• Challenges of E-mentoring
    Posted in General on June 26, 2014

    In our last post we established that e-mentoring can be a great way to bring mentoring to a wider audience. But does e-mentoring come with any disadvantages? In this post we list a few possible e-mentoring challenges that you should be aware of!

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  • How to Ask Someone to Mentor You
    Posted in General on July 24, 2014

    Figure Out Who

    Deciding who you want your mentor to be is the first and most obvious step. Decide what you hope to accomplish with a mentor, and look for individuals who will be best able to assist you in accomplishing those goals. Remember, mentors can be found in your workplace, school, non-profits, and even your family. Once you have found your ideal person, it's time to move on to the next step.

    Set Up a Meeting

    When you get a chance, ask your potential mentor if you can set up a time to meet and discuss possible mentorship. During the meeting make sure and let him or her know why you think he or she would be a great mentor. Discuss why you want to be mentored, and what you hope to accomplish. If your mentor agrees that a mentoring relationship would be a good idea, you're set! 

    Clarify Goals and Commitments

    Before you begin your mentoring relationship, it's essential that you clarify goals and commitments. When and how often will you meet? About how long do you expect the relationship to last? What exactly are the goals that you hope to accomplish? By beginning the relationship well prepared, you will be more likely to finish it successfully. 


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  • Understanding Who You Are
    Posted in General on August 5, 2014

    When searching for a mentor, it's important to find someone who you are compatible with. By taking an online personality test, you can learn more about yourself and more easily find someone who you will work well with. These tests can be completed easily and quickly, and can provide instant assessments of your termperment, disposition, likes, and dislikes. We have listed a couple of good ones below:

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  • Mentoring Resources
    Posted in General on August 29, 2014

    The most difficult part about mentoring for many is simply getting started. Luckily, there are many websites, manuals, and articles online that can be of great help. Our own website has a great list of resources (Go to the "Mentoring Resources" tab and click on "Online Mentoring"), all categorized for your convenience. We went ahead and listed a few favorites from the list below:

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  • Know the Differences Between Coaching and Mentoring
    Posted in General on September 15, 2014

    Coaching and Mentoring are fundamentally different processes. Do you know what sets them apart?

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  • Mentoring faculty in institutions of higher education: The experience of SIUE’s faculty-driven peer mentoring and consulting program
    Posted in General on January 15, 2015

    The importance of an effective faculty mentoring program in academic institutions has never been questioned. This is because an effective mentoring program helps address the challenges associated with attracting and retaining high-quality faculty, facilitating faculty development, and increasing students’ academic quality through high-quality instruction. This recognition has resulted in different models that have been tried out by institutions with varying levels of success. Our institution, a mid-size university in the mid-west, is no exception. However, in 2008 we revised the existing mentoring program and with faculty input developed a new faculty-driven peer mentoring and consulting program. Several unique elements of this mentoring model have resulted in great success. Our paper will share the positive outcomes of this unique faculty-driven mentoring model and the components of the program responsible for its success. It will also present ways that faculty members have used the results of the mentoring outcomes to enhance their teaching and development.

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  • The Best Advice I’ve Ever Heard (David Clutterbuck)
    Posted in General on July 15, 2015

    It’s evident that a coaching and mentoring strategy requires the sustained support and energy of an organization’s leaders. In our interviews on this topic with both HR professionals and leadership teams, a number of themes recur frequently enough to warrant inclusion in practical guidelines. In no particular order of importance, these are:

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  • Bruce Lee's Top 10 Rules for Success
    Posted in General on July 20, 2015

    Imagine if Bruce Lee was your mentor. These are his top 10 rules for success!

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  • Self-Mentoring Plan
    Posted in General on August 5, 2015

    Long distance mentoring? E-mentoring? Have your mentee create a self-mentoring plan to help stay on track when you're not present. 

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  • The Benefits of Mentoring as Told by the Huffington Post
    Posted in General on February 15, 2017

    Huffington Post writes about how mentoring benefits the lives of all in their article commemorating international mentoring day in January. 

    Read the article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eli-wolff/international-mentoring-d_b_14206704.html?

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