Mentoring Articles

    Aug 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.

    Aug 03, 2016

    How Does Mentoring Fit into your Succession Planning Strategy?

    Organizations are realizing the ever changing landscape of the business world we live in. The more seasoned executives and baby boomers are coming into retirement age, which could potentially leave a company vulnerable if not properly prepared. Millennials are also on the hunt for a career that satisfies them. Companies are countering this by offering incentives such as mentoring programs to show the employee they are willing to invest in their future career path

    Jul 29, 2016

    Tips for Measuring the Success of a Mentorship

    After investing the time effort and money into starting a mentoring program, youíre going to want to see how itís doing. Are the mentors and mentees meeting their objectives? Are they getting along? Are the objectives realistic? All of these questions and more can be answered with these tips to measure the success of a mentorship.

    Jul 27, 2016

    Engaging Your Mentors and Mentees

    You've led the horses to water, how can you get them to drink? This age old question points to engagement. How can you engage your mentors and mentees? And how you ensure the mentor and mentee relationship will be a success?

    Jul 25, 2016

    Choosing a Mentoring 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. Itís a practical list that every car owner should consider.

    Jul 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. 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 sound succession plan? How can you strengthen and develop the talent you possess within your organization?

    Jul 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.

    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 grandiose exit of the retiring baby boomer generation. Who will be there to grab the baton?

    Jul 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.

    Jul 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.

    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 played a key role in their success. Based on these facts we have highlighted some of the benefits within the workplace and some tips for you to consider to start planning a mentoring program at your organization.

    May 24, 2016

    Training Your Mentors

    A well-trained mentor is an invaluable asset to an organization. However, that person didnít wake up ready to be a mentor. A mentor passes valuable skills, knowledge and insights on to a mentee to help them develop their career. Before the program starts, mentors need to be sure they are set in their own abilities before developing someone elseís.

    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.

    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 explain why mentoring is an essential tool for financial services and their valuable employees.

    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 MORE. There can be many misperceptions and it can be sometimes confused with coaching. We asked Phillip Roark, CEO at Insala for his definition of coaching and mentoring, the differences and how they can be effectively the can both be used in the workplace.

    Apr 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 retiring age; and are taking full advantage of it; which is causing a shift in the work place. How do we maintain unhinged? Mentoring is how, the ones at the top are passing down the reigns to the ones up and coming.

    Apr 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.

    Apr 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 practices on supporting mentoring programs that have distance mentoring.

    Apr 13, 2016

    Recruiting Qualified Mentors for Your Mentor Program

    Recruiting mentors can often be a challenge for most organizations when launching a mentoring program, since employees are having to give up some of their time to support others. Here are some tips by Stephen Grindrod to get more willing mentors to enroll your program, that not only motivated but qualified to do the job.

    Apr 08, 2016

    What Happens if There is a Bad Mentor Match?

    After being matched with a mentor, the mentee has more than likely invested a good amount of time getting to know their mentor and already started to work on their developmental needs. However, sometimes the mentee may feel the match isn't quite what they'd hoped it would be. What would be the smartest thing to do? Continue with the relationship and try and get it back on track, or end the relationship and find another mentor? We have turned to Stephen Grindrod for some advice on what to do if the mentee and mentor match is not quite living up to potential.

    Apr 01, 2016

    Once Matched With a Mentor, What's Next?

    As a mentoring program administrator, you have probably already invested a lot of time in matching mentors, now how do you keep the relationship alive, and make sure the mentee receives the learning that they need? We interviewed Stephen Grindrod, Managing Director of Career Services and Judy Corner, Subject Matter Expert in Mentoring to give their viewpoints and insights on the best practices to do that, based on the number of years them working closely with organizations launching their mentoring programs.

    Mar 21, 2016

    How Matching Software Can Benefit Your Mentor Program

    Mentor Matching Software is a tool that can be implemented to assist your organization in your perfect mentor program. There are a lot of questions that could be posed when starting a mentor program, one of which is how do mentees find the mentor that will suit their needs? For insight in the benefits of using a mentor matching software we turned to Stephen Grindrod, the Managing Director for Career Services here at Insala. Insala has cornered the market place when it comes to SaaS Mentoring software, and Stephen has been implementing mentoring programs for 7 years. Based on his vast experience in the field, we asked him some questions on starting a mentor program using a mentor matching software

    Mar 14, 2016

    7 Best Practices for Matching Mentors and Mentees

    Matching mentors and mentees is the core activity when managing a mentoring program. Without starting with a sturdy match as your foundation, the structure of the mentor relationship could prove futile. Here are 7 tips to get your program off to a great start.

    Mar 07, 2016

    7 Steps to Finding Your Perfect Mentor

    Clearly define what you would like to get out of the mentoring partnership, both developmentally, and personally. Whether it be baby steps up the corporate ladder; specific skill training, or just an overall improvement on the way you work, find your reason in your mentoring partnership. What is your overall goal? Clearly defining this will give you an advantage and help to obtain the results you seek in the relationship.

    Mar 02, 2016

    How Millennials Fit into a Diverse Workplace

    Diversity and Inclusion are more than just hashtags and buzzwords; millennials believe they are essential to being successful. The workplace is becoming more diverse; and finding a way to manage the different generations is a growing concern for organizations. Millennials (those born between 1984 and 1996) see diversity in the workplace as a critical factor when considering employers. In fact, diversity and an inclusive environment rank high on the list of organizational characteristics desired by this generation, and they value highly an employment culture that emphasizes respect for employees and individuality.

    Feb 17, 2016

    Enhancing Diversity as Part of Your Business Strategy

    In today's ever changing business landscape, diversity can make you sink or swim. Organizations who have implemented diversity plans are those on the forefront of development and change. There are a few steps that can be taken in the direction of spurring a beautifully diverse organization.

    Feb 15, 2016

    Companies Who Have Successful Diversity Programs

    Diversity is one of the core growth principals of successful organizations with the concept of ROI-Based Diversity following a simple proposition: the more audiences you market your services or products to, the more opportunities you create to generate revenue. Accordingly, the more diverse potential customers that you have in your pipeline, the more opportunities you have to increase your revenue

    Feb 10, 2016

    How to Improve Diversity Within Leadership Teams

    When you think of your prototypical mentor, you probably picture a seasoned professional like a Caucasian male with an impressive title and well-tailored suit. While this mentor type may work well for some companies, oftentimes organizations will find that their new, more varied employee demographic is full of untapped potential. A strategic and focused initiative to diversify your mentoring program can aid individuals in your organization by exposing them to a more diverse set of skills

    Feb 03, 2016

    Top 10 Tips For Being a Good Mentee

    When dealing with a mentorship, there are a few things to be taken into consideration. A good mentor is constantly aware and improving his or her skills, so the mentee must learn how to a better mentee. If the two cogs fit symbiotically, it can blossom into a valuable relationship.

    Jan 13, 2016

    Top 10 Tips For Being a Good Mentee

    When dealing with a mentorship, there are a few things to be taken into consideration. A good mentor is constantly aware and improving his or her skills, so the mentee must learn how to a better mentee. If the two cogs fit symbiotically, it can blossom into a valuable relationship.

    Jan 08, 2016

    Why Become a Mentor

    Individuals who volunteer to be mentors often do so for the intrinsic value they receive from carrying out this role; for the purpose of giving to another colleague. For people who are younger or less experienced, mentors who share their knowledge and experiences with mentees can change the world for that person. In addition, there is a type of intrinsic or good feeling when you watch someone grow, develop and advance in his/her career knowing that you as a mentor had a hand in helping that individual move forward

    Jan 04, 2016

    Recruiting Mentors for your Mentoring Program

    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.

    Dec 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 these challenges. Mentoring is one important tranche in a portfolio of strategies to be used to grow women leaders.

    Dec 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 even worse if you just consider the very top. Out of 500 companies, there are only 24 female CEOs.

    Dec 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.

    Dec 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 coaching, sharing viewpoints, and transferring knowledge and wisdom to mentee(s). It can therefore be comprehensive, culturally aligned, and less expensive if planned and administered effectually.

    Dec 11, 2015

    Alumni programs across all industry sectors

    Recently several major trends including the war for talent, changing attitudes towards work, employee employer relationships, and the adoption of cloud-based technologies have encouraged companies across all industry sectors, to proceed with major initiatives to gather their intangible assets --- alumni.

    Dec 10, 2015

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

    Alumni programs are an effective solution for companies wanting to stay connected with former employees. However, these programs can also serve as a valuable tool for helping organizations improve productivity among their current employees.

    Dec 09, 2015

    3 ways alumni programs improve organizational productivity

    Alumni programs are an effective solution for companies wanting to stay connected with former employees. However, these programs can also serve as a valuable tool for helping organizations improve productivity among their current employees.

    Dec 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 of employees with different types of skills and experience. Organizations that implement a corporate mentoring program can use it to facilitate workplace diversity.

    Dec 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 offered by your firm.

    Nov 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 carry out their role in the mentoring partnership.

    Nov 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.

    Nov 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.

    Nov 11, 2015

    Next Level Alumni Management: Growing an Existing Alumni Program

    The full benefits of corporate alumni programs are only realized by companies that have highly effective alumni networks in place. Many organizations struggle in the growth period between the beginning of their alumni program and its development into an engaging channel that helps them achieve business goals.

    Nov 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 organization.

    Oct 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 program on the right track before investing in software.

    Oct 21, 2015

    9 Benefits of Corporate Mentoring for Your Organization

    Doing successful, profitable business in todays fast-paced, competitive, and demanding world means finding the lowest-cost, highest-quality solutions for your organizations needs.

    Oct 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.

    Sep 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.

    Sep 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.

    Sep 1, 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.

    Aug 18, 2015

    7 Ways to Improve Mentor and Mentee Engagement

    You've spent countless hours creating the goals for your mentoring program, assigning mentors to mentees, and establishing a timeline. But if you're like most organizations, there's one key element you are forgetting: engagement.

    Aug 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.

    Jun 10, 2015

    Career Development Challenges In Your Workplace

    But as you're encouraging career development culture you must be aware of two things: 1) What balance of isolated career development (trainings, classes, etc.) vs. social career development (mentoring programs, coaching, social learning, etc.) exists in your organization; and 2) What pre-existing conditions may limit the way career development is able to occur.

    Jun 8, 2015

    Mentoring Technology for the High-Tech High-Touch Age

    Mentoring technology works as an internal aid to help alleviate the stress of your administrative burden. But, if it is used incorrectly, mentoring technology can be detrimental to your mentoring program.

    Jun 2, 2015

    How Do You Measure Mentoring?

    Perhaps the biggest trend that we saw in our 2015 Mentoring Benchmarking Survey (stay tuned for the full report) was the 50-point lead feedback surveys had over any other method when it comes to measuring mentoring program effectiveness.

    May 27, 2015

    How to Manage a Transitioning Workforce

    You're currently investing too much in employees to let that investment go every time an employee relocates, is promoted, or leaves the company entirely. So the question is, how can we handle talent shifting around?

    May 23, 2015

    Don't Forget to Promote Your Mentoring Program

    In a recent webinar, we asked attendees if their organization viewed or positioned mentoring as an effective way to transfer knowledge. The responses were surprisingly polar.

    May 21, 2015

    Women in Presidential Politics: Mentoring in Public Policy

    The fact that Hillary Clinton had so many mentors speaks a lot to how she's been able to become a major player in international politics; but her dedication to the importance of mentoring is also pretty clearly demonstrated in her public policy.

    Apr 30, 2015

    ATD 2015: Mentoring for Multi-Generational Communication, Development, and Succession

    Insala's very own Judy Corner will be presenting at the 2015 ATD Conference. We highly encourage all of you who are planning on going to stop by and see her presentation, "Mentoring for Multi-Generational Communication, Development, and Succession."

    Apr 28, 2015

    Leadership and Mentorship: An Upward Trend

    In a poll taken at our most recent webinar "Mentoring for Knowledge Transfer in the Multigenerational Workplace", our attendees indicated that mentorship for leadership development was overwhelmingly the main focus of their mentoring program.

    Apr 27, 2015

    The Top 4 Mentoring FAQ

    We found that people involved with running mentoring programs at their organization tend to have a lot of the same frequently asked questions about mentoring. Here's a compilation of those questions plus our answers to them.

    Apr 13, 2015

    Diversity Mentoring Programs and Your Organization

    Theres no question that the modern workforce is becoming more and more diverse every day. If you want to be able to effectively compete in a global market, you should no longer be questioning if you should promote diversity, but how to do it in the best way possible.

    Apr 12, 2015

    Bridging the Generation Gap in the Workplace

    The term "mentoring" has always conjured up pictures of wise, older sages acting in the role of mentor as they impart wisdom and knowledge to the younger, less experienced mentee.

    Apr 10, 2015

    Formal or Informal Mentoring?

    However, theres a growing movement toward using social learning and/or mentoring software to facilitate informal and skills-based mentoring. Through this model, an individual seeking training or information on a certain and specific skill would be able to access a database of subject matter experts at their organization, find a "mentor" who is willing and able to teach them that particular skill, and form a "mentoring" relationship that lasts only as long as the "mentee" needs it - which may be only a few meetings.

    Apr 2, 2015

    Is Virtual Mentoring Right for Your Organization?

    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-based mentor matching criteria and virtual mentoring.

    Mar 26, 2015

    The Secret to Growing a Successful Mentoring Program

    In my experience, the #1 reason that mentoring programs fail is because mentors and mentees don't have someone to go to with questions or problems. That means they're lacking structure - and to create structure, they're going to make up the rules for themselves.

    Mar 24, 2015

    Overcoming Communication Barriers in Organizations

    There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained from all individuals, ages, and levels within the organization. Having multiple generations not only working together but listening, communicating, and working to develop each other is a boon in many areas, including creativity in problem solving.

    Mar 20, 2015

    Creating an Effective Onboarding Program

    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 have to begin the recruitment and hiring process all over again. Half of all hourly workers leave new jobs within the first 120 days.

    Feb 16, 2015

    Online Mentoring Software and High Touch Partnerships

    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 mentoring programs and produce tangible gains all without compromising the high touch aspect of individual mentoring partnerships.

    Jan 29, 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 years or so - and that mentoring is broader and more fluid development method than you think it is.

    Nov 10, 2014

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

    When you look at any given organization, you will most likely find that there are more men than women in the role of mentor. This is odd, considering that women are perceived as "givers" and "nurturers", when mentoring is all about giving and nurturing. But consider this too: I've also observed that when a either a man or a women has the opportunity to choose a mentor, they will more often than not choose a man within the organization.

    Oct 3, 2014

    Mentoring for Onboarding and New Hires [Resource Collection]

    Onboarding is a crucial time for new hires and the organization - will the relationship work, or won't it? How you bring new hires on board has a lot to do with how quickly they get up to speed in their job, how well they integrate with your company culture, and how long they stay with your organization. Mentoring is a natural complement to onboarding processes - and here's why.

    Sep 30, 2014

    Mentoring for Knowledge Transfer: Bridging Today and Tomorrow

    Today's workplace is going through some drastic changes that make the subject of knowledge transfer more important than ever. As a result, many companies are turning to mentoring programs in order to capture and preserve the knowledge of experienced employees.

    Aug 19, 2014

    Why Mentor Matching Can't Be The End of Your Involvement

    It's often possible to save a mentoring partnership that's on the rocks, but it's not always obvious to a program administrator that a mentoring partnership is in trouble until it's too late. Any time that the partnership can be saved, however, it always comes back to one thing: communication. Don't underestimate how necessary it is for you to check in with your mentors and mentees regularly, pay attention for warning signs, and report on the progress of individual partnerships as well as the overall mentoring program throughout its cycle.

    Jul 22, 2014

    The Model for Mentoring Program Success

    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 thrown together. Don't set yourself up for failure before you even begin. Follow the PIE-M step-by-step approach towards mentoring to ensure the success of your program.

    Jul 10, 2014

    Why Should I Measure My Mentoring Program?

    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 connections between employees. However, the flipside to the "humanness" of using mentoring as a developmental method is the subjectivity that comes along with it.

    Jun 26, 2014

    How to Reduce Your Training Expenses with Corporate Mentoring

    In a poll taken during one of our recent webinars, 66% of attendees stated that they use a combination of mentoring and training in the workplace. This combination of methods is just one way in which you can free up your training budget while generating an even better developmental result.

    Jun 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-potentials in targeted ways. But today, HR departments are hindered by two things: a) fear of a low-performing economy, which leads to cut talent development initiatives, including training and coaching programs, and b) a business world moving faster than many organizations can keep pace with.

    Jun 5, 2014

    Mentoring Obstacle #4: Your Participants' Misconceptions About Mentoring

    Your mentoring program participants are skeptical of your mentoring program, whether they're telling you so or not. Here's what they're thinking, and how you can assuage their fears.

    May 29, 2014

    Mentoring Obstacle #3: Our Participants Won't Know What to Do

    It's not the mentors' 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 be just one big gap.

    May 15, 2014

    Mentoring Obstacle #2: We Won't Get Buy-In from Leadership

    No matter how few resources are allocated to your mentoring program, you'll still need sign-off and approval for their allocation. Whether that means administrators, training, technology, or something else, you'll need buy-in and you'll need it from more people than you probably expect.

    May 15, 2014

    Recruiting Mentors for Your Corporate Mentoring Program

    In a poll taken one of our recent webinars, 51 percent of attendees said that recruiting and qualifying 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 the more fundamental problem of finding mentors and ensuring that they're ready to undertake the mentoring journey.

    May 7, 2014

    Mentoring Obstacle #1: We Won't Have Enough Resources

    It's never about how big or small your organization is, or even how big your mentoring program is it's always about the resources allocated proportionally to planning, implementing, and running it.

    Apr 25, 2014

    Mentoring for Succession Planning: Recap

    62 percent of our last webinars attendeesreported that they used development activities to follow up with their succession planning activities. That's not a bad number, overall. But it could stand to be better. After all, when we're talking about human beings and the complex ranges of their skills, capabilities, personalities, and methodologies, you can never simply substitute person A, entire, for person B, and assume that business will run as it always has.

    Apr 21, 2014

    Why Women Leaders Must Mentor Other Women

    While I often stress in my 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. Nowhere is this truer than in the cases of women in C-Level positions.

    Apr 3, 2014

    The Perils of Skipping Mentoring Training

    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 events

    Mar 12, 2014

    Best Practices for Corporate Mentoring Programs

    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 means that formal mentoring that is, mentoring where objectives are set from the beginning and development is tracked according to them covers 90% of employee learning needs.

    Mar 7, 2014

    Mentoring for Leadership Development: Top Tips

    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 sharing and talent development, but ultimately it's your objectives and how well your program addresses them that ultimately makes or breaks your program.

    Feb 25, 2014

    Mentoring vs. Training

    Over on one of our LinkedIn groups (the Mentoring Thought Leaders' Club) there's been some interesting discussion recently about the merits of training versus mentoring.

    Feb 13, 2014

    Mentor Matching: Valentine's Day Edition

    The truth is that some mentor/mentee matches do not work. And in the case of mismatch, it's important to catch it as soon as possible.

    Jan 14, 2014

    Mentoring Solutions for Succession Planning Problems

    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 to run our businesses in 2014 and beyond.

    Oct 10, 2013

    7 Rules for Mentoring Success

    At one of our recent webinars, 40 percent of attendees reported they don't know how successful their mentoring program was because they didn't measure the results.

    Apr 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." If you've ever found yourself saying this, read on.

    Mar 22, 2013

    Best Practices for Creating an Integrated Coaching and Mentoring Program

    Sometimes you need more than what a mentoring program or coaching program alone can offer your organization.

    Mar 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?

    Jan 7, 2013

    Designing a Mentoring Program That Improves Onboarding

    So where does one start when thinking about designing a mentoring program to support onboarding? Here are recommendations that provide a starting point.

    Dec 14, 2012

    Mentoring Program Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    Common Mistakes of Mentoring Programs and how to avoid them

    Nov 7, 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.

    Nov 2, 2012

    Insala Releases Hi-Impact Mentoring Version 5, Includes Mentoring and Coaching Integrated in a Single Software Solution

    The release of version 5 of its online mentoring software system that now allows administrators to integrate their mentoring and coaching program into a single online solution

    Jun 20, 2012

    Tech-Infused Mentoring - Online Mentoring Technology

    Online mentoring technology can offer an efficient solution for the challenges of implementing and managing a successful program.

    Jun 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.

    May 11, 2012

    7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Mentoring Program

    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 mentoring program challenges.

    Mar 28, 2012

    Insala Presents Hi-Impact Mentoring: How You Can Learn More From Others at CIPD 2012 HRD Conference in London

    Insala chief executive officer will present ?Hi-Impact Mentoring: How you can learn more from others? at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

    Dec 13, 2011

    Insala Facilitates Mentoring Work Group at Hillary Clinton and U.S. Department of State's Women in Public Service Project

    Insala's Director of Mentoring Services Judy Corner, has been invited to lead a mentoring and networking discussion at the launch of the U.S. State Department and Seven Sister?s Women in Public Service Project

    Nov 8, 2011

    Insala Offers HR Professionals New Online Community To Assist With Mentoring Initiatives

    HR professionals now have a new online networking community providing the necessary tools for HR professionals to greatly improve mentoring within their organization

    Sep 13, 2011

    Insala Shares Best Practices For Mentor Matching, Ensuring Successful and Sustainable Partnerships

    Insala, a leading global provider of innovative mentor and talent development solutions, announces its upcoming webinar - Matching mentors with mentees ? How do you find the best possible match?

    Jul 22, 2011

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

    So how can you ramp up new hires to be productive for your company more quickly? How can you shorten a new hire?s learning curve? And most importantly - how can you measure the results? The answer mentoring.

    Jul 18, 2011

    Insala Partners with the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals to Provide Mentoring for its Members

    Insala, announces its strategic partnership with The International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals (ISDIP), the first global comprehensive association for the diversity and inclusion field.

    Jun 8, 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 measured and demonstrated.

    May 12, 2011

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

    If you are considering a corporate mentoring program or have been charged with the task of investigating mentoring, then clarifying some basic concepts and seeing what?s new in the industry can be helpful.

    May 5, 2011

    Insala Demonstrates How to Build a Solid Business Case for a Corporate Mentoring Program

    For organizations looking to start a formal mentoring program, this webinar is a great way to start.

    Apr 20, 2011

    Successful Onboarding through Mentoring Programs

    Judy Corner describes how the use of mentoring successfully aided new hire acclimation to company culture, and gave them a proper onboarding to minimize turnover during a time of considerable change.

    Apr 8, 2011

    New Self-Matching Capability Accelerates Management of Large Corporate Mentoring Programs

    For organizations looking to facilitate large corporate mentoring programs, self-matching technology dramatically cuts administration time and enables the matching and pairing process to ?run itself.?

    Apr 1, 2011

    Best Practices for Managing Mentoring Programs within Large Organizations

    Here are 3 best practices for managing mentoring programs within a large organization

    Mar 29, 2011

    The Differences Between Mentoring and Coaching

    What are the biggest differences between mentoring and coaching?

    Feb 25, 2011

    Women with strong leadership potential need mentoring and coaching to get to the top

    At the beginning of the year, Fortune magazine reported that only a dozen Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs, despite the fact that there is plenty of evidence to show that placing a woman in charge can represent a shrewd move for investors.

    Feb 16, 2011

    Mentoring Program Best Practices Within Large Organizations

    Upcoming webinar, ?Best Practices for Managing Mentoring Programs Within a Large Organization.?

    Feb 7, 2011

    Survey Reveals How Existing Mentoring Programs Can Be Improved and Specific Challenges to Overcome

    New white paper containing compelling data from its recent mentoring survey that gives HR and business professionals valuable insight into the biggest challenges and priorities of mentoring program implementation and management.

    Feb 1, 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? Here are 7 practical and critical mentoring program recommendations that will propel your corporate mentoring program in the right direction.

    Jan 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.

    Jan 13, 2011

    Insala Shares Pitfalls to Avoid and Advice for Getting a Mentoring Program On Track in Upcoming

    Insala, announces its upcoming webinar called "7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Mentoring Program"

    Nov 16, 2010

    Insala?s Proven Mentoring Approach Offered in Upcoming Webinar: 3 Ways to Guarantee Mentoring Success at Your Organization

    Insala announces its upcoming webinar on Tuesday, December 7th at 12pm ET: "3 Ways to Guarantee Mentoring Success at Your Organization".

    Sep 1, 2010

    Haskayne School of Business Optimizes Mentoring Program with Insala?s Mentoring Software

    Insala?s mentoring software solution at the University of Calgary?s Haskayne School of Business, results in ease and efficiency of program administration while facilitating program growth.

    Aug 16, 2010

    Macerich - Delivering Hi-Tech, Hi-Touch Mentoring with Insala's Mentoring SolutionsMacerich - Delivering Hi-Tech, Hi-Touch Mentoring with Insala's Mentoring Solutions

    Insala provided a comprehensive mentoring solution to Macerich that included quality training, implementation and consulting services, as well as technology tools.

    Jun 28, 2010

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

    Structured mentoring programs that support individuals in the onboarding process provide organizations with the opportunity to give new employees a better understanding of its workplace and culture - faster

    Jun 16, 2010

    Insala's Mentoring Solutions Help Macerich Deliver a Successful Corporate Mentoring Program

    By using the mentoring consulting and technology solutions provided by Insala, shopping mall operator Macerich is taking its mentoring program to the next level and experiencing tangible results in distance learning and knowledge sharing across its widely dispersed employees.

    May 19, 2010

    Complimentary Mentoring Webinar Series Offered for Successful Implementation and Program Management

    the global leader in career transition and talent management solutions, announces the upcoming complimentary Mentoring Webinar Series, beginning in June,

    Apr 22, 2010

    Mentoring ? Enhancing Diversity Strategically and Sustainably for Real Business Results

    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.

    Jan 15, 2010

    People Developing People: The Move to Mentoring

    When 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.

    Dec 3, 2009

    The Benefits of Hi-Tech, Hi-Touch Mentoring

    How can mentoring software enhance the effectiveness and profitability of hi-touch mentoring initiatives? Which organizations benefit the most from implementing a technology solution to support their initiatives?

    Nov 25, 2009

    People Developing People: The Move to Mentoring

    While mentoring can?t fully replace traditional classroom-based training and e-learning programs, it can help reinforce them and provide much-needed one-on-one support.

    Oct 12, 2009

    Mentoring - Helping leaders and managers grow and develop

    Studies have proven that there are limits as to how fast you can drive education and training and have it be effective. What can organizations do to help solve this dilemma and assist in the transition between ?education? and ?experience?? Mentoring can assist.

    Aug 14, 2009

    Mentoring Across the Generation Gap

    Today's mentoring relationships do not conform to age-based hierarchy, but adjust to fulfill the needs of employees of all ages. They enable young graduates with experience in the newest technology to be Mentors to older employees who have not yet had the opportunity to learn about that technology.

    Jun 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 problems.

    Jun 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.

    Apr 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.

    Aug 26, 2008

    Improving Mentoring and Communication through Online Programs

    According to Christie Jeavans (2004), a BBC reporter in the United Kingdom, ?every time a senior worker retires, a whole lifetime of experience and knowledge about the job or organization is lost'. As a result, many companies are turning to mentoring programs in order to capture and retain the knowledge of experienced employees.

    Jul 17, 2008

    Mentoring in Good Times and Hard Times

    Our Organization is going through many changes right now including a major down sizing. Is now the time to initiate a Mentoring Process?

    Feb 15, 2008

    Mentoring as a Business Strategy

    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.

    Feb 5, 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, grow and develop. The popularity of this concept has grown exponentially in the last five years.

    Nov 21, 2007

    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.

    May 6, 2006

    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 and fewer developmental programs to teach individuals how to implement the skill/competency of coaching.

    Nov 16, 2007

    Mentoring: Current Trends

    As organizations race to compete our increasingly complex and global economy, they are re-defining traditional strategies supporting their most important asset ? their human capital. Mentoring, one such strategy, is the focus of this article.

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