Benefits of Business Mentoring. What’s in it for YOU?

Benefits of Business Mentoring

4 Key Benefits of Business Mentoring FOR THE MENTOR
You’re a mentor? Outstanding! You’re doing a great thing. And, of course you invest your time and talent into others for all the right reasons.

You care about your employees.

You want to grow leaders.

You hope to retain talent.
All good and well and, yes, mentoring

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Three Cool Qualities of Millennials Who “Show Each Other the Way”

Millennials

In my corporate life, I begged for the chance to mentor millennials.

Why?

Because they were cool.
Not only was the group I worked with hip and up on everything tech and social, they also shaped their workplaces by mentoring each other. Sometimes it wasn’t even called “peer mentoring” by their management. It was just something they did.

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Does Your Business Mentoring Look Like This?

Business Mentoring

Three Ways Walking and Talking Will Recharge Your Business Mentoring Relationship

Your head probably doesn’t drop to the table when your business mentor yammers on about how prolific their career has been, and what you absolutely should be doing to improve yours, but the temptation to nod off is running strong.

Too many times, a mentor “hogs” the conversation or perhaps they zone out and don’t listen very well while you are talking. (Maybe

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How Mentoring Millennials is Like Driving a Fast, Hot Car

Mentoring Millennials

When I was sixteen, I was beyond ecstatic to inherit my parents’ fairly uncool, many-miled, pea-green colored, ’71 Oldsmobile Cutlass. There was nothing “happening” about the mechanical beast, but it represented something far more than the sum of its well-worn parts.

It stood for LIFE “my own way.” I couldn’t wait to drive off in it, and take on my own road, at my own speed.

Millennials, do you ever feel like that?

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Celebrate National Mentoring Month

Mentoring Month

Who Has Mentored YOU?

“Who are the older, wiser, calmer souls who’ve been instrumental in your success? Who’s made your life possible?” – Hal Runkel.

(In the US, in 2002, National Mentoring Month began as a way to promote youth mentoring. Now, all of us, in our business and personal lives, employ January as a specific time to thank our mentors.)

I’ll start this 2017 Mentoring Month by

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This One Action Promises Increased Employee Retention

Employee Retention

You want:
Employee Retention.

Your employees want:

Personal Ascension.
Boredom Prevention.
Career Extension.
They’re thinking, “Offer me these things, then I’ll talk employee retention with you.”

Leaders, if you’re not proactive, what happens? Your treasured employees hop on LinkedIn, post their resumes, and check them every few hours.

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Does Your Employee Engagement Need a Lifeline?

Employee Engagement

3 Mentoring Guide Rails to Keep Them From Jumping Ship

The swelling statistics are in and they are churning up the corporate seas. Employees are jumping ship right and left in pursuit of clearer, fresher waters. Here are a few stats to shed light on what is likely happening in your end of the pool.

Gallup employee retention survey: 68% of employees in the U.S. are DISENGAGED — meaning they are not involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace. They’re idly dogpaddling through…

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Mentoring like Socrates (Yep, the Greek Guy) — 5 Kinds of Questions You Need to Ask Your Mentee

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Ancient History Quiz Question #1:
Q: Who was the way smart philosopher born in Greece, circa 470 B.C., wearer of fashion-forward long robes, unfortunate consumer of hemlock tea, who likely drove his parents to run for the closest carafe of juice of the vine with his constant barrage of questions?

A: You guessed it! Socrates himself.

Besides laying down the fundamentals of Western logic and critical thinking, Socrates had a few memorable mentees in his day, Plato and Xenophon to name a couple of his high pots.

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Mentoring and the Forgotten Power of “With”

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“Would you go with me if we rolled down streets of fire?”
Josh Turner, country singer

“With.”

It’s the simplest little word in the world.

When it comes to mentoring, it is often the most forgotten word in the world.

The word “with” might be short, simple and one of a 150 everyday prepositions in the English language, but it has enormous power to change you and most every relationship you have.

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What Can You Learn from Maya Angelou, “Mentor Extraordinaire?”

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou said, “In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care.”

We lost a powerful voice in the past week when Maya Angelou passed, but her voice will continue on. Ms. Angelou had a life of mentoring and touched the lives of millions who have had joy in reading her works. In the fuller quote below, she speaks to the role of a mentor in her relatable yet eloquent way:

“In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care.

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What is the Real Goal of Mentoring?

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It seems like everyone is thinking about GOALS this past couple of weeks. At least anyone who . . .

has a pulse,
lives anywhere on the planet,
has an interest in a 69.5 centimeter circumference ball that is being kicked madly and passionately all around Brazil.

Hail the World Cup 2014!

And hail the importance of goals.

Ask Chile’s Gonzalo Jaro if goals are important. (His penalty shoot-out kick clanked off the right goal post against Brazil this week. Chile lost out.)

Ask Brazil’s Julio Cesar, the goalkeeper that willed his team to victory in that same matchup. Brazil walked away with the win and advanced to the next round.

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Mentors – Are You an Annoyingly “Good Example?” (btw That’s a Good Thing!)

Mentors

“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.”
– Mark Twain

My grandma used to encourage me to hang around a certain couple of kids in middle school. She felt I needed a good example and boy, was she ever right. Those were the teeter-totter years when a kid could spin off in a wrong direction. Here was a typical late-night conversation around our kitchen table….

Grandma: “Honey, why don’t you spend time with that tall boy, Dan, and that dark-haired girl, Carolyn? They are such nice young kids. That Dan, he’s an excellent example of gentlemanly conduct. And Carolyn, she’s a shining example of a conscientious student. It would be good for you to spend time with friends like that.”

Me: “Because I like Mark and Deb. They are examples . . . in their own way.”

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Could Your #Mentoring Relationship Become “Too Bonding?”

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“It was impossible to get a conversation going.
Everyone was talking too much.”
-Yogi Berra

#Mentor, does your mentee invade your space? Maybe want to be a little too close?

Yesterday my friend was talking to me about “close talkers.” You know who they are – the ones who talk excitedly about six inches from your face, laughing, speaking loudly with sweeping gestures. (Unfortunately, you are forced to experience the cheese and onion enchilada they had for dinner the night before. Too Close!)

What’s your first reaction to this person? I’m guessing it’s taking a jumbo step backwards . . . and quickly!

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Is the Thought of a Mentoring Relationship “Too Baffling?”

Mentoring Relationship

“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”
– Warren Buffett

“Lori, I’m so excited! My company is starting a mentoring program and my boss has asked me to be a mentor.”

Ryan, an up-and-coming 30-something IT analyst, approached me at a recent speaking engagement and couldn’t wait to tell me his good news.

“Really? That’s great, Ryan. Did your management let you know what’s expected of you?”

His brow wrinkled slightly. “Not really, they just said they’d matched me with someone that needed mentoring. She’s just down the hall from me and new to the company.”

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WELCOME

Lori Bachman created The MentorShift Group to equip mentors and mentees with a practical and powerful mentoring system. The system is designed to equip those who use it to, not only flourish in their own mentoring relationships, but to be able to transfer its success to others as well.