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If there is one ingredient in the recipe for a successful transition to civilian life that I could recommend, it would be to find and work with a mentor.

The simple definition of a mentor is “an experienced, trusted advisor”.  Such a small definition, to what amounts to be a life changing and important tool in succeeding in your transition into the civilian world and the next chapter of your career.

August 3, 2017

This month, we focus on the contributions women have made, including in medicine, law, business, and literature.

But we must do more than recognize these contributions. We must acknowledge that, at least in the business world, the talent women offer is grossly under-utilized and painfully undervalued.

March 14, 2017
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Last month, a study on gender and leadership conducted jointly by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. was published.  Accordingly to the study, women account for only 19 percent of the C-suite executives (based on responses from 132 companies).
 
October 18, 2016

 

I have had a mentor for nearly 20 years and, while I moved nearly 1,000 miles away from him about two years into our mentoring relationship, we continued.

We didn’t do this by flying back and forth; we used collaborative technology.

August 26, 2016

On August 24, @shrmnextchat chatted with SHRM Young Professional Council members Jillian Caswell and Dan Cross about A New Mindset for Mentorship.

In case you missed this amazing chat that explored new ideas for mentorship in the new world of work, you can read all the great tweets here:

 

August 24, 2016

           

           

 

August 22, 2016

       
 

Almost everyone recognizes how important mentoring is.  I don’t know anyone who is successful who did not have at least one good mentor. I  know I am grateful for mine.

Similarly, I don’t know any good leaders who don’t mentor to some degree.  It is more than a mark of a good leader; the mentoring makes the leader stronger by what he or she learns from the mentee.

August 1, 2016

 

This past week I had a very cool experience !! I was one of the judges for the SHRM Student Case Study competition. I sat with two other great HR pros from the area as we heard graduate students from various schools give their take on an HR scenario. It was very cool to hear their approaches which ranged from a traditional HR viewpoint to some that were extremely creative.

May 7, 2015

 

One of the biggest keys to success in any career is mentorship.  Research over the last 30 years suggests that finding the right mentor can serve as a true lever for career success.  In HR, the role of mentoring can be absolutely pivotal in preventing faux pas and learning the virtues of leadership and navigation, a core competency.  Each time I think of mentorship I recall the impact my mentors have had and key incidents where I learned the most. 

April 28, 2015
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The finding crops up repeatedly in studies and surveys: Women aren’t getting the mentoring that might help them succeed at work. 
 
The question is: Why not? 
 
Lack of time, mentors’ fear they don’t have enough expertise, and mentees’ reluctance to ask to be taken under senior women’s wings were among the reasons outlined in a March 2014 paper from Development Dimensions International (DDI), a Pennsylvania-based global human resources consulting firm. 
 
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April 14, 2014

One of the books that I find myself recommending a lot is Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie. It is a wonderfully written book touching on organizational culture, authenticity, courage, creativity, expression and other related issues. One of the stories in the book has always stuck with me, since the first time I read it.

October 15, 2013

On September 11, @weknownext chatted with special guests Jonathan Segal (@jonathan_hr_law) and Sue Meisinger (@suemeisinger) about Where Have All the Mentors Gone.

In case you missed it, here are all of the great tweets from the chat...

 

September 11, 2013

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?

September 7, 2013

A players, B players... green, yellow, and red.   Every organization has a system for rating their employees.  Right or wrong, these systems can affect employee engagement, productivity and retention. 

April 5, 2013

With changing cultural trends, the rise of the knowledge worker, and technology-catalyzed speed of ramp-up, we're seeing more and more examples of younger leaders, managing folks older than them. This was once unheard of. Tenure, not tenacity, once trumped all. Not anymore.

Why build your “fan base?” A village to raise a child, a world to make that child a success.

I'm a sucker for the storyline in which a single man or woman rises up above all odds, then gets to bask in the sweet glory of showing up those who doubted them.

February 4, 2013

GenY wants to run the world and there is nothing wrong with that. Baby Boomers and GenXers need to be willing to step up and mentor this group. For 2013, I boldly predict the generations will come together and get this right.

December 10, 2012

In last month’s blog, we discussed the importance of providing skilled coaching during experiential learning activities to produce desired developmental results.  It is essentially an insurance policy for making experiential learning successful.  Since these activities typically involve a high degree of personal and organizational investment of time and resources, their design is critical for return on investment.  So let’s examine how to structure coaching throughout these experiences.

November 5, 2012

Forbes published an article in August 2012 entitled "Three Incredibly Simple Questions the Most Successful People Use to Change the World" written by Mike Maddock.

Of course I was intrigued. In this day of 140-character tweets, drive-through windows, and instant text messages, I knew the answer would be brilliant in its robust simplicity. And I was not disappointed.

3 Simple Questions to Change the World:

October 8, 2012