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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...]

GIFT OF MENTORING

      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...]

Entrepreneurs and Mentoring

          I am currently working with some entrepreneurs who are truly visionary in where they would like to take their idea and transform it into a viable business. In some cases they have already put into place a growth trajectory that they now wish to take to a higher level. In other cases we are starting at the beginning of the journey and the vision is … [Read more...]

Leadership, Culture and Mentoring

        Three very powerful words and yet three words that are not widely understood. I have often said that, “a great mentor is a great leader” and “a great leader is a great mentor.” Taking the right steps with your leadership development program is key to the development of your future leaders and future mentors within your organization. I would like to add … [Read more...]

BUILDING YOUR MENTOR CULTURE

        Which is the best path to take - a mentor program or a mentor culture? I get asked that question periodically but the one that seems to be the most asked lately is tell me why my organization would want to implement mentoring. It sounds like it would be far too much work and we don’t have the time to do this. I have provided some links for you below that … [Read more...]