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Don Cates, 3Rivers Federal Credit Union: A Testimonial

Mentoring has played a role in a couple of different ways. First, as a mentee, I can’t say that I had a lot of formal mentoring relationships, but I have tried to learn something from a lot of different people, whether that’s good or bad, positive or negative. I always try to be cognizant of other folks and how they led,  how that impacted me, how it impacted others and learn from them. As a mentor, I’ve learned and played

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Susan Boyd, Rea Magnet Wire Company: A Testimonial from our Mentor of the Year

I can date my mentoring experience all the way back to when I was getting out of college for the first time in my early 20s. I worked for three gentlemen that owned a real estate company and they allowed me the opportunity to grow and develop within their organizations, starting out as (back then) a typist in the typing pool, believe it or not, and then working my way up and supporting each of the functional areas of property

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The Developing Leaders Program: Bring Employee Engagement to the Next Level

Engage Mentoring’s signature program is our Developing Leaders Program. This is a 12-month cohort-based leadership development program where participants (typically employees) get access to mentors both inside and outside of the company on the basis of topics they want to learn more about. Prior to starting the program, will complete a pre-assessment that determines their unique skills and abilities and what areas would be most helpful to them. Each quarter participants select a topic, and a mentor to work with,

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Diversity, Equity, and Mentoring: Make Them Part of Your Inclusion Strategy

The basis for any great diversity development strategy should include the inclusion aspect of what the organization is doing to make sure all employees feel supported, developed, and have access to critical relationships. Many times diversity programs start with a developing resource group to support employees, communicating that diversity is a priority for the employer. However, absent any sort of a mentoring structure, often, diverse talent is twice as likely to leave an organization because they don’t see people who

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Inspiration from “Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” For Your Mentoring Conversations

“Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” was first published in 2013 and later rereleased in 2016. It covers a journey of discovery for people who would read it to really reflect on not only their own personal story and where they’ve overcome challenges and setbacks in life but really creating a foundation for the types of conversations you might have with a mentor. Some of the topics contained include overcoming failure, identifying your core values, developing grit and consistency, and really

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Hallmarks of a Great Mentoring Program

Mentoring needs structure and clarity. When a company does not have a structure for their mentoring program, they lack clarity and fail to get consistent outcomes. Companies that rely on mentoring to take place organically miss the opportunity to really measure and track outcomes and build the bench effectively. In addition, diverse employees are often left out of the hierarchy and are twice as likely to leave as a result. Without a process for ensuring access to relationships (inclusion), those

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How to Make Your Mentoring Program Successful: Part 2

What you need in a good mentoring program is somebody who tactically understands what metrics we are driving towards and is responsible for the outcomes related to those. For us, an ambassador is simply somebody who is administering the program. But we have done the hard work of making sure we have leadership buy-in, and a vision developed for them to execute. You don’t necessarily have to have multiple ambassadors, but it certainly helps if there’s manager involvement in making

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Jill Hauck Joins Engage Mentoring as Indiana Market Leader

Engage Mentoring is proud to announce and welcome Jill Hauck as the Indiana Market Leader, starting December 7, 2020. Jill will be responsible for growing the Engage Mentoring program in Indiana that is sponsored by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce as well as raising visibility and awareness for the statewide program. Jill is joining us from Formstack, LLC  where she served as Senior Enterprise Account Executive. Jill comes to us with over 20 years of solution based selling and a

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Why Most Mentoring Programs Don’t Work: Part 1

Most mentoring programs fail because companies fail to take into account the clarity around matching mentor and mentee in terms of what the goals are and how to track outcomes. Leadership Mindset For any good mentoring program to work, there really needs to be buy-in from the top leadership and adoption at all levels. Philosophically, a culture that supports learning and development and the sharing of information within that organization is the best platform to work with. What we talk

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Leaders Who Inspire Lead to a Shift in Culture

It’s no surprise that great leaders inspire their people to want to mentor by demonstrating that themselves. We find that our most successful programs really come from the top where we have the CEO or the top leader actively participating in our mentoring programs. That is where we see the greatest adoption and the same holds true for inspiring people to mentor and to pour into others. It certainly makes sense that it is the Chief Executive Officer who sets

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