Reverse Mentoring

by Rik Nemanick, Ph.D. January is National Mentoring Month. It is a great time for you to reflect on what roles mentors have played in your career and your life as well as think about how you can “pay it forward” and share mentoring with someone else. Mentoring is typically thought of as a one-way process, which primarily benefits the protégé. However, mentors often benefit from their partnerships, with many mentors learning from a protégé’s experience and perspective. If you are serving as a mentor right now, reflect on what you have learned from your protégé and recognize the “reverse”...
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The Mentors Way Rule #6: Foster Accountability

by Rik Nemanick, Ph.D. This post is the sixth in the series The Mentor’s Way, a set of guides for mentors who want to bring out the best in others. Up until this point, most of the Rules of Mentoring have focused on building trust with a protégé and exploring Hands, Head, and Heart issues. As you saw in the last post (Rule #5: Balance Empathy and Action), the power of mentoring is realized when the protégé begins to take action based on the mentoring conversations. This step, however, can be a stumbling block for many protégés, as the challenges they are...
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Interview on Mentoring Programs

Rik was featured in a recent radio interview with our colleague, Les Landes of Landes & Associates, talking about how organizations can grow their social capital and engage their employees more effectively through well-designed mentoring programs. You can hear the interview here, or you can download a podcast directly in iTunes by following this link.

The Mentor’s Way Rule #5: Balance Empathy and Action

By Rik Nemanick, Ph.D. This post is the fifth in the series The Mentor’s Way, a set of guides for mentors who want to bring out the best in others. As trust grows between a mentor and a protégé, the mentor will notice a change in the types of issues the protégé wants to discuss. The issues often become more complex, demanding, or recurring. Because of their more challenging nature, they usually also are more emotionally charged. In fact, this change is often a signal to a mentor that trust has built to the point that the protégé feels comfortable brining these...
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