is A Two-Way Street

Mindflash

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.

One Executive’s Advice on Being An Effective Mentor

Everwise

Proteges sing his praises because every time they come to him with an impossible problem, he ’ s able to outline an approach to take — he ’ ll often offer a book to read on the subject too. Yee has long been a fan of mentorship and says he ’ s had many mentors himself. “ But they were all technical mentors, ” he says. We asked Yee about executive visibility, overcoming perception problems, and the qualities needed to make it to the C-suite.

Mentoring on the move

Learning with e's

Along with my Faculty of Education colleague Wendy Lambert-Heggs , I was successful almost 3 years ago in securing £3,000 from the Peninsula Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training to develop and evaluate a new method of professional distance mentoring. We used a simple two-person blog set up and asked student teachers and their mentors to participate. In an experimental desig, the study compared their experiences with students who received tradtional mentoring.