Archive for mentoring SmartBlogs

For years, mentoring has been how many companies and professional associations have hoped to close the leadership gender gap, in which women barely achieve 20% of the C-suite slots and a smaller percentage at the board level despite being half the entry-level workforce. Every leader points to mentors along the way as key to their success, so this focus on mentoring for women makes sense — or does it?[…] Continue Reading »

He thinks he’s ready to be promoted. You don’t. You don’t want to crush his spirits, but he’s not listening. He blames you, the system, politics and that crazy project you gave him last year. He’s a strong performer and a vital member of your team. You know he’ll get there, but only if he listens.

Tell the truth without crushing his soul.[…] Continue Reading »

The human capital development strategy of mentorship is getting a lot of attention these days. From books to boardrooms, everyone is trying to crack the code and tap its potential and power.

Mentors have the ability to accelerate the growth of others through their generous sharing of their perspectives, time, insights, coaching and experience. Is this a selfless act of service?[…] Continue Reading »

Having a well-placed, successful mentor can be the difference between success and failure on the leadership track, but it is definitely more an art than a science for the mentor and the mentee.

I recently started hosting a radio show interviewing CEOs of small and mid-sized companies. One question that leaders love to talk about is “tell us about your mentors.” It turns out that very few make it to the top without mentors.[…] Continue Reading »

We spend so much time in the workplace that relationships are bound to develop — friendly, romantic and problematic. I recently asked Emily Bennington about what professionals should know about office relationships and how to navigate them. Bennington is author of “Who Says It’s a Man’s World: The Girls’ Guide to Corporate Domination” and the founder of AWAKE EXEC mindful leadership coaching for women.[…] Continue Reading »