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Are you measuring up or simply not measuring?

Posted on: September 26th, 2012 by Mentoring Matters Blog presented by How To Mentor Toolkit No Comments

And yet, when it comes to mentoring program results, measurement frequently gets put on the back burner. How is that possible?  Why is it that mentoring measurement is so easily dismissed?

Many organizations claim that it is a matter of time (“it isn’t the right time to measure”). We hear comments like, “our people are surveyed to death.” Or, “we are waiting until our program is up and running and then we’ll find the time to do it.” Or, “this just isn’t a convenient time. There are so many other organizational priorities we are dealing with right now.” Or, how about, “we want to get it right before we go out and measure it.” Do any of these comments sound familiar? If measuring your mentoring success is not your strong suit here are some suggestions for strengthening your efforts.

Ensure that results will be measured!

  • Plan your measurement process at the same time and with the same intentionality as your mentoring initiative.
  • The methods of measurement, data collection procedures (both qualitative and quantitative), data analysis treatments, and dissemination of results should be detailed as part of the planning process.

Consider the following questions:

  • What do you want to measure?
  • What are your criteria for measuring success?
  • How will you go about measuring success?
  • What baseline data do you already have in place?
  • What additional data will you need to measure success?
  • How will you go about obtaining these data?
  • What will you do with the data once you get it?
  • Who will be responsible for gathering, analyzing, and interpreting the data?
  • How will results be distributed?

If what gets measured gets done and you are running a mentoring program, you need to get busy. Senior management needs to see results. Sometimes, data speaks louder than words.

Mentoring Training: Why It’s Necessary

Posted on: September 12th, 2012 by Management Mentors presented by How To Mentor Toolkit No Comments

Some companies put mentoring pairs together but provide them with no training whatsoever. Other companies are a little bit more professional and will train the mentors but not the mentorees. Both of those companies are undermining their efforts in mentoring by not providing both mentors and mentorees with the knowledge they need to create and sustain an effective mentoring relationship. 

There are two critical components when training mentoring participants of a mentoring program:

1. The first critical component is training mentoring participants in HOW to take part in a mentoring relationship. This is different from coaching training or communication skills training.

2.  The second critical component in mentoring training is the CONTENT of the training. The content of mentoring training should be focused on creating an effective relationship. This includes discussing the role of expectations within the relationship; the boundaries of the participants (mentor, mentoree, mentoring program manager); and the specific ground rules of how the relationship will operate (frequency of meetings, etc.).

A well developed professional mentoring program will train mentors, mentorees, and mentoring program managers on their role within the relationship and will also provide the type of training that is mentoring focused.

For more information on mentoring training, check out Mentoring Success: Maximizing Your Mentoring Experience. Mentoring Success introduces mentoring program managers, mentors and mentorees to crucial mentoring skills and key concepts of corporate mentoring programs. And of course, as always, please feel free to contact us with any additional questions you may have about mentoring or mentoring training. 


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Posted on: September 4th, 2012 by News presented by How to Mentor No Comments