Archive for mentoring SmartBlogs

Research into why some people make it into executive leadership, and some people don’t, has illuminated an interesting phenomenon. It turns that that while mentors talk to you, helping you work more effectively in the corporate culture, sponsors talk about you in positive ways — mentioning you for a plum job behind closed doors or pointing out great work you did to a person who can help you advance.[…] Continue Reading »

Of course you’re already a good boss, or you wouldn’t be reading this article. You may even be a great boss. But how do you stay at the top of your game? You do it by modeling great boss behavior on a daily basis.

Of course, you don’t get up every morning, look at that face in the mirror, and proclaim, “I’m going to be a great boss today.” Instead, you spend a little time on introspection and make some key personal decisions.[…] Continue Reading »

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 »