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MAKING IT PERSONAL: THE FOUR PILLARS OF HIGH-IMPACT MENTORING BY HELENE LOLLIS desirable mentors. However, in our years of experience in matching thousands of mentoring partnerships, we have seen that mentees rarely select the best mentors for themselves; they are often too focused on a mentor's title or network. There's simply no substitute for engaging real people and actual human contact in the mentoring process if your goal is to leverage mentoring to develop highpotential talent. and process. High-impact mentoring is built around four specific strategies that provide depth and "stickiness" for longterm growth and achievement. THE FOUR PILLARS 1 :PARTNERSHIP MATCHING Strong mentee-mentor matching is the foundation of a constructive mentoring relationship. The mentor's career experiences must align with Achieving those heralded outcomes from mentoring (retention, promotion and engagement) requires structure The first two are often incorporated in programs with varying degrees of rigor. We find that the third and fourth are rarely practiced, yet they are the differentiators that will take your mentoring program to the "high-impact" level. T R A I N I N G I N DUSTR Y MA GAZ INE - SUMMER201 6 I WWW.TRAI NINGINDU S T RY . C OM/ MAGAZ I NE the mentee's needs and the critical gaps that, if filled, could allow her to progress in her career. Each mentee needs someone who, regardless of title, has conscious competence in how to break through the barriers that are holding her back in her career. For example, a mentee with strong financial acumen who is interested in a CFO position may be better served by a mentor with deep experience in interpersonal communications than by a CFO, who might have similar strengths and weaknesses. Over the years, we have fine-tuned what we see as the optimal matching process. Here are some highlights: 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Magazine - Summer 2016

Table of Contents
Three Strategies to Ensure Your Training Has Tensile Strength
Experience, Exposure and Education
Beyond the Classroom Paradigm
Applying the Buddy System
Purpose-Driven Professional & Organization Success
Making It Personal: The Four Pillars of High-Impact Mentoring
Blowing Your Millennial Mindset
Hidden Forces: Unconscious Bias in Learning
Memory: The Critical Bottleneck to Learning
Gender Barriers & Solutions to Leadership
Cognititive Collaboration: Utilizing Diverse Thinking & Behavioral Preferences
Get Into the Act: Accelerating Collaborative Teamwork
Dispelling the Five Myths of Microlearning
Quicken Loans: Culture Driven
Developing Global Leaders: On-the-Job Leadership Development
From Where I Sit
Why Do We Wait to Train Our Managers?
Is Knowledge Overrated?
Is Your Business Acument Showing?
Avnet Expands Services with ExitCertified Acquisition
Company News
What's Online
Training Talk

Training Industry Magazine - Summer 2016