You know the old saw: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. That may be a little glib, but the underlying sentiment is correct: The best predictor of success for any learning initiative is to make sure all the bases are covered from the beginning. That’s certainly true of mentoring or coaching programs, which can be crucial for knowledge transfer and the ongoing advancement of the business. Since mentoring is crucial to business needs like employee retention and leadership development, you definitely want to get off on the right foot. In this article from the Summer 2010 issue of Training Industry Quarterly e-magazine, we spotlight some common mistakes that can sabotage mentoring efforts, and roll out some strategies that can make a collaborative environment even more productive.
Mentoring Mistakes: 10 Program Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them
Beth N. Carvin
Training Industry Quarterly, Summer 2010