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Establishing a Mentorship Program. Part 3

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Friday, December 16, 2011

Critical Success Factors   I asked Nancy to describe the critical success factors for establishing a formal mentoring program. She said: “You have to have a commitment on the part of both parties to take the relationship seriously enough that you ensure that you both meet for your appointed lunches or coffees or whatever it is. We get feedback every year from mentors and mentees to see how the program worked for them and the overwhelming majority of matches work really well.  However, there have been a few mentorship relationships that have not worked well. In one case, one of the mentees clearly was only interested in job finding and once she realized her mentor could not help her do that she ...

Establishing a Mentorship Program. Part 2

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What Makes An Effective Mentorship Relationship? “Everybody agrees that you have to have goals for the mentorship relationship so before the first time they meet their mentor, the mentee is asked to think about what they want to accomplish in the year and then when they meet with them they talk about the goals and at each subsequent meeting the mentor is supposed to check in on how the mentee is doing in attaining the goals. The nugget I got from the training is that   being a mentor in the type of program we developed is not about telling someone what they should do.  It’s about helping them realize the best thing for them given who they are and what ...

A New Voice

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Monday, December 12, 2011

I have been reading Leah Eichler’s column Women@Work in the Globe since she began writing them in September 2011. She is a new and very welcome voice in the paper and I have enjoyed reading many of her columns. They are well written and well researched and cover many of the topics near and dear to my heart. For example:   On  October 1, 2011 Leah wrote a column “Why we need the metrics on women’s climb to the top” which included several great comments from Barbara Annis of Barbara Annis & Associates in New York, Beatrix Dart of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and Deborah Gillis of Catalyst. I wont’ repeat these comments here because it would cause ...

Establishing a Mentorship Program. Part 1

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Friday, December 9, 2011

I asked Nancy to tell me about her involvement with mentoring. She said: “It goes back to my strong, passionate belief that we don’t have enough women in business, especially in commercial real estate. I have a legal background, so I’ve read a lot of articles about the percentage of women that drop out of law.  The common theme in most of those articles is that women drop out because they don’t have any mentors.  They have nobody to look up to, to talk to, to tell them that there’s light at the end of the tunnel and that if they stick it through they can have a fulfilling career.”   She continued: “I’ve been involved for years with an organization called ...