Web Worthy: A Weekly Mentoring Roundup (July 3 - July 9)

“Our society recognizes the value of education, but there are few educational opportunities for entrepreneurs that speak directly to their unique needs  (ie: all the intangible skills it takes to run a business, like reading people in a meeting, negotiating and weeding through different people and talents to find just the right one). Mentoring is the closest thing we have, and it’s as important today as ever.” - Lewis Schiff, "How Mentoring Augments the Entrepreneurial Journey"



Web Worthy: A Weekly Mentoring Roundup (June 12 - 18)

MentorCloud's Web Worthy series is a curated list of the best mentoring articles and stories from the past week. Check in every Thursday for inspiration, guidance, and practical advice on everything related to mentoring! 

The Takeaway: 

  • What 'Star Wars' can teach you about the importance of mentorship by Erin Ganju via Fortune Magazine 
    • “…it is essential for female leaders to offer guidance to promising young women and girls on paths that traditionally have been closed to them.”
  • For women in computer science, a little mentoring goes a long way by Jeb Sharp via Public Radio International (PRI) 
    • “Without having mentors at an authoritative level saying, ‘You deserve this sort of experience; you should apply for this program, because you’re strong enough; those are the sorts of things I wouldn’t necessarily have done without a strong mentoring voice to push me.”
  • Resource Management: Organisations salvage bad hiring calls through training, mentoring via The Economic Times
    • “At Deloitte, managers are assigned to help fresh recruits navigate the career traps of under-performance. Career mentors are also provided for insights into the industry and work functions.”
  • Mentoring promoted by Greg Ellis via Illawarra Mercury
    • “Ms. Wren spoke of the recognition as a leader that came with being a mentor, the exposure to prospective young leaders, ideas and approaches and the opportunity it gave to reflect on your own goals and practices.”
  • Hey Scientist, Who Are You Mentoring this Summer?  by Shari Werb via Smithsonian Magazine
    • “Young people need personal connections and experiences that help them turn an interest in math or biology into a lifetime of fulfilling and rewarding work.”



Web Worthy: A Weekly Mentoring Roundup (June 5 - 11)

MentorCloud's Web Worthy series is a curated list of the best mentoring articles and stories from the past week. Check in every Thursday for inspiration, guidance, and practical advice on everything related to mentoring! 

The Takeaway: 

  • Before They Go: Mentoring and the Exiting Employee by Randy Emelo via ATD (Association for Talent Development) 
    • “Trust me, you want to capture what these people know before they leave. If employers explicitly give these exiting workers permission to use their time giving back in this way, they will have ample opportunity to share what they know with their colleagues.”
  • In a first, Bengaluru startups on Airbus radar for mentoring business ideas under BizLabs  by Anirban Chowdhury via Economic Times 
    • “The initiative is part of Airbus' business accelerator programme called BizLabs, under which the company will select business ideas from across the world and mentor companies that are giving them. Till now, it has only scouted for ideas within the group. The only level where it has engaged with other companies is for supply of plane parts or technology.”
  • Good mentors come in many forms via The Boston Globe
    • “To exploit your opportunities to grow and move ahead in work and life, the best bet will always be to take matters into your own hands and seek out the people who can help you.”
  • Los Angeles-Orange County area is 4th in the nation for business startups, survey shows by Lauren Williams via The Orange County Register
    • “Alexander attributes the region’s strength in creating new businesses to a recent infusion of capital and business-to-business mentorship – two key ingredients in fostering a strong startup culture.”
  • 10 startups get seed money, mentoring from Techstars in Detroit by Tom Henderson via Crain’s Detroit Business
    • “In addition to mentoring, the companies get help revising their business plans, coaching on how to make elevator pitches for further funding and executive recruiting.”



7 Trends in Employee Engagement and What Role Mentoring Plays


Happy Monday! Today we welcome guest blogger, leadership coach, and employee engagement expert Luis Velasquez to share his knowledge on the importance of mentoring.

Employee engagement is a hot topic in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace. Workforces are more fluid, which means companies are having a harder time attracting and retaining talented employees. Mentoring is one method that can tip the scales on employee engagement by fostering lasting relationships among employees, promoting career development, and facilitating the transfer of knowledge within a company. These principles are not a new concept though; in a 2005 report, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) identified several trends that are likely to have a significant impact on employee engagement. Listed below are the seven trends identified in the report and how mentoring addresses each one of them.

Trend #1: Employee-employer relationship evolving/changing INto partnerships.  

How mentoring can help: Companies can take advantage of growing partnerships in the workplace by providing and encouraging mentor-mentee relationships. As employees turn to their mentors for advice, they make fewer mistakes on the job, cutting losses to the employer. Employees in mentoring relationships tend to have greater job satisfaction as well, which can mean a more positive work environment and a higher level of employee engagement.

Trend #2: Increased demand for work/life balance.  

How mentoring can help: Mentors are invaluable resources to employees struggling to balance demanding careers with quality of life. They can offer perspective and suggest strategies derived from their own struggles. Work-life balance is of course a highly personal issue, and one person’s solution may not be the same as another’s. But by offering their support and guidance, mentors can inspire mentees to create their own balance, thus allowing them to become more efficient with their time and less bogged down by stress. A fulfilling career balanced with quality of life increases productivity and employee engagement. 

Trend #3: HR’s greater role in promoting the link between employee performance and its impact on business goals.  

How mentoring can help: Mentoring promotes higher performance, and a high-performing workforce leads directly to increased achievement of company goals. On a managerial level, statistics show that mentoring can increase managerial productivity by 88% when managers are involved in a corporate mentorship program, as compared to only a 24% increase when managers received only training but no mentorship. (Source - ASTD). You can’t argue with sound metrics. HR has a vested interest in using mentoring to leverage the connection between employee performance and business goals.

Trend #4: Increasing focus on selective retention for keeping mission-critical talent.  

How mentoring can help: Employee retention is one of the biggest challenges facing companies today. Failure to build employee loyalty amongst top performers can become a ticking time bomb as external and internal forces work to pry your most valued resources loose. Research into the positive impact of mentoring on employee retention is consistent internationally. Mentoring fosters important working relationships and gives employees a sense of belonging, both important factors that motivate employees to stay with a company. This feeling of belonging promotes an emotional connection with the company, which in turn increases employee engagement.  

Trend #5: Work intensification as employers increase productivity with fewer employees and resources.  

How mentoring can help: Mentoring provides for the transfer and exchange of knowledge between mentor and mentee, spreading resources across the company and employees, so no expertise is wasted. The relationship is symbiotic, with both mentors and mentees learning from each other. This ultimately increases productivity, since you are no longer wasting resources on managing turnover. Instead, you are matching both incoming and existing employees with effective mentors who can better position them for success. The second component of employee engagement is increasing discretionary effort, or the amount of effort an employee chooses to give above and beyond what is required of him/her. Acquiring knowledge through mentoring and applying that knowledge to their current job will not only increase employee output, but will also increase their level of discretionary effort.

Trend #6: Acquiring and keeping key talent reemerging as top issues of concern.

How mentoring can help: In 2006, Sun Microsystems revealed that corporate mentors were promoted six times more often than those not in the corporate mentorship program, while mentees were promoted five times more than their non-mentored counterparts (source). With smart and talent employees being drawn in all different directions, a structured mentoring program aimed at employee development is something that companies can use to encourage employees to stick around. The promise of expert counsel, further career development, and upward movement within the company will motivate employees to put forth their best effort, and as a result will improve both employee retention and engagement.

Trend #7: Decline in traditional communication methods and increase in cyber communication.  

How mentoring can help: With virtual communication becoming more and more prevalent, the transition from traditional, face-to-face mentoring to online mentoring is a natural progression. MentorCloud’s cloud-based solution breaks down traditional geographic barriers and brings subject-matter experts, mentors, mentees, and peers from around the globe closer than they’ve ever been before. Mentees can now enter a mentoring relationship with the confidence that they are being matched with top experts in their chosen field, especially suited for helping them reach their career goals.  

It’s clear that mentoring is a logical solution to all seven trends impacting the future of employee engagement. Employees who have the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals are much more likely to take a deeper interest in their own development, and in turn, the contributions they make to their company. If you want to drive employee engagement within your organization, start building a strong mentoring program that matches mentors and mentees, experts and learners, and watch the transformation unfold. 

Luis Velasquez is a leadership coach, employee engagement expert, and management trainer. Go to to learn more about Luis and how you can take success to the next level. 



Web Worthy: This Week's Mentoring Roundup Series

MentorCloud's Web Worthy series is a curated list of the best mentoring articles and stories from the past week. Check in every Thursday for inspiration, guidance, and practical advice on everything related to mentoring! 

The Takeaway: 

How a mentor helps you find the better version of yourself by Stacia Pierce via Fortune

  • "A good mentor will give you guidance, but also hold you accountable for your successes and failures. Accountability is the best inspiration because it keeps you working at a higher level–you won’t want to disappoint yourself or your mentor."

Life After Mentorship by Kate Everson via Chief Learning Officer

  • "Participants in mentorships have to recognize when the relationship is dying and transition smoothly into its afterlife. Not only does this help mentors and mentees move on to other experiences, but it also keeps an organization from fostering dependent employees."

51 Set to Graduate from Judge Judy's Her Honor Mentoring Program by Alfred Branch via White Plains Patch

  • “ 'It is my profound wish that having had the experience of Her Honor Mentoring will help these fine young women become the heroes of their own stories,' ” said Judge Sheindlin in a statement."

Mentoring for Productivity by Randy Emelo via Association for Talent Development

  • "Savvy organizations have started using mentoring as a productivity tool, going well beyond its traditional role as a personal development tool geared toward career moves and career advancement."

Why Boomers Make The Best Mentors by John Tarnoff via Huffington Post The Blog

  • "We've seen success work from many angles, so our wisdom helps us tailor our mentorship in the most appropriate and effective way, ensuring a more resonant and enduring experience for our mentee."




Need Fulfillment: Mentorship Where It's Needed Most

Everyone can benefit from a mentor's guidance, no matter what role they hold at work. A mentor's goal is to help mentees get from where they are to where they want to be, and this applies to all stages of the career path. That being said, there are a few specific scenarios in which a mentor would have the most positive impact on a mentee's happiness and success.

First Job

Young, would-be professionals just starting out in business are sometimes the best-suited candidates for mentorship. Their minds are fresh and eager to learn. They’re full of ideas about what they want to do, skills and knowledge acquired from their studies, and a sturdy enthusiasm to make a name for themselves. A mentor paired with one of these promising individuals is the ultimate guide. Their years spent gaining knowledge and fine-tuning their careers is a special gift to someone trying to learn the ropes and gain some insight about which direction their career will go.

New Company

Like brand new employees in many ways, these individuals are trying to find their way. They may be plagued by uncertainty and, in the beginning, are just trying to find their place in the company and fit in among their new colleagues. An effective mentor, especially one from within the company, can ease the transition for someone in this scenario. They already know the hierarchy within the company, the lines of communication, and who is responsible for what. Mentors can introduce policies and procedures to new employees, but even more than that, they can help them find a path to advancement.

Premature Promotion

Despite all good intentions, some employees are promoted before they are ready. They may have all the superior skills necessary to master their current roles, but lack the finesse an upward transition requires. If they’re advanced to management without any management skills, they may flounder. Here is where a mentor can serve as a confidant and much-needed source of support. They can show the employee how to apply their strengths to the demands of a new position and how to improve on their weaknesses. They can also provide insight on challenges they faced in similar transitions and give examples of how they were successful.

At-Risk Employee

There’s no question that companies of all sizes and cultures are having a hard time keeping employees engaged. It’s becoming more and more common for individuals to have multiple employers listed on their resumes, their work history serving as a virtual roadmap of discontent. Employees don’t always know what they’re looking for; they just know they aren’t finding it in their current role, so they start seeking fulfillment elsewhere. Mentors can help these employees pinpoint what they’re looking for in a job and employer, as well as help them determine how they might find those within their current company. They can connect them with the right people who can get them the training they need to get to where they want to be. 

If you fit into any of these scenarios, or you have employees who do, think about seeking mentorship. They're the ones best suited to help you overcome barriers and realize your career goals. 

If this post resonated with you, check with your organization to see whether you are part of the MentorCloud network. If not, sign up for a demo here! Our vision is to create a mentoring planet in which true equality is achieved and hard work is rewarded, but it's only possible with your participation.



MentorCloud Powers MentorConnect at TiEcon 2015

Expands Footprint to 61 TiE Chapters in 18 Countries

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/28/15 -- MentorCloud, the leader in online mentoring, today announced that its partnership with the MentorConnect program at TieCon 2015 (that took place in Santa Clara Convention Center on May 15th and 16th) was a huge success. "With 500 live mentoring sessions on both days combined, this is the largest mentoring event in TiE's 21-year history," said Prakash Narayan, Chair of TiE MentorConnect. "We have had huge success with the MentorCloud platform, that saves us precious time year after year to schedule hundreds of meetings between mentors and entrepreneurs attending this largest annual conference for entrepreneurs," Prakash added.

TiEcon attracts a stellar spectrum of incredible people from successful entrepreneurs to corporate executives to venture capitalists from all over the world who are usually not easily accessible to entrepreneurs. The MentorConnect program at TiEcon makes that access possible using the MentorCloud platform, and directly connects TiEcon attendees to a Mentor of their choice in a structured, scalable manner. "Over the last few years, MentorConnect has turned out to be one of the key draws of TiEcon. MentorConnect and TiE50 are the two gems of TiEcon. To me TiEcon is THE premier ensemble of Talent, Industriousness and Entrepreneurism on an annual basis at a global scale. It's a shining gem in itself," said Sarvajna Dwivedi, Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer of Pearl Therapeutics, one of the Mentors that participated in the event.

"Mentoring has been the epicenter of TiE's mission in all our chapters in 61 cities and 18 countries. MentorCloud has developed a great track record in enabling mentoring with great results in Silicon Valley and Hong Kong. I am very excited to now roll out MentorCloud across our entire network. Now mentees across the world can benefit tremendously and help us fulfill our mission to foster entrepreneurship globally," shared Al Kapoor, Chairman of TiE Board and President of Millennium Ventures Group along with Bridgett Comer, Executive Director of TiE Global.

MentorCloud is also announcing the general availability of its 2.0 next generation platform for medium-sized to Fortune 50 companies and entrepreneur networks. "MentorCloud 2.0 platform is being received extremely well by our global customers, and we are super excited by our growing partnership with an organization of global repute like TiE," said Dr. Ravi Gundlapalli, CEO of MentorCloud.

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