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By P. J. ·
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Where can I find a good resource for learning to establish an effective mentoring program? Does anyone have any best practices, ideas, or success stories to share? Thanks!

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by M.Blackburn In reply to Mentoring Best Practices

I worked for a large consulting firm for about 9 years which had implemented a 'formal' mentoring program 4-5 years ago. I was actively involved and have a few pointers:
1. Make it convenient for mentors to meet with their 'mentees(?)' face-to-face.
At times I had 'mentees' who worked in other locations, and phone, e-mail, voice-mail wasn't sufficient.
2. Make sure the mentors have real experience.
The real value is in getting the experience from the mentors further distributed. If a mentor doesn'tactually have the experience, where's the value?
3. Encourage the mentors to share all types of experience.
In my particular experience, I didn't just share the technical consulting experiences, I also shared the practical experiences (e.g., travel tips, expense management).
4. Invest in the mentoring program.
Provide funds for mentors to take their 'mentees' out for events (e.g., dinner, sporting events, etc.)
In a nutshell - provide an environment where willing mentors have a convennient opportunit

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by P. J. In reply to Mentoring Best Practices

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by mfitzharris In reply to Mentoring Best Practices

Dear PJ, check out this article on TechRepublic's site, and see if there's anythng helpful there:
http://www.techrepublic.com/article.jhtml?id=/article/r00619991028maf01.htm It's an article on best practices in retention.

It also refers to earlier articles on retention. If you do a search for coach you'll find several career coach articles, too.

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by IMOfficer In reply to Mentoring Best Practices

Try http://www.mentors.ca

Offers a ton of resources for mentors and mentees as well as resources for establishing a corporate mentoring program.

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by barbara In reply to Mentoring Best Practices

1. Estabish "Setting Up a Successful Mentoring Program" as a specific business objective.
2. Select a start-up mentoring team.
3. Time-limit the mentoring (eg 3-6 mos) to avoid burnout.
4. Set specific mentoring objectives (eg become linux proficient, improve customer service techniques etc). Avoid vague goals.
5. Develop easy,informal methods for regular feedback (eg weekly e-mails)
6. Develop specific ways to foster a supportive atmosphere appropriate to your company's culture (again,be very specific)
7. The end goal is that everyone who is successfully mentored can then become a mentor to someone else.
8. Be sure to give mentors a breather between assignments and have some fun mentoring team meetings to keep up enthusiasm.
9. Have periodic "mentoring reunions" to maintain the professional relationships that were established.

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by katjamcd In reply to Mentoring Best Practices

I am responsible for mentoring a number of project managers of all levels of experience in my organisation and have found the following pointers to be invaluable.
1. Talk to the employee and align their personal goals with the business' requirements of their role.
2. Set key performance indicators.
3. The best way to ensure the employee is learning is the task them appropriately. This means not giving them mission critical assignments to start with.
4. Monitor their progress regularly in accordance with the key performance indicators.
5. Never ever micro manage!
6. Always be available for questions, assistance and issue resolution.
7. Put aside time in your day where you can fulfil the above so your own responsibilities are not adversley afected.
8. If you are manageing a number of mentors, make sure you choose the right people for the job. This is absolutely vital. The qualities I believe are important is a calm, tolerant, diplomatic and non judgemental attitude.
I hope thishelps you form your

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