National Mentorship Month

untitledYou may have heard that President Obama proclaimed January 2014 to be National Mentoring Month, if not, you can read his official proclamation here.

If you have heard me speak or have been following my leadership tips of the week, you have likely heard me talk about the importance and value of having a mentor and of being a mentor.

As leaders, we are charged with developing more leaders. Mentoring is one way we can help in the professional development of others.

In a recent construction industry survey we conducted with just under 100 different companies, we discovered that only 28% had a formal mentoring program. We need to do better.

My leadership tip for you this week is to carefully create a mentoring program for your organization. You may think this is too big of an assignment, so I don’t want you to feel pressured to complete it this month. However, recognize the importance and value of putting a program together.

A mentoring program can be established a number of different ways. We have clients who have a formal mentoring program and we have clients who have an informal program. As with many programs, the overall effectiveness comes down to design and execution.

The subject of mentor program design is too broad to cover here, but we do want to help you, so we will host a complimentary webinar on Thursday January 30th at 1:00 pm Eastern:

‘How to Create a Mentoring Program That’s Right For You’
You can learn more about our webinar and register here.

If we had a little more notice from Mr. Obama, we would have put this together for you sooner. I hope you can make it.

American cultural anthropologist, Margaret Mead once said; “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”

With the proper game plan and focus on mentoring, you can help our current and future leaders become better thinkers and how to make bigger contributors to our collective success.

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