How to Start a Mentoring Program that Actually Delivers Results

Keeping your team engaged and thriving has never been more important than it is in today’s hypercompetitive business world. Enter workplace mentorship programs: Done right, they can bolster everything from employee retention to productivity.

Mentors and Mentees Both Benefit 

For the Mentee:

According to executive leadership consultant Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, having an experienced colleague take you under their wing can help you clarify your long-term career goals. Along the way, you’ll also hone valuable professional skills you can take with you as you progress through your career. Connecting with a mentor who works within your organization is particularly powerful because they can share their own experiences with the company, giving you further insight into the organization’s culture and operations.

Robinson also encourages professionals to embrace the emotional benefits of a mentor-mentee relationship.

“Many employees feel like they can’t be vulnerable or share their whole selves at work,” she says. But opening yourself up to support and guidance from an experienced colleague can boost both confidence and performance.

For the Mentor

Professionals who mentor others are often more satisfied in their careers and more committed to their organizations. Studies also suggest mentors may even see a boost in their own job performance.

According to Robinson, strong mentor-mentee relationships should be mutually beneficial. Imparting your wisdom to a mentee helps them succeed, and the mere act of offering your expertise puts you in a position to examine and improve your own performance, making you a better leader in the process.

Continue reading at Recruiter Magazine.

Giving Tuesday Opportunity

Today is Giving Tuesday, and as several of you know, I am the Visionary Founder of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. Over the past four years, our organization has intentionally created access and opportunities for intentional leadership and education that includes events and programming, mentoring, college and career preparation, and spiritual and character development. Most of our current programming has targeted middle and high school girls. Next year, we will expand our offerings to include our first Global Leadership Experience Tour (Global LET).

You can find out more about our work and organization, by visiting our website, reviewing one of our recent end-of-year reports, visiting our YouTube channel, and checking out our organizational video below:

Our primary financial goal before the end of the year is to confirm 100 LINKS Ambassadors. A LINKS Ambassador is someone who commits to giving the organization $25 or more dollars/month.

Here are the instructions for becoming a LINKS Ambassador:

Step-by-Step Instructions for setting up your recurring donation online:

1.  Visit our website homepage at: www.leadershiplinksinc.org 

2. Click the blue “Give now with Givelify” button in the top right-hand corner.

2.  Choose your recurring donation amount.

3.  When asked, “This Donation Is For”, click on “Where Needed Most” and “Confirm.”

4.  Click “Set Recurring” and choose the frequency of your gift.5.  Then click “Give Now” to set up your account and provide accounting information. 

There are several other ways that you can support the organization.

  1. MAIL: Please send your donation of any amount via check or money order made out to “Leadership LINKS, Inc.” This is the best method of giving to ensure that all of your funds go directly to impact our programming and we are not paying unnecessary fees. Mail to us at: 

Leadership LINKS, Inc. 

ATTN: Treasurer

P.O. Box 16328

High Point, NC 27261 

2. PAYPAL: Send an electronic payment through PayPal.

paypal.me/LeadershipLINKS

3. GIVELIFY: Send an electronic payment through the Givelify app.

3. CASH APP: $LeadershipLINKS

Thank you for your consideration, and for partnering with us in our work.

#ASojournersTruth Podcast: Mentoring Youth

We are wrapping up Season 2 of “A Sojourner’s Truth” podcast where our theme is mentoring. You can SUBSCRIBE on iTunesSpotify, and SoundCloud.

In this episode, Natasha speaks with her mentor, friend, and colleague, Dr. Tracey Nicole Hayes and two mentees from her nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc., about mentoring youth.

Dr. Tracey Nicole Hayes is a passionate advocate for equality in education. She is an entrepreneur, professional writer and editor atJHwriting+, assisting others in attaining their personal and professional goals. Her vision is to inspire by example, to encourage and uplift, and to raise expectations, ensuring academic success is not only anticipated, but required. Nicole received her Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, completing 20 years of honorable service in the field of Human Resources. She received her Master’s degree in Human Relations with a concentration in Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. She earned her doctoral degree in Education from Capella University; her dissertation examined factors supporting the academic success of African American male adolescents. Nicole currently resides in Greensboro, NC with her husband of 22 years. Dr. Hayes is a founding director of Leadership LINKS, Inc.  

Listen When the Youth Speak

In this episode, mentees from my nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. share their heart and what conversations their peers would like to have with mentors. The youth want to talk about:

  • Influence
  • Time Management and priorities
  • How to deal with people and have healthy relationships

What are you learning from mentoring youth?