Talent Development Articles

February 21, 2018

Using Your Alumni to Increase Brand Awareness

When thinking about an alumni network, some organizations canít see the big picture. Sure, these individuals left, but that doesnít mean they donít still want to be associated with you and it definitely doesnít mean you canít still benefit from them. Some benefits that organizations are seeing fro... More

February 20, 2018

How to Enable Knowledge Sharing Through Mentoring

Knowledge sharing is defined as an activity through which knowledge is exchanged through people. This knowledge centers around information, skills, and even expertise. Many organizations are starting to realize that they can gain many benefits when they promote knowledge sharing. These benefits ... More

February 16, 2018

The Importance of Offboarding for your Alumni Network

Organizations put a lot of time and money into hiring and training an employee, so when they leave, it is usually seen as a bad thing. Luckily, many organizations are starting to figure out how to continue to benefit from their previous employees through implementing an alumni network. Weíve ment... More

February 15, 2018

Advice from Our Experts: The Benefits of Using Technology for Your Career Development Program

With the continued need for career development opportunities, organizations around the world are taking a closer look at how technology can help them to provide programs like mentoring and coaching to their employees. The use of technology can have a significant impact on both types of programs, a... More

February 14, 2018

Developing Your Future Leaders Through Mentoring

Providing a mentor to high potential employees can be one of the greatest resources available to them. Studies have shown that not only does having a mentor increase the expected tenure of your leaders, but it also promotes greater company loyalty. So, you are able to improve your succession pipel... More

February 12, 2018

Benefits of Providing Mentoring for Your Alumni Network

Many times, we talk about mentoring and alumni networks as two separate programs for your organization, and most of the time they are. But have you ever considered the benefits of bringing these two amazing programs together? Thatís right, we are talking about connecting your alumni with your curr... More

February 09, 2018

How Mentoring Can Help You Compete in the War for Talent

30 years ago, the term ďwar for talentĒ was coined by Steven Hankin of McKinsey & Company. Hankin used the term to refer to an increasingly competitive landscape for recruiting and retaining talented employees. Although this term came about three decades ago, for many industries, the war f... More

February 08, 2018

Advice From Our Expert: The Importance of Content Curation for Your Alumni Network

Getting fresh ideas for the content that you are providing to your Alumni Network can often seem challenging and with the already demanding schedules of trainers and alumni administrators, there may simply not be enough time. Itís important to use the content you are providing to keep your alumni ... More

February 07, 2018

6 Tips to Help Make Your Coaching Relationship Successful

Most people arenít just looking to simply be a part of a career development program, like coaching, they are also looking for it to be successful. The problem is, there are no guarantees that your coaching relationship will be successful. However, there are a few things you can do to helpÖ Pick t... More

February 01, 2018

The Benefits of Cross-Generational Mentoring

Cross-generational mentoring is defined as pairing a person from one generation with a person from a different generation with the goal of mutual learning and growth. By creating a mentoring relationship where both younger and older generations share experiences, skills and new ways of working, em... More

February 01, 2018

5 Tips for Implementing a Successful Corporate Alumni Network

Organizations are looking for success with any program that they implement, but they often wonder how success can be captured for a program that is centered around individuals that are no longer a part of the organization. Well, thatís simple, donít let them say goodbye. Here are 5 tips on how... More

January 25, 2018

How Mentoring Can Create a Bridge Between Generations in Your Workforce

Itís no secret that there is a generation gap between Baby Boomers and Millennials, and while some people see this as a negative, we look at it as an opportunity to bring individuals together through mentoring. We know the common differences between these generations. They includeÖ Communica... More

January 24, 2018

4 Key Benefits of Implementing a Mentoring Program for Your Organization

Mentors and mentees receive many benefits from participating in a mentoring program, but what some people might not realize is that there are benefits for the organization too. These benefits not only make a difference for the organizationís culture and workforce, but also their cost and productiv... More

January 16, 2018

Empowering Women Leaders Through Mentoring

For some women, embarking on a leadership path in their career can seem like a difficult journey. This is because the climb up the corporate ladder is very different for men and women. Although women have made great strides in the workplace, inequality and double-standards still exist, and thes... More

January 12, 2018

Advice from Our Expert: Why Choose Mentoring for Knowledge Sharing

Knowledge sharing is defined as an activity through which knowledge is exchanged through people. This knowledge can be information, skills, and/or expertise and the great thing about technology is that it allows you to share this knowledge even if it canít be done in person. Virtual mentoring is a... More

January 09, 2018

Mentoring Is Not Just for Entry-Level Employees

Growing leadership expertise in a short period of time within an organization is a continual challenge. The speed of projects and the need for innovation have increased to a point that organizations are moving people into positions of management and leadership at an ever-increasing pace. Becau... More

January 04, 2018

Advice from Our Expert: 5 Tips to Keep in Mind When Training for Your Mentoring Program

For many, mentoring seems like a pretty simple concept; You match a mentee with a mentor and off they go, but this scenario seems a little too good to be true. Most of the time, things donít go quite that easy. The one thing that many organizations forget about when implementing a mentoring progr... More

January 03, 2018

Mentor Matching: Right and Wrong

The truth is that some mentor/mentee matches do not work, and in the case of mismatch, itís important to catch it as soon as possible. Thereís not necessarily an easy way for a program admin to determine if a relationship is on the rocks or not until itís too late. Most of it boils down to check... More

January 02, 2018

4 Resolutions to Make for Your Mentoring Program

A saying that you will hear a lot at this time of the year is ďNew Year, New YouĒ, but we donít believe you have to change everything about your mentoring program to see a positive impact. New Yearís resolutions donít just have to be for an individual, you can make them for your mentoring program ... More

December 28, 2017

10 Tips For Being a Good Mentee

When dealing with a mentorship, there are a few things to be taken into consideration. A good mentor is constantly aware and improving his or her skills, so the mentee must learn how to a better mentee. If the two cogs fit symbiotically, it can blossom into a valuable relationship. 1. Remember That... More

December 19, 2017

What is Cross-Generational Mentoring?

As the workforce continues to become more diverse, different generations are not only working together, but also learning from each other. It isnít uncommon to see cross-generational mentoring taking place within your organizationís mentoring program. But what exactly do we mean by cross-genera... More

December 15, 2017

5 Tips to Help Your Mentoring Relationship Be Successful

A traditional mentoring relationship revolves around two parties- the mentor and the mentee. Each of these individuals has a specific ďjob descriptionĒ associated with their role and each role must be fulfilled in to have a successful relationship. Mentoring program rely on these successful relati... More

December 13, 2017

3 Challenges Organizations Face When Recruiting Mentors

When implementing a mentoring program, a key element to success is the recruitment of willing and capable mentors. These mentors are expected to be volunteers that will make the mentoring relationship a priority and be fully engaged with their mentee. It may seem easy to find these people in your ... More

December 06, 2017

4 Tips to Make Your Corporate Alumni Program Successful

Itís safe for us to assume that you arenít just looking to implement a Corporate Alumni Program for your organization and hope that it does well. We know that simply having a program isnít enough because what you really want is for it to be successful. Implementing a Corporate Alumni Program can... More

November 29, 2017

Benefits of Career Development Mentoring

With the workforce becoming more diverse every day, the focus of any organizationís mentoring program should be well defined and fit the necessary objectives. Many individuals today are demanding a mentoring program that isnít just put in place, but also very specific to their needs, especiall... More

November 28, 2017

Planning Your Mentoring Program

When implementing a mentoring program, or even improving your current program, there should always be a period of planning that takes place before the program can begin. This planning phase helps organizations to answer several important questions that will impact the success of the mentoring prog... More

November 27, 2017

Best Practices for Managing Your Corporate Alumni Network

Organizations today have an incredible opportunity to harness the power of their alumni to create brand ambassadors, develop their business, and enhance their culture. Lifelong relationships with alumni can open many new doors for organizations that were previously inaccessible to them, or that th... More

November 22, 2017

Overcoming Challenges as a Coach

Coaching can be a challenging experience for both parties involved, but these challenges donít have to hinder the success of the relationship. Not everyone is meant to be a coach. Coaching takes time, skill, and careful planning in order for it to be successful and the coach and coachee have to be... More

November 21, 2017

6 Common Challenges of Mentoring

Mentoring programs can bring many benefits to an organization and the mentors and mentees participating, but it doesnít come without a few challenges. Fortunately, there are solutions for many of the challenges that your organization will face when planning and implementing your mentoring program.... More

November 20, 2017

How a Mentoring Program Can Help Attract the Top Talent You Need

Itís really no secret that attracting top talent means that your organization needs to provide top opportunities. These opportunities arenít just a nice office and a reasonable salary. Todayís workforce is looking for more than just the standard expectations. They are looking at your entire organi... More

November 16, 2017

Don't Say Goodbye To Your Exiting Employees

One of the best parts about investing in an alumni network is that you donít have to tell your employees goodbye when they leave. Many organizations are starting to realize that their past employees can be just as much an asset as their current employees. Whether they are rehiring employees, boome... More

November 15, 2017

6 Tips to Keep Mentors and Mentees Engaged

Many individuals know the benefits of participating in a mentoring program, but there are times that the benefits may not be enough to keep them engaged. A lack of motivation, time, or energy lead to the disengagement of mentors and mentees who were ready and willing to put in the work needed to r... More

November 14, 2017

How Reverse Mentoring Can Benefit Your Organization

Organizations around the world are embracing a wide variety of modern mentoring models, including reverse mentoring. Reverse mentoring is a program in which the traditional mentoring roles are reversed. Per Dr. David Clutterback, reverse mentoring is most significantly used to address the issue of... More

November 08, 2017

6 Benefits of Coaching for Individuals

If youíve ever been in a coaching relationship, you know that there are many benefits to being a part of the process. The personal benefits of coaching are wide-ranging and can positively impact an individualís career if they are engaging with their coach. This process can help develop individuals... More

November 07, 2017

5 Tips to Make Reverse Mentoring Successful

When people think about mentoring, they picture a senior level employee as the mentor and a junior level employee as the mentee. This traditional style of mentoring is what many organizations have become accustomed to, but are they falling behind the times? With the continued changes being made in... More

November 06, 2017

4 Benefits of Using Speed Mentoring

Many people would say that speed mentoring reminds them of speed dating, and they wouldnít be completely wrong. Speed mentoring is a series of short, focused conversations about specific questions. These conversations involve a one-on-one interaction between a mentee and mentor. The mentee rotates... More

November 03, 2017

What is Flash Mentoring?

Simply put, flash mentoring is a type of mentoring relationship that allows an individual to quickly find the information they need to complete a specific task. This is much less formal than traditional mentoring and is less about a relationship and more about knowledge sharing within a network of... More

November 02, 2017

3 Reasons You Should Implement a Modern Mentoring Program

Traditional, one-to-one mentoring has been around for centuries, but with the technological advancements being made in todayís organizations, modern mentoring is becoming more popular. Modern mentoring goes beyond the traditional mentoring model and embraces a wide variety of models that organizat... More

October 27, 2017

7 Tips for Being a Good Mentor

Itís been said that mentoring is all about the mentee, but we believe that the mentor plays a vital role in whether the relationship is successful or not. While the mentee will typically do the bulk of the work, the mentor is the one who leads them in the right direction, and without that there w... More

October 26, 2017

5 Benefits of Coaching for Your Organization

Coachingis considered one of the first steps to improve an employeeís performance within an organization. Throughout many organizations, coaching programs have been implemented to give employees the opportunity to focus on the skills they may be lacking and become more proficient when performing r... More

October 25, 2017

How to Attract Millennials Through Mentoring

Over the past 5 years, millennials have become the majority in the workforce. This younger generation has perplexed many employers, but their skill and work ethic has made them valuable. Organizations are looking for new and exciting ways to attract the right millennial candidates and keep them ar... More

October 20, 2017

4 Reasons to Invest in an Alumni Network for Your Organization

Having a life-long job is becoming a thing of the past. People are becoming more conscious of their career development needs and moving to new organizations that they feel will help them move forward on their career path. While many organizations are seeing more employees leaving, itís importa... More

October 16, 2017

6 Tips for Increasing Corporate Alumni Engagement

With the success of several well-known boomerangs, former employees that are rehired by an organization, and the use of social media networks like LinkedIn, corporate alumni programs are becoming more popular every year. But just because your organization has an alumni network doesnít mean that it... More

October 11, 2017

5 Ways Mentoring Can Benefit Women in Leadership

Women have been making a name for themselves in organizations all over the world. They are taking their career goals to the next level and claiming positions that they have worked very hard for. But the top positions for most organizations are still held by men. From glass ceilings to work-life ba... More

October 10, 2017

Launching a Successful Mentoring Program in 12 Weeks

Mentoring programs can provide many benefits for an organization and the programís individual participants. These benefits vary depending on the type of program implemented, but if you want to see any benefits at all there is always one thing that must happen. Your organization must have a plan to... More

October 03, 2017

3 Ways to Match Your Mentee with a Mentor

Mentor matching can be done in several different ways. The approach taken is usually determined by the size of your program, the participants involved, and the business reason for enabling a mentoring relationship. Our recommendation would be that a mentoring software portal be used to provide th... More

October 03, 2017

5 Steps To Maintaining A Successful Mentoring Program

Any organization can start a mentoring program, but simply starting a program does not guarantee that it will be successful. Your goal when developing any business strategy should be its continued success and mentoring is no different. To ensure that your mentoring program has a long and successfu... More

September 29, 2017

Who does Alumni Software Benefit?

When an employee leaves, most organizations have an ďout of sight, out of mindĒ approach. They believe that because a good employee chooses to leave that they are no longer a concern. But should these organizations rethink their approach to past employees? Alumni Software gives organizations the... More

September 28, 2017

Mentoring- The Unique Approach to Employee Retention

According to Deloitteís 2016 Millennial Survey, millennials now occupy the largest share in the labor market (32%). This makes the absence of millennial company loyalty, engagement, and retention pressing and important business concerns. Of millennials surveyed, Deloitte reports that almost 2/... More

September 27, 2017

What Is Coaching?

Coaching is considered one of the first steps to improve an employeeís performance within an organization. Throughout many organizations, coaching programs have been implemented to give employees the opportunity to focus on the skills they may be lacking and become more proficient when performing ... More

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