• Taking Initiative to Plan Meetings
    Posted in Mentoring Tips on May 1, 2017

    In your mentoring relationship, try to take initiative by contacting your mentor or mentee first to plan a meeting. Once your meeting time is set, don't change it unless an emergency arises. This shows that you respect the relationship, and that you value your mentor's/mentee's time and presence. 

  • Mentoring People Who Aren't Like You
    Posted in Mentoring Tips on April 19, 2017

    "It took me years to understand this basic dynamic: Those who look less like me might find it hard to share their concerns with me or ask for help. They might feel uncomfortable raising their hand if they aren’t sure I will identify with them. And it’s on me, as the leader, to help close that gap." 

    -Richard Farnell in his article "Mentor People Who Aren't Like You" from the Harvard Business Review

    https://hbr.org/2017/04/mentor-people-who-arent-like-you

  • Helping your Mentee Trust Their Own Judgment
    Posted in Mentoring Tips on April 17, 2017

    "Being a sounding board for your mentee, allowing them to discuss the situation with you, then helping them to think through the situation by asking them questions to draw out the consequences of various actions, is always more empowering for a mentee than advising them what to do. It helps them work through the issue and come to their own conclusions. By doing so, you ultimately help them to learn to think through issues themselves and trust their own judgment, both valuable life skills."

    -From "10 Ways to be a Good Mentor" by Blue Sky Coaching.

    Read the full PDF version here: https://www.blueskycoaching.com.au/pdf/v4i10_mentor.pdf

  • Verbal and Nonverbal Messages
    Posted in Mentoring Tips on April 5, 2017

    Make sure to observe your mentee's nonverbal body language, but do so respectfully and carefully. This will help you understand what they are thinking and feeling, apart from what they communicate to you orally. 

  • Think Out of the Box
    Posted in Mentoring Tips on June 5, 2015

    When presented with a difficult task we often resort to the most logical solution.  Before making a decision, ask yourself “If I had no barriers, how would I solve this problem?”  Imagination can often provide an alternative solution that may have originally be overlooked.  Speak with your mentor today about out of the box solutions to everyday problems.

  • Mentoring Everywhere
    Posted in Mentoring Tips on December 12, 2014

    It is easy to see how mentoring can be beneficial at a new job or within a new position, but sometimes mentoring is overlooked in situations in which it's not so obviously helpful.  Consider the parts of your life that are very important to you, but could use a little  direction.  Mentoring belongs there, too.

  • Curiosity won't Kill You
    Posted in Mentoring Tips on December 10, 2014

    It is commonly thought that curiosity is a good way to get yourself into trouble, but this isn't always the case.  Several studies have shown that those with a curious mind tend to go further in their career - they always find a way to make things happen.  Talk with your mentor today about how you can be more curious.  You never know what will come of it!

  • Mother was Right
    Posted in Mentoring Tips on December 8, 2014

    My mother always said "If you're going to do something, do it right the first time."  Mentoring can be very taxing, but it is worth the effort.  Talk with your mentor today about any areas in which you might be lacking - he or she might be able to see something you can't.

  • 3 More Leadership Mistakes to Avoid
    Posted in General on June 17, 2014

    In this post we have a few more tips on how to improve your leadership skills by looking at a few common mistakes. 

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  • 3 Leadership Mistakes To Avoid
    Posted in General on June 12, 2014

    In continuing with our leadership theme, today we have a post containing a few potential pitfalls for leaders. Also if you haven't yet, check out two of our learlier posts with tips for better leadership. 

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