Wisdom Share Mentoring Blog

The Composite Mentor

Posted by Bob Gibson on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 03:24 PM


One approach to finding a mentor is to have a “composite mentor.” If you can’t find one person who embodies everything you want, but a few who each embody one of the characteristics you want, build a composite mentor out of them.

That’s what Cary Grant did. He was considered one of Hollywood’s classic leading men, but he came from very humble beginnings. He was born in England as Archibald Alexander Leach, was orphaned at an early age, had no education to speak of, and joined a vaudeville troupe in his teens.

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Topics: mentor, Mentoring Best Practices

Mentors Aren't Perfect

Posted by Bob Gibson on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 @ 11:49 AM


You’re trying to find a mentor—the perfect mentor. The problem is, many people you admire or think highly of have some flaw, some trait that turns you off.

 And guess what: that’s normal. People aren’t perfect. We ourselves aren’t perfect, yet we look for perfect mentors.

 Here’s the good news: your mentors don’t have to be perfect any more than you have to be perfect. They need to be accomplished in the area in which you seek their mentoring, and the two of you need to be compatible.

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LinkedIn Series: The Mentor Who Shaped Me

Posted by Kim Wise on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 03:40 PM


For all of you that are members on LinkedIn, they are doing a great series right now where they ask the world's most successful professionals to share how they got their start and who they have to thank for their success.   Hundreds of real-life professionals are also posting their stories about their mentors and the gratitude they still harbor for these people that influenced their lives.

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Corrie Pelc on Workplace Mentoring and the Benefits of Implementing an Online Program

Posted by Cindi Frame on Mon, Feb 02, 2015 @ 10:49 AM


Corrie Pelc writes in an article for SkilledUp, "If you find you have been struggling with organizing your company program or ensuring your employees find the best mentor match, today’s online-based mentoring software solutions may be able to help you take your program to the next level."   

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"Grown Men Need Mentorship Too" - a Conversation with Dale Vaughan

Posted by Kim Wise on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 @ 01:18 PM

I had the privilege of talking to Dale Thomas Vaughan, aka Mr. Mentoring. Dale has spent a decade leading men's workshops for males looking to go from adrift to purposeful.  He is founder of the EmpowerMentorship Institute.

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Topics: Mentoring, mentoring and men, mentorship and men

Gallup Research Shows Mentoring Creates Productive Employees

Posted by Kim Wise on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 @ 11:58 AM

What does it take to create happy, long-term, productive employees? Why isn't education enough?  A recent Gallup study shows that graduates who had a mentor or professor who cared about them and encouraged their goals and dreams were twice as likely to be engaged with their work.

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Topics: mentoring and bottom line, Mentoring, mentoring research, mentor research, roi of mentoring, Mentoring in Higher Education, mentoring in universities

Distance Mentoring: How to Optimize your Connections

Posted by Kim Wise on Mon, May 05, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

Before the Internet and the advent of mentoring software, it was difficult to connect people from different parts of the world in truly meaningful mentoring relationships.  Now organizations can optimize learning without the constraint of geography.  Administrators and participants need to be thoughtful about these long distance relationships to ensure maximum success.


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Topics: mentor program, global mentoring, global mentor program, employee mentoring, virtual mentoring

Mentoring Software – Is it Worth It?

Posted by Cindi Frame on Tue, Nov 05, 2013 @ 12:36 PM

I am sure that many of you are trying to determine if it’s worth it to bite the bullet and invest in mentoring software versus continuing to do it manually.   It might seem expensive as well as time consuming to get it launched, but I can assure you that in the long run mentoring or learning software is a more effective solution in terms of both costs and benefits.

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Topics: mentoring programs, mentoring software, mentor program software, mentoring program, mentoring metrics, mentor software, Mentoring, mentoring tools, online mentoring, web-based mentoring

Women and Mentoring

Posted by Kim Wise on Mon, May 06, 2013 @ 10:55 AM

The whole idea of women and mentoring has been to make progress in the effort to break the glass ceiling, to get women into the upper echelons of business management. It has been a team effort to stand up for our tribe and to make a difference for our daughters.

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Topics: diversity, mentor program, women and mentoring, gender diversity

When Mentoring is like a Bad Blind Date

Posted by Kim Wise on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 @ 06:32 AM

Is Poor Mentor Matching Like a Bad Blind Date?


You match partners thinking they'll be perfect but then the partnership fails and you don't know why. I can't tell you how many people we talk to think their people didn't care about having mentors when really it was the programs reputation of poor matching that crashed it before it even got started.  It is a painful thought to consider enduring a bad blind date for a year, but that can be the outcome of poor matching. People cannot endure them so they simply don't meet.

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Topics: leadership development, Employee Engagement, Learning, mentor matching, mentor program, social learning, Reverse Mentoring

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