#Nextchat: Where Have All the Mentors Gone?

Where have all the mentors gone? Long time passing.

Where have all the mentors gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the mentors gone?

Long time ago

Where have all the mentors gone?

Favored few have picked everyone

When will we every learn?

When will we ever learn?

If each of us is honest, we know mentoring played a role in however we define success.  Many of us think of our mentors as like family members.

We see less formal and informal mentoring now than we did in the past.  This is problematic because mentoring today is so important for tomorrow’s leaders.

Why less mentoring?  Three (3) reasons:

Formal mentoring programs cost money.  Have any of you been given a blank check of recent?

Then, there is time.  We all are stretched out of our minds.  Who has time to give more when you are just trying to survive?

Finally, there are fears of the legal risks.  Can I really keep a mentoring relationship strictly professional?  And, if not, am I potentially walking into a discrimination claim if issues arise such as family planning?

We need to find ways to make sure mentoring happens even with these obstacles.  The business needs command it.

The tweet chat will talk about the various aspects of mentoring with a focus on ways to make mentoring happen, even with the obstacles.


Please join @weknownext at 3 p.m. ET on Sept. 11 for #Nextchat with Jonathan Segal (@Jonathan_HR_Law) and Sue Meisinger (@SueMeisinger).  We’ll talk about the various aspects of mentoring with a focus how to make mentoring happen, even with the obstacles.  We’ll also talk about cross-gender mentoring and “like me” bias which often results in men getting a competitive advantage. 

Q1. How do you define mentoring?
Q2. What personal attributes does it take to be a good mentor or what do you admire most in those who have mentored you?
Q3. Do you believe there has been a decline in mentoring? If so, why?
Q4. What are the risks in formal mentoring programs that match people based on gender, race, etc.?
Q5. What are the benefits of cross-EEO mentoring—women mentoring men or men mentoring women?
Q6. How do you find a mentor if you don’t have one?
Q7. What can we do as organizations to overcome the obstacles to mentoring?

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