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Virtual Mentoring in a Time of Pandemic

Now more than ever, the need to provide employees with access to mentoring relationships is critical.  As COVID-19 has cast a shadow of doubt and uncertainty in workplaces today, it is easy to bury our heads in the sand or move into crisis management mode and overlook the most critical needs of our employees. As most of the country is under quarantine, employees are now working remotely and in isolation.  This can be a very lonely and uncertain time for

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Engage Mentoring: Providing Cross-Company Mentoring to Employees and Building Their Skills

Engage Mentoring was featured on a podcast with Michael Kelly from Startup Competitors. I enjoyed sharing why mentoring is so important, addressing the concerns of poaching and confidentiality when mentoring is applied across many companies. Stay tuned as I also share what I am learning now, and the coming challenges for Engage Mentoring. Read the transcript below or listen to the full podcast HERE.   Topics in this episode Measuring the success of a mentoring relationship Employee engagement and retention

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Interview with a Leader: Engage Mentoring LIVE Featuring Don Cates

Each quarter, we conduct an Engage Mentoring LIVE event featuring successful leaders across the country sharing their perspective on leadership and mentoring. I had the great pleasure of interviewing Don Cates for our recent Engage Mentoring LIVE session. Don Cates is the President and CEO of 3Rivers Federal Credit Union. 3Rivers started in 1935 and has assets of $1.2Billion, 83,000 members and 350 Team3 employees located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 3Rivers is nationally recognized for its financial performance and workplace

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Employee Volunteer Programs as a Strategy to Retain Talent

Each quarter, the Engage Mentoring Executive Talent Roundtables meet and have a focused discussion on a topic related to attracting, retaining, and developing talent. At our recent Engage Mentoring Executive Talent Roundtable meeting, the focus topic was on creating employee volunteer programs and the impact on talent attraction and retention. To prepare for the discussion, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Craig Smaagard, RVP at Thrivent Financial and Founder of Activate Indy. Some of the topics we discussed

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Why Love, Service, and Leadership Go Hand in Hand | Marcia Barnes

Marcia Barnes (@HoosierMarketer), CEO of Valve+Meter, knows the importance of building relationships in the workplace, and she believes loving and serving our people is the key to unlocking strong relationships. At Valve+Meter, Marcia and her team define love as acting in the long-term best interest of another. In this episode of Gut Plus Science, you’ll hear why the performance marketing company uses love as a core value in business. How can you build trust with your people in order to

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Playing the Great Game of Business | Rich Armstrong

Rich Armstrong is the President of The Great Game of Business, a division of Springfield Remanufacturing Corp. (SRC) – the pioneers of open-book management and business gamification. SRC developed these concepts back in 1983 when a group of managers at the small International Harvester facility purchased the factory in the worst-leveraged buy-out in corporate history. Facing $8.9 million in debt, CEO Jack Stack wanted to help employees appreciate the financial situation without feeling overwhelmed, so he simplified business concepts into

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Interview with a Leader: Engage Mentoring LIVE—Featuring Mike Baer

Each quarter, Engage Mentoring conducts a LIVE event featuring successful leaders across the country who share their perspective on leadership and mentoring. Recently, I, Alison Martin, had the great pleasure of interviewing Mike Baer, Chief People Development Officer with EmployBridge, for our Engage Mentoring LIVE session. In his role as Chief People Development Officer for the largest industrial staffing company in the U.S., Mike Baer helps build EmployBridge’s reputation as an employer of choice by attracting, retaining, and developing the

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Indianapolis Companies: Engage Your Employees Through Volunteerism

Each quarter, the Engage Mentoring Executive Talent Roundtables meet and have a focused discussion on a topic related to attracting, retaining, and developing talent. At our upcoming Engage Mentoring Executive Talent Roundtable, in Indianapolis, the focus topic will be Improving Employee Engagement Through Structured Volunteerism. To prepare for the discussion, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Craig Smaagard, Regional Vice President for Thrivent Financial, and founder of Activate Indy. Some of the topics we discussed include the importance

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Interview with a Leader: Engage Mentoring LIVE, Featuring Pamela Morris-Thornton

Each quarter, we conduct an Engage Mentoring LIVE event, featuring successful leaders across the country who share their perspective on leadership and mentoring. I had the great pleasure of interviewing Pamela Morris-Thornton for our first Engage Mentoring LIVE session. Pamela Morris-Thornton, a St. Louis native, is Vice President, Corporate Human Resources, for Panera LLC. She leads the HR Business Partner function, Talent Acquisition and Diversity, and Inclusion Strategy and Initiatives. She has 20+ years of progressive human resources experience in

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Addressing Unconscious Bias to Better Attract, Retain, and Develop Talent

Each quarter, the Engage Mentoring Executive Talent Roundtable meets and has a focused discussion on a topic related to attracting, retaining, and developing talent. At our upcoming Engage Mentoring Executive Talent Roundtable, the focus topic will be addressing unconscious bias as part of a disability and inclusion strategy and the impact on talent attraction and retention. To prepare for the discussion, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Amy Waninger, Founder and CEO of Lead at Any Level, LLC.

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