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Reflective Practices and Mentoring

              I am a firm believer in the art of reflection. There isn’t a day that goes by that I am not reflecting on something that has happened or is about to happen. I see it as part of my continuous learning. As a mentor and a leader I must always be striving to grow on a personal and professional basis. Let’s take a look at what the … [Read more...]

Mentoring and Learning and Development

          There is a movement to create more dynamic learning and development environments in organizations today. Organizations need to be explore various ways to create this environment for the betterment of the employees and for the success of the organization. Continuous learning can take an average leader and provide them with the tools to become that … [Read more...]

The Importance of Issue Identification to the Mentoring Arrangement

          If I want to advance my career development but seem to be in the midst of a struggle that would be an issue. If I did not believe in my capabilities that would be an issue. These are two of many examples that we could talk about that define what an issue could be. The challenge for us in the mentoring arrangement is to identify what those issues … [Read more...]

Mentor Arrangements and Ethical Standards

        I have been asked this question a number of times, “what is the behavior that is congruent with ethical standards in a mentor arrangement.” To answer this we need to break down the various pieces of this statement. Let’s first look at the definition of behavior. Behavior is defined as: “The way in which one acts or conducts oneself, especially toward … [Read more...]


      Do I really need a mentor? I think I am doing alright so why would I want a mentor? All a mentor will do for me is help me with my career development plans. I am not sure that I know what my plans are or if I could achieve them if I had a plan? When I ask myself about moving forward my inner voice keeps telling me that I will fail. My work place is riddled with … [Read more...]

It is Time – The Emergence of the Chief Mentoring Officer

        Organizations are now realizing the strategic significance of mentoring in their organization. It is seen as a way to address various business challenges and is in alignment with the creation of a “learning and development” environment that is focused on continuous growth. With continuous growth comes the innovative spirit that is lacking in so many … [Read more...]

Bullying – A Global Challenge

            At some time point in your life you have experienced bullying in some fashion. If the behavior was not addressed you assumed that it was acceptable behavior. Recent situations that have been reported in the media reflect how the behavior has gone unaddressed and we see people in positions of power using that to gain the upper hand in … [Read more...]

Communication and Mentoring

        I keep hearing stories of organizations that do not communicate well. They are either too busy or just can’t be bothered. Both of these are just excuses and the precursor to bigger problems down the road. Poor communication that is nurtured is like pouring all kinds of water on a patch of earth already infested with weeds. Eventually the weeds take ownership … [Read more...]

Mentoring – Where Relationships Can Begin

          When this topic came to me we started with “mentoring – where relationships begin” and then evolved to what we have as the title for this article. After reflecting on the title I realized that not all mentoring relationships are great – sufficient enough to fit the title above. So why is that? The mentoring process relies very heavily on the … [Read more...]

Mentoring You

        I just finished connecting with a dear colleague of mine and our conversation prompted me to sit down and capture some of our thoughts. We are both going through some changes and what it did for me was validate what I have been sharing with others through mentoring sessions and our mentor training program. Let me share some of those thoughts! All too … [Read more...]