2015 Talent Development Blog

December 23, 2015

The Role of Women Mentors in Closing the Gender Leadership Gap

CEOs who understand the impact that gender equality has on their business, know it is critically important to address this issue; that it is the smart thing to do for financial reasons as well as ethical ones. However, gender equality goals cannot be met without solid strategies for how to address t... More

December 17, 2015

The Benefits of a Lasting Association with your Employees

Many organizations and their employees are not yet receiving the mutual benefits of the ongoing and lasting association inherent in corporate alumni programs. The career long benefits for alumnus and the payback for companies who have alumni programs are well documented. Very few companies have an ... More

December 16, 2015

Mentoring as a Talent Development Strategy

When we say talent development, you might automatically think of training. While training is widely used and effective, it can also be expensive. There must be a more cost-efficient method for successful talent development, right? Our answer is mentoring. Mentoring as a talent development strategy... 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

December 02, 2015

Alumni relations for business development

One of the main benefits of establishing a strong alumni program is the potential of new revenue derived from referrals by alumni to new business. Previous employees are in an ideal position to refer you to new clients, especially if they move on to employment in an industry that uses solutions offe... More

November 17, 2015

Using alumni data to improve program engagement

To make a corporate alumni program active and engaging, it is important to understand the needs of both current and future alumni. The best way to gain this understanding is through the analysis of alumni program data: these numbers offer empirical evidence about the behavior and interests of alumni... 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 23, 2015

Managing the Cultural Fit Challenge with Corporate Alumni Recruitment

Today's corporate recruiters face many challenges. As employees become increasingly mobile, top talent is becoming harder to both attract and retain. Recruiting candidates that are a good cultural fit is another critical challenge for recruiters. Katherine Klein at the University of Pennsylvania's ... More

October 21, 2015

9 Benefits of Corporate Mentoring for Your Organization

Doing successful business in today’s corporate world means finding low-cost, high-quality solutions for your organization’s needs. Your greatest asset for this is often your employees and their knowledge capital. That means a great employee development strategy will translate into profitable results... More

October 16, 2015

Employee Referrals: The Hidden Benefit of Alumni Relations

An engaged alumni network provides cost effective access to top-caliber talent and serves as a channel for business development, but there is another benefit of alumni relations that is not often talked about: referrals from former employees. In a recent study conducted by iCIMS, it was reported th... 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 24, 2015

Alumni Relations Have Become a Cultural Magnet for High Potentials

The current generation of high potential employees doesn't expect to stay at a position forever. When evaluating a prospective role or employer, workers are already thinking about how the skills and experience they will gain there will help them later in their careers. The most desirable corporate ... More

September 21, 2015

Corporate Alumni Management Best Practices Checklist

Many companies that understand the benefits of alumni programs are past the planning and implementation phase: they are focusing on developing their program to engage with their alumni. To achieve high levels of engagement with corporate alumni, it is necessary to integrate the alumni management so... More

September 14, 2015

How to Increase Alumni Engagement With Segmentation

For corporate alumni programs to be successful, they must offer relevant content and opportunities to all alumni participants. The huge amount of correspondence that people receive through email and social media makes this a necessity for an engaging alumni program. An effectively segmented alumni ... 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 03, 2015

How Corporate Alumni Goals Vary by Industry

Today's corporate alumni programs are more than just directories of names that receive an email newsletter every so often. The best alumni programs consist of well-cultivated networks of former employees and are tied to specific, measurable goals. The benefits of implementing an Alumni program can b... 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 20, 2015

Winning the War for Talent with Alumni Engagement

Hiring managers today continue to face major challenges when it comes to filling open positions. CIO reported recently that almost 70% of technology executives believe there is a shortage in both the quality and quantity of skilled technology workers available. Success in this war hinges on two goa... More

August 18, 2015

7 Ways to Improve Mentor and Mentee Engagement

It’s true that starting a mentoring program requires a lot of investment. You’ve likely spent a lot of time preparing matches, creating objectives, and establishing a timeline. Sometimes all the planning can overlook important aspects, like how to improve employee engagement with the program. Your ... 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 10, 2015

Internal Mobility: Need and Purpose

Career development opportunities are at the top of your employees “must-have” list. Not addressing this need is starting to take a toll on organizations that have fallen behind. In a 2013 survey of more than 100 companies by consultancy Towers Watson, the lack of internal mobility opportunities was ... More

June 08, 2015

Career Development Challenges In Your Workplace

The benefits of learning and career development in your workplace are obvious. Of course, this is not to say that it is easy to achieve. As you’re encouraging a career development culture, you must be aware of the preexisting challenges. These challenges may limit the way development occurs. It’s i... More

June 02, 2015

Barriers to Mentoring (And How to Overcome Them)

Mentoring in the workplace is widely popular today. In fact, 71% of Fortune 500 companies have mentoring programs for their employees. Not only is it widely implemented, but the benefits of mentoring make it a solid and worthwhile investment. But just like becoming a Fortune 500 company, mentoring ... 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

March 04, 2015

When High Potential Employees Leave

By Phillip Roark, CEO of Insala High Potential Employees Don't Stop Being High Potential When They Leave When a high potential employee decides to leave your firm, they don’t stop being high potential. Increasingly, leading firms are recognizing that an employee leaving an organization shouldn’t... More

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