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The Mentor’s Way Rule #3: Create a Safe Place

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July 31, 2012
by Rik Nemanick, Ph.D. This post is the third in the series The Mentor’s Way, a set of guides for mentors who want to bring out the best in others. Many mentors think their primary job is to give advice to their protégés. While advice can be an important tool of mentoring (although not as powerful as asking questions as we’ll see in the next rule of mentoring), the mentors that are most successful focus on building trust with a protégé. Every time I talk to mentors and protégés who had effective and satisfying experiences, they point to the trust that they...
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Good Mentors are Precious Resources

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May 9, 2012
by Rik Nemanick, Ph.D. In Barney’s (1991) classic article, a company’s competitive advantage comes from how it uses its distinctive resources. To be be valuable to a company, a resource needs to be valuable, rare, inimitable, and not easily substituted. These precious resources may take different forms. A consumer products company invests in building and maintaining its brand image and identity; think of the lengths Apple goes to to protect its logo and unique design. A retail establishment uses its location to offer convenience to customers that its competitors cannot; think about Walgreens and CVS fighting for every busy intersection...
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Focus on Mentoring as Baby Boomers Near Retirement

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March 27, 2012
by Rik Nemanick, Ph.D. We are facing a new reality as the economy improves: acceleration in the retirement of the baby boom generation. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants published a study in 2011 that found that the average baby boomer was postponing retirement for four to six years. Starting this year, it is estimated that 10,000 U.S. citizens a day will turn sixty-five, the traditional age of retirement. As the economy continues to improve, the baby boomers who postponed retirement when their 401k took a hit in 2008-2009 are going to start to create an influx of retirements over the next few...
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Accelerated Mentoring

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March 15, 2012
Mentoring is one of the most powerful ways to advance your career. Most successful people can point to a mentor who helped them at a critical point in their careers. But, getting started with a mentor can be a slow process. Join Rik Nemanick for this webinar on Accelerated Mentoring that will help you maximize your mentoring partnership and make it more powerful. Who should attend: This webinar is for mentors or protégés who want to accelerate the impact of their mentoring partnerships. The webinar will help both those in formal mentoring programs and those who are looking for informal...
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