NOTES: Ten Tips for Effective Mentoring Programs with Paul Signorelli

These are my notes from the webinar Ten Tips for Effective Mentoring Programs with Paul Signorelli (resource list / slides), from April 21, 2011. #mentorapr11

  • New book: Workplace Learning & Leadership by Lori Reed & Paul Signorelli
  • If you don’t set up goals up front, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
  • Mentoring is essential to organizations.
  • Mentorship programs help staff develop leadership skills, could be a line item in a strategic plan.
  • Mentoring is not heirarchical, doesn’t follow the organizational structure.
  • A mentor needs to be part of community-building exercises within the organization.
  • For a program to be successful, it needs a leader.
  • Leaders don’t need to have leadership titles.
  • Asking questions shows initiative.
  • Shouldn’t be a problem to have a mentor younger than you.
  • Open doors equal open ideas.
  • Put yourself out there if you want to be a mentor, don’t wait for people to come to you to ask you to get involved.
  • A mentor won’t fault you for failing.
  • Learning does not happen in a classroom; it happens when people get out and do something.
  • Mentoring needs to be more than warm, fuzzy conversations.
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One response to “NOTES: Ten Tips for Effective Mentoring Programs with Paul Signorelli

  1. Paul Signorelli April 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks a million for attending the session and sharing the resource sheet. Hope you won’t hesitate to contact me (paul@paulsignorelli.com) if you have any unanswered questions about setting up and managing an effective mentor session. Best of luck with your own efforts.

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