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Coaching, Mentoring & Sponsorship Blog

2020

2017

  • What Mentors Wish Their Mentees Knew

    The mentor-mentee relationship is a tango between a more senior person and a junior one. Just as in dance, coordination and orchestration between parties is necessary for grace and success. And while we and others have written about what makes the ideal mentor, comparatively less attention has been given to the other partner.

  • What I Learned About Coaching After Losing the Ability to Speak

    I was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2001. By 2003 I could no longer speak intelligibly or walk, and any muscle control became more difficult as the disease progressed. I knew I couldn’t keep facilitating team meetings and giving strategy presentations — staples of the consulting services I had provided for many years.

  • The Benefits of Virtual Mentors

    Having a mentor has always helped with professional development and career advancement, but in today’s complex workplace, one mentor alone often won’t do. To spark innovation and ideation, employees often require information from a number of areas in real time. That’s why there is a need for us to have multiple mentors with expertise in various domains.

  • How to Mentor a Narcissist

    No workplace is immune to the self-absorbed and self-important employee. You know the one. Preoccupied with status, appearance, and power, narcissists exude a palpable sense of entitlement, often overestimate skills and abilities (while devaluing others), and can be quite comfortable manipulating others for personal gain.

  • How Mindfulness Improves Executive Coaching

    The benefits of mindfulness meditation for business leaders are increasingly appreciated and confirmed by empirical research. Executives and high performing professionals increasingly use meditation to manage stress, maintain strategic focus, enhance cognitive performance, promote emotional intelligence, and improve interpersonal relationships. Meditation programs are increasingly offered in the workplace to promote these benefits.