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Mentoring Requires An Investment of Time

At the beginning of every orientation session for mentoring programs, I ask the participants to write down any challenges they foresee regarding the success of their mentoring relationship. The #1 challenge, by far, is always time.  From business owners to triathletes, people are concerned about how to make time for the...

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Mutuality in Mentoring: It Matters

When asked to reflect on relationships that have made a difference in their lives, many people think about their mentoring relationships. However, like other work and personal relationships, mentoring relationships fall along a continuum ranging from high quality to dysfunctional. Research has shown that one determining attribute of high...

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In Formal Mentoring Programs: Training Matters

In formal mentoring programs, preparation and training for the participants is critical to the success of the mentoring partnership.

Mentoring is an intimate learning relationship that requires intentionality to make it work. Too often I hear about programs that weren’t successful and have resulted in formal mentoring programs getting a...

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Developmental Networks: The Basics

We tend to have a variety of networks that serve various purposes. From growing our businesses to growing ourselves. From gaining a new skill to gaining visibility in the marketplace.

A developmental network is a special type of network defined as “a set of relationships an individual has with people who take an active...

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What Exactly is Coaching?

There are many different types of coaching – leadership, team, executive, organizational, wellness, life, sports – to name a few. Coaching exists along a spectrum from being more supportive at one end (think life coaching) to directive at the other end (think sports coaching). At the core they are all the same – helping...

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Co-mentoring: A Mutually Beneficial Learning Relationship

leadership mentoring Feb 12, 2011

When it comes to professional development, mentoring is a popular subject. Co-mentoring is about establishing mutually beneficial learning relationships among our colleagues and friends.

Rather than look “up” in the organization or further “out” of our immediate network the way we typically do, we can also look at...

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What Exactly is Mentoring?

Mentoring is the act of helping someone learn.

Mentoring is one type of relationship in your overall developmental network – the group of people you turn to and rely on for input, advice and ideas to help you along the way. It is a relationship that you have with a person who is interested in your development and yet does not...

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