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Attracting Mentors for Membership Associations

Attracting Mentors for Membership Associations. There is no question that establishing a mentoring program is a powerful way for associations to add value to their members. However, the quality of that value-add is highly reliant on the quality of the mentors the association is able to attract. In every group there are kind and generous […]

The Business Case for Mentoring

Many organisations and individuals today know that the business and economic benefits of a well-structured mentoring program can be significant. They understand that mentoring delivers way beyond a “feel good” factor. This article explores the sound economic reasons to embark on a mentoring program. WHAT DOES A WELL-STRUCTURED MENTORING PROGRAM LOOK LIKE? Before we launch […]

Diversity in Mentoring

LESSONS IN DIVERSITY MENTORING Today’s organisations must be able to capitalise on diversity – tapping into a multi-cultural workforce, managing the demands of an increasingly well-educated and experienced cadre of female managers and facilitating virtual teams and alliances in a global workplace. By facilitating cross-group understanding and supporting disadvantaged or minority groups within an organisation, […]

Mentoring – What’s In It For Me?

We are often asked the advantages of mentoring to the various stakeholders involved. Here we list the most common rewards that individuals reap from a mentoring program. BENEFITS FOR MENTEES Explore issues and concerns in a confidential and supportive relationship. Learn from the real life experiences of others. Align your own development to your company’s […]

Mentoring Programs and Community

Mentoring Programs: The Importance of Community The word community comes from the Latin communis.  The prefix com means together or joint, and the suffix munis derives from munire which means to fortify or strengthen.  As the word itself says, community is all about gaining strength through shared activity and interests. The rapid spread of social […]

Top 5 Mistakes In Mentoring Program Design

When a mentoring program succeeds it can reap enormous benefits. A mentoring program that fails, however, has negative consequences; disappointed participants, stakeholders and a loss of trust in the sponsoring department can result. Before embarking on a mentoring program it is wise to consider the kinds of problems that programs may experience and the strategies […]

Reverse Mentoring

WHAT IS IT? Also known as “upward mentoring”, reverse mentoring turns the traditional hierarchical approach to mentoring on its head. Rather than having a senior player take a less experienced player “under their wing”, reverse mentoring relationships place the more senior person as the primary learner and emphasise the experience of the junior person. The […]

Retaining Staff Through Mentoring

We know that retaining good staff is critical to company success. Keeping good people saves us the time and money needed to train or retrain new people. It keeps productivity levels humming. Perhaps most important it retains the credibility of our organisations, keeping customers and other key stakeholders confident in our ability to deliver. We […]

Choosing a Mentor

When looking for a mentor we tend to focus on finding someone who is in a high position and hope that their sponsorship will accelerate our career progress.Certainly finding someone with the relevant experience and influence can be important to a successful mentoring relationship. But not all experienced and influential people make good mentors, so […]