2016 Talent Development Articles

December 29, 2016

Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind

Like an R&B song on repeat, organizations are not forgetting about their exes that easily. Many corporations are finding themselves looking into their little black books at what could have been, wondering what will be. The rise of Corporate Alumni Networks is providing a new use for those old co... More

December 28, 2016

Corporate Alumni and the Boomerang Effect

If you love something, let it go. And if it comes back to you, then it was meant to be [Click to Tweet] … a part of your corporate alumni network. The idea behind an Alumni Network is simple enough. Employees leave and employers woo them back, or at least keep up with them. But have you ever ex... More

December 22, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Virtual Mentoring

We live in a truly digital age. More and more relationships and bonds are being formed without even meeting face-to-face. [Click to Tweet]These kind of relationships have spread into the business and legal world as well. In the legal world; knowledge transfer is a major way that law firms pass... More

December 21, 2016

Alumni as Brand Ambassadors

Corporations are the new alma maters: companies are retaining and managing their connections with ex-employees (corporate alumni) in a trend dubbed “corporate social networking” (CSN). Corporate branding has become more indicative of competitive market advantage than product branding. Alumni admira... More

December 20, 2016

Internal Mobility and Millennial Retention

A former client recently contacted me about licensing our career development software again with a different objective in mind. Employee retention is becoming a major issue in most organizations, due to many factors including the increased flow of millennials in the workforce. They’re losing good, q... More

December 15, 2016

The Hidden Job Market in Your Alumni

Corporate Alumni Programs Need a Hook Yourcorporate alumni programis a long-term strategy. Just as you can’t expect to build it overnight, you need to plan to bring your alumni to your program not just once, but over and over and over again. The simple fact of it is that alumn... More

December 14, 2016

Is Virtual Mentoring Right For Your Organization?

Consider Virtual Mentoring Earlier Rather Than Later One of the biggest things our clients ask about when putting together their mentoring program is mentor matching criteria. We’ve written previously on the 5 mentor matching criteria you should consider , but today I want to focus on location-ba... More

December 13, 2016

Is Your Alumni a Two Way Street

When was the last time you went to a networking event, or a gallery opening, and you stood in front of 10, 100, or even 1,000 attendees and told them all about the great things you have done in the past 30 days? Sounds ridiculous, right? I am sure this has never... More

December 12, 2016

Mentor Matches Don't Always Work Out

Your seventh and final step to getting mentors and mentees to make time for mentoring focuses on closing the circle so that, no matter what unexpected issues crop up, you are ready to keep the mentoring program cycling to success. We all know that even the best mentor matches ... More

December 07, 2016

Bridging the Generational Gap at Work

The term “mentoring” has always conjured up pictures of wise, older sages acting in the role of mentor as they impart wisdom and knowledge to the younger, less experienced mentee. This model doesn’t translate to today’s workplace. You have at least three – andmaybe four – generations workin... More

December 06, 2016

Mentoring Training Courses Are For Managers Too

We have discussedmentoring training coursespreviously, but only in terms of mentors and mentees. Wait, you’re saying.There’s another group I need to train for my mentoring program? [Click to Tweet] Absolutely. You'll definitely need to train your mentors’ and mentees’ managers – and here’s why.... More

December 05, 2016

Company Benefits of Using Mentoring for Onboarding

Mentoring for Onboarding: Company Benefits I wrote in my last post about how mentoring for onboarding supports new hires . On the flip side, the biggest benefit for the organization is that new hires will more naturally engage with their new culture, coworkers, and work when given the righ... More

December 02, 2016

How to Build Your Corporate Alumni Network

Building an alumni network from the ground up can be difficult. Luckily, we have plenty of experience helping a diverse range of organizations do this. Here are a few items you should consider when building acorporate alumni network. Decide on the population pool early: What kind of ... More

December 01, 2016

Onboarding Vs. Orientation

In ourrecent webinar, we had a great question during Q&A: “What do you see as the difference between orientation and onboarding?” Ah, the great debate of onboarding vs. orientation. [Click to Tweet] The difference betweenonboarding and orientationboils down to this: orientation deals with the ... More

November 30, 2016

Quick Status: State of the New Hire

With the economy in an upswing, people are feeling secure enough to actively seek jobs as well as leave the jobs that, for one reason or another, they don’t feel are good fits for them anymore. While this has several different ramifications, from to recruitment to talent retention to knowledge re... More

November 29, 2016

Why Are My Employees Leaving Me?

Organizational Heartbreak When experiencing a breakup, one party is often left full of self-doubt and unanswered questions. Organizations ruminate on these same questions when employees decide to breakup with them too. Why did the employee leave? Was it something we did wrong? Could it h... More

November 28, 2016

Mentoring Problem #3: Mentoring Communication

It's not the mentor's and mentees' responsibility to figure out where their gaps are in understanding what exactly they need to do for the duration of the program and the mentoring partnership. Mostly because right now - it may just be one big gap. That's dangerous for you as the progra... More

November 23, 2016

Social Selling and Brand Ambassadors

Social selling is a new term for me; in fact, I just downloaded my first song last week! I am a millennial that feels behind the technological times at least twice a week, but if I can understand the importance of social selling, so can you! For a great source on how this has changed in the last dec... More

November 22, 2016

Mentoring Problem #2: Buy-in for Your Mentoring Program

Buy-in for your mentoring program is more important than you think [Click to Tweet].No matter how fewmentoring resourcesyou have,you’ll still need sign-off and approval for their allocation. Whether that means administrators, training, technology, or something else, you’ll needbuy-in for your mentor... More

November 21, 2016

Mentoring Problem #1: Mentoring Resources

It's About Your Mentoring Resources It’s never about how big or small your organization is, or even how big your mentoring program is [Click to Tweet] – it’s always about the mentoring resources allocated proportionally to planning, implementing, and running it. Whether it’s a larger program... More

November 17, 2016

Mentoring vs. Training?

Over on one of our LinkedIn groups (the Mentoring Thought Leaders' Club) there’s been some interesting discussion about the merits of mentoring versus training. The poll that sparked the discussion asked participants to vote whether they felt employees learned more from training or mentoring. ... More

November 15, 2016

Power of Alumni Networks

It’s unfair to believe that your employees will want to stay with you forever. Nobody plans to work in the same office for 30 years. It just sort of happens. Or it used to. [ Click to Tweet] It is currently estimated that Millennials will hold 12-15 jobs in their lifetim... More

November 14, 2016

Four Benefits from Diversity Mentoring

More than ever before, diversity is a necessity for growing organizations [Click to Tweet]. It accommodates diversity in your clients, motivates employees, and even recognizes new knowledge and skills that may have been overlooked in the past. However the problem isn't marketing diversity, rat... More

November 11, 2016

Tips to Engage Your Alumni with Technology

Organizations who realize the benefits to retaining connections with their corporate alumni talent face a major roadblock to engagement: Finding an efficient and sustainable process. Technology, when implemented properly, can alleviate this formidable administrative strain of engaging your alu... More

November 07, 2016

Why is Diversity Important for the Workplace

We live in a world that is constantly changing - where minorities are becoming majorities - and from 1998 to 2008 a growth of 41 percent of employees were non-white. Aside from laws encouraging diversity in the workforce, the benefits of diversity alone would interest any organization seeking ... More

October 21, 2016

Promote Your Brand Through Your Alumni

When you think of Billy Mays, you immediately picture him in his crisp blue polo shouting to promote OxyClean™ to get any stain out no matter what! He is a great example of an organization promoting their brand. Unfortunately, he isn't taking anymore promotional gigs. But fear not, there i... More

October 19, 2016

Mentoring Program Planning

Failing to plan your mentoring program is planning for it to fail. In my experience, I’ve found that organizations that don't have a good, solid, strategic plan before they begin implementation simply aren't able to measure mentoring program effectiveness from an ROI-based standpoint. ... More

October 04, 2016

How To Create a Successful Women's Leadership Program

When it comes to leadership development, a focus on women is heavily trending. Women are quickly escalating into the leadership field as the times change; but how can organizations ensure that they will properly cultivated? From glass ceilings to work-life balance and office politics, female ex... More

October 03, 2016

Building Women's Career Path Through a Mentor

“We Can Do It!”. Right about now, you're probably imagining a stoic Rosie the Riveter in her classic cartoon portrait. Years ago this mantra concerned women taking baby steps to break down gender barriers (i.e. voting, being taken seriously as active members of society). However these days, ... More

September 29, 2016

Employees moving Up the Career Ladder through mentoring

From the time an employee is onboarded, they are constantly absorbing information and skills needed to progress their way through the ranks of the corporation. Most people are not inherently gifted with all the proficiency needed to fulfill every job responsibility expected of them. This truth... More

September 28, 2016

What is the Criteria for Matching a Mentor with a Mentee for Career Development?

Your organization is on board and excited about the new mentoring program. The objectives are aligned. The program administrators are primed and ready. And the stakeholders are excited about unrolling the new program. The next step is matching your mentees and mentors. There are a lot of diff... More

September 26, 2016

You now need mentoring software, how do you create a business case?

Mentoring software facilitates the career development of employees in a streamlined electronic client. We know that. But how does one secure funding for such a large project? Securing funding from key executives can be tricky. There must be a solid business case outlining objectives and providi... More

September 23, 2016

Building an Employee Career Path Through a Mentor

Employees usually feel more engaged when they believe that their employer is concerned about their growth and provide avenues to reach individual career goals while fulfilling the company’s mission. Building an employee's career path through mentoring provides employees with an ongoing mechanism ... More

September 21, 2016

Can Mentoring Enable Career Development for Employees?

The relationship between a mentor and mentee is one that spans throughout antiquity and recent history. Zeus was a mentor to Hercules, Athena was the mentor to Telemachus, and even the late Steve Jobs served as a mentor to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. These relationships served as key advancem... More

August 17, 2016

Seven reasons software will improve your corporate mentoring program

Starting a corporate mentoring program is a big step for any organization. It is often the first of many in strides to increase retention, flourish and develop the leaders in your talent pool, and secure your succession pipeline. A personalized mentoring program makes all of this possible. Mento... More

August 12, 2016

How Technology is Changing Mentoring in the Workplace

Advances in technology now allow mentoring programs to flourish more than ever before. With technology we have broken down the barriers of communication, reduced the workload, and even allowed a mentors to connect with a mentees from across the world. What key technological advantages does mentori... More

August 10, 2016

Mentoring Skills

There are a set of skills possessed by good mentors that make them sought out for their knowledge and ability to guide mentees. If you’re going to properly set up a mentoring program, your mentors will need to be prepared for the job. After all, they are equipping your organization’s next generat... More

August 03, 2016

How does mentoring fit into your succession planning strategy?

We all know mentoring helps with developing career paths and transferring knowledge from one employee to another, but how can it affect your succession pipeline? There is a process to evaluating the talent queued in your succession pipeline planning. [Click to Tweet]Mentoring aids that process by... More

July 29, 2016

Tips for Measuring the Success of a Mentorship

A proper mentorship is a mentee driven and mentor guided. [Click To Tweet]But how can you ensure both parties are in a successful mentorship and that the program is a lucrative investment?? After investing the time effort and money into starting a mentoring program, you’re going to want to see ho... More

July 27, 2016

Engaging Your Mentors and Mentees

You've led the horses to water, how can you get them to drink? This age old question points to engagement. How can you engage your mentors and mentees? And how you ensure the mentor and mentee relationship will be a success? [Click To Tweet] Start with the basics The formal mentoring program ... More

July 25, 2016

Choosing a Mentoring Software Provider

Do you remember the last time you purchased a brand new car? The list of factors that you probably considered included: amenities, fuel efficiency, monthly payments and the usefulness of your last vehicle. It’s a practical list that every car owner should consider. But wha... More

July 20, 2016

When to use mentoring software?

Every organization has to leave the startup garage and blossom into something more lucrative at some point, success willing[Tweet This]. There comes a point where you need to have everyone in your organization ready for growth and the leadership roles that naturally follow. How will you ensure a s... More

July 18, 2016

Successful Mentoring Programs in Corporations

How can an organization facilitate knowledge transfer, develop leaders, and bring those who have been onboarded up to speed in a flash? Organizations large and small alike can benefit from launching a successful mentoring program. Who would most benefit from a formal mentoring program? In tr... More

July 15, 2016

How Mentoring Can Help Increase Retention with Millennials

The time is coming. There is a major shift happening in the workplace with the pending exit of the retiring baby boomer generation. Who will be there to grab the baton? A study published by Dupress shows millennials have recently become the largest force in labor. Millennials are n... More

July 14, 2016

19 Mentoring Advantages

Mentoring has shown to be one of the most valuable and effective development opportunities an organization can offer employees, per the numbers.(Download our recent mentoring survey report.) Having the guidance, encouragement and support of a trusted and experienced mentor can provide a m... More

June 15, 2016

The Rise of Corporate Alumni Programs

What do LinkedIn, YouTube, Yelp and Tesla have in common [ Tweet This]? These top ranking businesses are examples of innovation and massive financial success formed from an alumni network. All of them were founded by the alumni of a single company: PayPal. The "Paypal Mafia"... More

June 06, 2016

Creating Leaders Through Mentoring

Today's global marketplace offers many opportunities for talented leaders. The challenge for organizations is retaining and developing said leaders within their current workforce. In the next five years, the top 500 companies in the world will lose their top executives to retirement [Twe... More

June 03, 2016

Mentoring in the Workplace

We all know having a mentor can achieve great things in our lives. Did you know how it can effect the workplace? According to Dr. Tammy Allen, studies show that 75% of the top fortune 500 companies that have a formal mentoring program, 75% of the executives in these companies say mentoring play... More

May 24, 2016

Training Your Mentors

A well-trained mentor is an invaluable asset to an organization. However, that person didn’t wake up ready to be a mentor. A mentor passes valuable skills, knowledge and insights on to a mentee to help them develop their career. Before the program starts, mentors need to be sure they are set in t... More

May 20, 2016

Alumni Relations In the Financial Services Sector

The end of an employee’s tenure at a company doesn’t always mean the end of that firm’s relationship with said employee. Alumni programs make it possible to keep a mutually beneficial relationship going on after the cord has been cut. Due to the specific skills needed to thrive in the Fina... More

May 18, 2016

Mentoring Circles - Hi-Impact Collaborative Learning

Technology has changed the way we can connect with individuals within the workplace. We recently defined flash mentoring and how easy it now can be to find an employee to help you with a specific learning need within a couple of minutes through mentoring software. We asked Stephen Grindrod... More

May 06, 2016

Launching a Mentoring Program for Financial Professionals

At Insala, we have seen a recent trend of financial service organizations needing a mentoring solution that allows mentoring relationships to be made in different locations and provide the mentee a framework to pursue career development within their organization. We turned to Stephen Grindrod to ... More

May 02, 2016

The Differences Between Coaching and Mentoring and How They Benefit Your Organization

At Insala, before we assist in setting up a mentoring program for our clients we make sure all stakeholders are clear of the definition of what mentoring really is, through our consulting workshop called “M.O.R.E.”. There can be many misperceptions and it can be sometimes confused with coaching. We ... More

April 26, 2016

Enhancing Career Development Through Mentoring

There is a shift currently happening in our day and age; the shift in the work force. With 4 generations of people in the work force today; there is a very diverse way of approaching tasks. However, we are slowly losing our strong footing; the baby boomers. In 2016, a myriad of baby boomers are at r... More

April 20, 2016

Flash Mentoring - The Global Employee Knowledge Sharing Network

We all know what mentoring is in general, did you know there are different types of mentoring? This includes group mentoring, mentoring circles and now with the growing tech crowd, the trend is moving towards online mentoring software and more instant forms of mentoring; like flash mentoring. ... More

April 15, 2016

Distance Mentoring - Your Global Mentoring Program

We have seen an uptake of global mentoring programs in the last few years since online mentoring software can support these types of programs better than years ago, this means distance mentoring is on the rise. We asked Stephen Grindrod, Managing Director of Career Services, on the best practi... More

April 13, 2016

Recruiting Qualified Mentors for Your Mentor Program

Recruiting mentors can often be a challenge for most organizations when launching a mentoring program, since employees are having to give up some of their time to support others. Here are some tips by Stephen Grindrod to get more willing mentors to enroll your program, that not only motivated b... More

April 08, 2016

What Happens if There is a Bad Mentor Match?

After being matched with a mentor, the mentee has more than likely invested a good amount of time getting to know their mentor and already started to work on their developmental needs. However, sometimes the mentee may feel the match isn’t quite what they’d hoped it would be. What would be the smart... More

April 01, 2016

Once Matched With a Mentor, What's Next?

As a mentoring program administrator, you have probably already invested a lot of time in matching mentors, now how do you keep the relationship alive, and make sure the mentee receives the learning that they need? We interviewed Stephen Grindrod, Managing Director of Career Services an... More

March 21, 2016

How Matching Software Can Benefit Your Mentor Program

Mentor Matching Software is a tool that can be implemented to assist your organization in your perfect mentor program. There are a lot of questions that could be posed when starting a mentor program, one of which is how do mentees find the mentor that will suit their needs? For insight i... More

March 14, 2016

7 Best Practices for Matching Mentors and Mentees

Matching mentors and mentees is the core activity when managing a mentoring program. Without starting with a sturdy match as your foundation, the structure of the mentor relationship could prove futile. Here are 7 tips to get your program off to a great start. 1. Identify the business objective ... More

March 07, 2016

7 Steps to Finding Your Perfect Mentor

Clearly define what you would like to get out of the mentoring partnership, both developmentally, and personally. Whether it be baby steps up the corporate ladder; specific skill training, or just an overall improvement on the way you work, find your reason in your mentoring partnership. What is you... More

March 02, 2016

How Millennials Fit into a Diverse Workplace

Diversity and Inclusion are more than just hashtags and buzzwords; millennials believe they are essential to being successful. The workplace is becoming more diverse; and finding a way to manage the different generations is a growing concern for organizations. Millennials (those born between 1984 an... More

February 17, 2016

Enhancing Diversity as Part of Your Business Strategy

In today’s ever changing business landscape, diversity can make you sink or swim. Organizations who have implemented diversity plans are those on the forefront of development and change. There are a few steps that can be taken in the direction of spurring a beautifully diverse organization. 1. ... More

February 15, 2016

Companies Who Have Successful Diversity Programs

Diversity is one of the core growth principals of successful organizations with the concept of ROI-Based Diversity following a simple proposition: the more audiences you market your services or products to, the more opportunities you create to generate revenue. Accordingly, the more diverse potentia... More

February 10, 2016

How to Improve Diversity Within Leadership Teams

When you think of your prototypical mentor, you probably picture a seasoned professional like a Caucasian male with an impressive title and well-tailored suit. While this mentor type may work well for some companies, oftentimes organizations will find that their new, more varied employee demographic... More

February 03, 2016

5 Tips for Planning a Mentoring Program for Diversity

In today’s organizations, managers must respond to the needs of increasingly diverse employees. Many organizations have instituted diversity training programs to help understand and utilize the unique contributions of all employees by creating an inclusive work environment. However, minority employe... More

January 13, 2016

Top 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

January 08, 2016

Why Become a Mentor

Individuals who volunteer to be mentors often do so for the intrinsic value they receive from carrying out this role; for the purpose of giving to another colleague. For people who are younger or less experienced, mentors who share their knowledge and experiences with mentees can change the world fo... More

January 04, 2016

Recruiting Mentors for your Mentoring Program

The major challenges and misconceptions in recruiting mentors The greatest challenge in recruiting and retaining mentors is largely due to a lack of understanding about what the role of mentor requires. This is normally based on two most likely misconceptions. The first regards the amount and leng... More

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