Mentoring Articles

March 03, 2017

Reverse Mentoring for Financial Services

The financial services industry is built on high uses of technology, specialized knowledge and efficiency. Senior managers who have grown up in the financial service sector are abreast of, and proficient on using technology. But here's the thing: financial services (FS) are known for early adoption ... More

February 10, 2017

Mentoring Millennial Leaders

Millennials, often referred to as Generation Y, are the "hot topic" in the workforce. Using proper mentoring solutions, with acknowledging their needs, wants, and traits, an organization could have a drastic positive influence. But first it is necessary to understand these Millenni... More

February 02, 2017

Tips to Strategize Diversity In Your Mentoring Program

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 of been overlooked. However the problem isn't marketing diversity, rather it's how to ... More

January 25, 2017

Mentoring And Training- How Can They Work Together?

While training classes are widely available for any learning need, they can become costly. The time spent away from the office and various travel expenses, as well as the cost to take the course calls for an immense commitment of both time and money from your organization. In a poll taken during on... More

January 23, 2017

Top Mentoring FAQ

We’ve found that people involved with running mentoring programs at their organization tend to have a lot of the same frequently asked questions about mentoring. Take a look below: Top Mentoring FAQ How can I qualify mentors? Firstly, let them self-assess out as necessary, by letting ... More

January 18, 2017

Your Business Mentoring Program Is Still Business

Working on a Business Mentoring ProgramIsWorking on Business We’ve talked elsewhere about the importance of positioning mentoring as a business strategywhen you’re pitching your business mentoring programto leadership or upper management to get buy-in for your mentoring program. ... More

January 05, 2017

Formal vs Informal Mentoring

In our last poll that we ran in our webinar, 71% of respondents reported that they found a combination of formal and informal mentoring to be more effective than just formal mentoring or just informal mentoring. We’ve definitely found at Insala that informal mentoring enhances formal ment... 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 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 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

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 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 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

October 31, 2016

Mentoring – The New Approach to Employee Retention

According to Deloitte’s 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

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

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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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

December 17, 2015

Women-led mentoring leads to an increase in the bottom line

Today, women comprise almost half of the workforce. Women are a strong force in the economy. However, according to a recent CNN Money Analysis article Still Missing: Female Business Leaders “only 14.2% of the top five leadership positions at the companies in the S&P 500 are held by women. It's e... More

December 16, 2015

Mentoring as a Talent Development Strategy

Talent development has traditionally been met using training and coaching solutions that can be effective but also expensive per capita. Although not mutually exclusive, mentoring as part of a talent development strategy has a forward-looking, growth-oriented vantage point. Mentoring encompasses coa... More

December 10, 2015

Guide to starting a mentoring program, Part 4: Manager/Supervisor training

An important step that is often overlooked in the process of launching a mentoring program is training the managers of mentees / mentors to enable and facilitate mentoring relationships. While managers are not directly involved in the mentoring process as are the mentees and mentors, they play an im... More

December 03, 2015

Encouraging workplace diversity through mentoring

Employers are routinely employing policies that foster diversity in the workplace. Diversity is often tied to the age, gender, and ethnicity of employees. These elements are part of workplace diversity, but organizations may also need to be concerned with professional diversity: creating a workforce... More

November 30, 2015

Guide to starting a mentoring program, Part 3: Mentor training

After the creation of a business case, setting up all elements to ensure success and matching qualified mentors and mentees, the next step in establishing a corporate mentoring program is mentor training. The goal of this phase is to ensure that mentors understand what is expected of them and how to... More

November 16, 2015

Guide to starting a mentoring program, Part 2: Mentee training

Once a business case for a mentoring program has been agreed on, you will need to consider how you will qualify and train your mentees. A well-trained mentee stands to gain much more from a mentoring program than one who is unsure about their role or how they will be expected to contribute. There a... More

November 10, 2015

Guide to starting a mentoring program, Part 1: Building the business case

The first step to success for any mentoring program is positioning it as a vital component of organizational growth. Many proponents of mentoring struggle during this early step: company leaders are often skeptical about the need for a mentoring program and how exactly it will benefit the organizati... More

October 30, 2015

How to start a mentoring program without software

A successful corporate mentoring program requires a strong plan of action, measurable goals, and an understanding of what is required from everyone involved. While mentoring software can make your program more effective and easier to manage, there are several things that should be done to get your p... More

October 21, 2015

9 Benefits of Corporate Mentoring for Your Organization

Doing successful, profitable business in today’s fast-paced, competitive, and demanding world means finding the lowest-cost, highest-quality solutions for your organization’s needs. There is no question that your greatest asset is your people and their collective knowledge capital, and that strategi... More

October 14, 2015

Benefits of Corporate Mentoring Programs for Onboarding: Case Study

When applied effectively, mentoring for onboarding is a powerful tool for improving the efficiency with which new hires are assimilated into the organization. Insala worked with a client experiencing three significant challenges in their onboarding program: Slow time-to-productivity and difficul... More

October 13, 2015

The role of Mentoring and Alumni relations in a career progression plan

Today's employees are increasingly focused on their personal career progression, both inside their current organization and beyond it. This represents a significant shift from previous generations of workers, where the ideal career track was to stay at one company and work one's way "up the lad... More

September 22, 2015

Video and Mentoring Fill the Corporate Learning and Development Gap

There is a substantial disconnect between the kind of corporate learning that employees expect from their employers and what they actually receive. The gap is most notable in two particular areas of learning and development: Technology – Corporate learning systems are outdated and cumbersome co... More

September 10, 2015

Corporate mentoring to maximize the value of short term employees

A free agent mentor is defined as a “short term” employee who transfers their knowledge to other employees through a formalized corporate mentoring program. Free agent mentors allow you to retain practical skills and abilities as “employee” retention becomes more difficult. There is a troubling dis... More

September 01, 2015

Corporate Mentoring for Global Sales Effectiveness

Building a global sales team presents many obstacles to efficient onboarding, training and motivation of new talent resulting in very high costs of training and a sub-par succession pipeline. The Challenge of Global Sales Effectiveness New hires on a global sales team can take much longer to get u... More

August 12, 2015

5-Step Process to Make Your Corporate Mentoring Program a Success

Like any other business initiative, corporate mentoring programs must be planned and monitored with ROI in mind. Too many companies today aren't sure what they really want to accomplish with their mentoring programs, making them hard to measure and justify with decision makers. Mentor program manag... More

June 02, 2015

Barriers to Mentoring (And How to Overcome Them)

In a poll taken in one of our recent webinars, 41% of attendees said a lack of participant understanding of what is entailed in a mentoring program was their biggest obstacle to implementing a mentor training program at their organization. Whether you have only recently considered starting your fir... More

April 21, 2015

Mentoring Technology for the High Tech, High Touch Age

Technology has quickly taken over the facet of business life where human-to-human interaction used to be the norm. However, it’s important to keep in mind that technology isn’t a bad thing in and of itself. Especially when we’re talking about mentoring technology, we’re talking about an aid that can... More

April 01, 2015

Diversity Mentoring Programs and Your Organization

“You can’t buy diversity, and organizations that continue to embrace this approach will tarnish their brand.” (Forbes 2011) How Important Are Diversity Mentoring Programs? There’s no question that the modern workforce is becoming more and more diverse every day. If you want to be able to effective... More

March 16, 2015

Creating an Effective Onboarding Program

Creating an Onboarding Program to Retain New Hires The unfortunate reality is that you can lose new hires as quickly as you hire them. This is a problem when you take into consideration the cost of hiring and onboarding that new employee - costs you will incur twice over if you lose a new hire and ... More

February 16, 2015

Online Mentoring Software and High Touch Partnerships

Benefits of Online Mentoring Software Mentoring is all about human “high touch” relationships. So why go for high tech in a mentoring program that should be all about high touch? For medium to large-scale mentoring initiatives, the use of online mentoring software has been proven to facilitate ment... More

January 14, 2015

Types of Mentoring for Today's Workplace

You may be considering implementing a mentoring program in your organization, or are even simply curious about its role in the workplace. No matter what or why your interest in mentoring, it’s important that you first understand there has been a shift in the definition of mentoring in the last ten y... More

October 09, 2014

Mentors, or Just Nurturers? How Women Are Hurting Themselves and Not Realizing It

Mentors, or Just Nurturers? I once observed a situation in which an individual (we’ll call him “Bob”) asked two of his colleagues for advice on how to solve a problem in a project he was working on. One was male (“George”), and one was female (“Liz”). Bob went to Liz for advice first, and she sugge... More

September 30, 2014

Mentoring for Knowledge Transfer

Mentoring for Knowledge Transfer: Bridging Today and Tomorrow The preservation of institutional knowledge has always been an essential part of any organization’s agenda. You spend too much time developing knowledge and skills to simply let it go every time someone relocates or retires. Today’s wo... More

July 22, 2014

Mentoring Program Success

How to Create a Successful Mentoring Program You may be considering implementing a mentoring program in your organization or re-vamping an old one that didn’t work out as well as you had hoped. In any case, be sure you realize that a successful mentoring program is not something that can just be th... More

July 10, 2014

Why Should I Measure My Mentoring Program?

Mentoring Success Measurements Mentoring is a very human development method – and that’s definitely part of the beauty of it. One of the reasons mentoring tends to work as well as it does within organizations is precisely because it’s individual-to-individual, and facilitates conversations and co... More

June 26, 2014

How to Reduce Your Training Expenses with Corporate Mentoring

While training classes are widely available for any learning need, they can also be very costly. The time spent away from the office and probable travel expenses, as well as the cost to take the class (or create the course internally), necessitates an immense commitment of both time and money from y... More

June 10, 2014

The Fast Are Eating the Slow: Mentoring for Leadership Development as a Competitive Method

An organization sees a need for leadership development. Does it turn to external training, coaching, or mentoring to achieve their goals? The answer has usually been one of the first two, the philosophy being that traditional training and coaching programs are better-suited to develop high-potentia... More

May 15, 2014

Recruiting Mentors for Your Corporate Mentoring Program

In a poll taken one of our recent webinars, 51% of attendees said that recruiting mentors and coaches had been a challenge in implementing their mentoring or coaching program. There’s often a lot of emphasis placed on qualifying and matching mentees, when just as often administrators are faced with ... More

April 21, 2014

Why Women Leaders Must Mentor Other Women

Women Leaders and Mentoring - and Why We Don't See More of It While I often stress in my mentoring planning workshops that it’s not advisable to require your most senior level people to become mentors, the fact remains that sometimes the senior levels really do need to be involved as mentors. No... More

April 03, 2014

The Perils of Skipping Mentoring Training

Mentoring Training and Your Program Participants If you were to put all of your mentoring program candidates into one room to discuss the mentoring journey that is ahead of them without giving them mentoring training or some type of direction beforehand, the following is a likely progression of e... More

March 12, 2014

Best Practices for Corporate Mentoring Programs

Best Practices for Corporate Mentoring Programs: 70% of Learning Occurs On-the-Job According to Lombardo and Eichinger’s 70-20-10 training model (1996), 70% of learning is due to self-directed, on-the-job experience, while 20% is due to feedback, and only 10% is due to courses and reading. This... More

March 07, 2014

Mentoring for Leadership Development: Top Tips

Mentoring and Leadership Development With the economy in a slow recovery, it’s becoming more necessary for organizations to prepare for the future in terms of leadership development and succession planning. Mentoring has always been a popular method of knowledge transfer and talent development, but... More

January 14, 2014

Mentoring Solutions for Succession Planning Problems

Mentoring for Succession Planning With an aging workforce, planning for the inevitability of your leaders exiting your organization is becoming more and more necessary by the day. Succession planning isn’t just a buzzword: it’s a developmental strategy that’s extremely relevant to how we plan... More

October 10, 2013

7 Rules for Mentoring Success

At one of our recent webinars, 40% of attendees reported they don’t know how successful their mentoring program was because they didn’t measure the results. This statistic is really quite alarming when you recognize the time, effort, and money that goes into creating and supporting a mentori... More

April 26, 2013

How to Prevent 7 Common Problems in Mentoring Programs

Our mentoring program was successful, but we can’t prove it, and we’re about to lose funding for it. There’s too much pressure to implement a mentoring program, and no time to actually plan one. Our program’s mentees just aren’t learning the things that are necessary to their development. Everyon... More

March 22, 2013

Mentoring Software for an Integrated Coaching and Mentoring Program

Sometimes you need more than what a mentoring program or coaching program alone can offer your organization. But if you only have the time and money to implement one program, which one should it be? It doesn’t have to be a matter of choosing one or the other. In a recent webinar, Insala’s Judy Corn... More

March 21, 2013

Defining the Differences between Mentoring and Coaching

If you’re considering implementing a mentoring or coaching initiative in your organization, you probably have questions. Which will best meet your objectives? Which employees will be better suited to mentoring than coaching, and vice-versa? Mentoring and coaching do have several fundamental similari... More

January 07, 2013

Designing a Mentoring Program That Improves Onboarding

We’ve all been through onboarding: the conference room, the policy agreements, the tax forms, the acronyms. How much of it all did we retain? And more importantly, how much of it was information that truly helped us understand the inner workings of our new company or learn new skills necessary for o... More

December 14, 2012

Mentoring Program Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Mentoring is as old as time and actively used in organizations today. Personally learning from someone who has been there and done that is the most fundamental way to pass along knowledge. It holds true whether its learning to start a fire, hunt, farm or for creating killer spreadsheets, writing cod... More

November 07, 2012

Mentoring and Talent Development: How to do they fit together?

If you are considering a targeted mentoring program for talent development, or if you presently manage a mentoring program, chances are you’ve been asked to provide a road map where at the end you are expected to tie it all together and prove it’s business value and ROI. With so many variables to c... More

June 20, 2012

How Can Mentoring Facilitate Learning and Development Across An Organization?

Mentoring is used today by organizations to satisfy any number of unique business objectives from onboarding, diversity or most often centering on leadership development, succession planning, employee career development and knowledge transfer. One trend now in learning and development (L&D) is ... More

May 11, 2012

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Mentoring Program

Implementing any new company sponsored program can seem a daunting objective and pitfalls lay at every turn. Corporate mentoring programs are no different. To minimize challenges and maximize program results, we’d like to share seven recommendations that have proven successful to real-world mentor... More

July 22, 2011

How One Company Used Mentoring to Improve Time-to-Productivity for a Critical Role

According to a recent Monster.com survey, it takes 6.2 months on average for new managers to become productive enough to be considered profitable investments for the company. During that time period, new managers are actually expenses rather than valuable investments. Likewise, for any role – par... More

June 08, 2011

How to Position Mentoring for Strategic Talent Development

There are many benefits of formal corporate mentoring program as a talent development strategy. For example, mentoring can be a cost-effective alternative or complement to traditional training programs, and a formal mentoring program’s alignment with critical business objectives can be clearly measu... More

May 12, 2011

What is Mentoring Today, and How is it Being Used Strategically within An Organization?

Mentoring, in one form or another, has been around for ages and much talk has been generated about mentoring in the workplace as a way to develop talent. If you are considering a corporate mentoring program or have been charged with the task of investigating mentoring, then clarifying some basic con... More

April 20, 2011

Successful Onboarding through Mentoring Programs

- Adjust New Employees to Company Culture Acclimating new employees to company culture has proven just as important as familiarizing them to their new roles. But how do companies do this during times of transition or change - to best prepare new employees to be successful? Judy Corner, a twenty-y... More

April 01, 2011

Best Practices for Managing Mentoring Programs within Large Organizations

The majority of large organizations see the benefits of mentoring and invest in it as a talent strategy. According to the Institute for Corporate Productivity, 64 percent of businesses with over 10,000 employees and 50 percent of those with 5,000-9,999 employees have mentoring programs in place. H... More

March 29, 2011

The Critical Differences Between Mentoring and Coaching

Today, coaching and mentoring are both seen as critical employee development strategies within leading companies. But ask several organizations about their approach to mentoring and their approach to coaching, and you are guaranteed to get (sometimes very) different ideas of what coaching and mento... More

February 01, 2011

7 Things You Wish You had Known Before Starting a Corporate Mentoring Program

Does your organization currently have a mentoring program in place and would like to improve it? Or are you thinking about starting a mentoring program at your organization – but perhaps concerned about the pitfalls? Judy Corner, Mentoring Subject Matter Expert at Insala, makes the following 7 pract... More

January 18, 2011

How to Ensure a Successful Corporate Mentoring Program

Today, best-in-class organizations understand the benefits of corporate mentoring programs, but many organizations get “cold feet” when they think about how to manage a program successfully. As mentoring is a seemingly abstract activity within the ever-abstract realm of employee development, how do... More

June 28, 2010

Mentoring for Onboarding: Increase New Hire Retention and Maximize Hiring Investment

At a time when "employees" and "human capital" are synonymous in the eyes of both HR and non-HR leaders, there seems to be an easy formula for "people success": invest the money to attract the best people, then make them stay for as long as possible and generate a retur... More

April 21, 2010

Mentoring – Enhancing Diversity Strategically and Sustainably for Real Business Results

Mentoring for Diversity In today's world, best-in-class organizations understand that racial, cultural, and gender diversity in the workplace is no longer a nice-to-have, but a necessity in order to remain competitive and deliver sustainable bottom line results. A diverse and inclusive organization... More

January 15, 2010

People Developing People: The Move to Mentoring

Article written by Agatha Gilmore and published in Chief Learning Officer MagazineWhen times are tough, we often look to our friends and colleagues for support. That human connection and sharing of knowledge is an invaluable tool for navigating a crisis — and now, it’s an economical one, too. Accord... More

December 03, 2009

The Benefits of Hi-Tech, Hi-Touch Mentoring

As a rule of thumb, every HR leader knows and employs the positive ROI rule when deciding on a new initiative. This rule is especially important when investing in talent management technology, which requires an additional cash outlay for the company and changes the way in which many HR administrator... More

October 12, 2009

Mentoring - Helping Leaders and Managers Grow and Develop

Speed vs. Effectiveness 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-i... More

June 23, 2009

The Importance of Qualifying and Properly Matching Mentors and Mentees

When an organization initiates a mentoring initiative, it is often so anxious to have individuals participate that it launches the initiative without establishing role-specific qualifications, or prudently assessing Mentor / Mentee quality. Ambiguous Mentor / Mentee criteria can pose several problem... More

June 12, 2009

How can we measure mentoring?

When measuring the success of a Mentoring initiative, the essential first step is to identify the business objectives that the initiative was created to accomplish. Once the objectives have been identified, the effectiveness of the initiative can be properly assessed.2 examples of successful mentori... More

April 20, 2009

Mentoring in the Best of Times and the Worst of Times

No matter what shape the economy is in, how the industry is forecasted, or what is on the horizon for market demands, when it comes to identifying a just-in-time, time-efficient and cost effective way to develop people…it’s mentoring.If your organization is going through changes right now including ... More

August 26, 2008

Improving Mentoring and Communication through Online Programs

Why is mentoring important? Over the next three years, more than 19 million American workers will reach 65, the traditional retirement age, causing the Bureau of Labor Statistics to project that there will be a shortfall of more than 10 million skilled workers by 2010. According to Christie Jeavans ... More

July 23, 2008

Support for E-Learning

How can mentoring assist an individual in his/her e-learning?There are many advantages to e-learning as a vehicle to assist individuals in their development. These include:offering just-in-time learninglearning that is on a focused topicallowing individuals to attend the learning event on their own... More

July 17, 2008

Mentoring in Good Times and Hard Times

Our Organization is going through many changes right now including a major downsizing. Is now the time to initiate a Mentoring Process?Absolutely! Many organizations feel like the timing has to be just right before they can initiate projects. Sometimes that can be true – but mentoring is an initia... More

May 06, 2008

What are the differences between Coaching and Mentoring?

This is a question that is asked quite frequently in today’s business climate. When this question was asked only a few years ago, the answer was much more clear and defined, because there were fewer professional coaches, less performance emphasis and pressure on a manager to coach his/her employees ... More

February 15, 2008

Mentoring as a Business Strategy

How can we build a business case for “mentoring”? You can and you should! An important step to change perceptions regarding the concept of mentoring is to position mentoring correctly and to build a business case. In building a business case, start with the foundation. The first building block is to... More

February 05, 2008

Is Your Mentoring Initiative Working?

As mentoring becomes more and more popular, more and more organizations are adopting this initiative as a way for individuals to learn, growand develop. The popularity of this concept has grown exponentially in the last five years. Does your organization have a mentoring initiative?Is it working?Are... More

November 21, 2007

Mentoring Software

How should you use technology when implementing a mentoring program?When implementing a mentoring program it is absolutely vital to realize that any technology or a software application that is used should support the program/initiative.Technology is a tool – technology supports a methodology – it i... More

November 16, 2007

Mentoring: Current Trends

As organizations race to compete in our increasingly complex and global economy, they are redefining traditional strategies supporting their most important asset – their human capital. Mentoring, an effective talent development strategy, is the focus of this article. Mentoring - A Definition The ea... More

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