In the news: Mentoring

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From Fast Company, “Sheryl Sandberg: Women are missing “informal mentoring” from senior male execs“, March 2, 2018 “We need a world where women don’t get harassed,” she said. “But that is not enough.” Male executives need to learn to treat women at work in the same way they treat men, Sandberg said.

From CNN Money, “The crucial role male mentors can play in the #MeToo era“, February 15, 2018.  A #MeToo backlash is brewing behind office doors.

From The Atlantic, “The Importance of Women Mentoring Other Women“, September 26, 2017 As I’ve progressed throughout my career, I think I’ve learned that the key to success is people—your peers, your friends, and your colleagues. The larger your work becomes, the more you will see how important that is.

From Inside Higher Ed, “What Do the Best Mentors Do?“, August 24, 2017 Joya Misra and Jennifer Lundquist asked faculty members from different disciplines whom colleagues and students had identified as excellent mentors to share their lessons with others in academe.

From The Atlantic, “When It’s Hard for Women to Find Male Mentors“, August 22, 2017 If men are overly concerned with the appearance of impropriety, the careers of female subordinates suffer.

From Fortune, “Why Some of the World’s Most Powerful Women Mentor“, August 11, 2017 When activist, author, and model Dayle Haddon was asked this spring to mentor a female entrepreneur from South Africa, she couldn’t resist: “I could not say no,” she says. “How could I say no?”

From Forbes, “Why You Need A Mentor And How To Get One“, July 25, 2017.  The importance of mentors cannot be overstated. A good mentor inspires you, stretches you, connects you, develops your EQ, opens your mind and most importantly, doesn’t judge.

From Inside Higher Ed, “Faculty-t0-Faculty Mentoring“, July 13, 2017 What sustains faculty members are relationships with others, write Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra, who outline how to identify mentors and how to be a better one yourself.

From The Atlantic, “When Potential Mentors Are Mostly White and Male“, July 7, 2017.  Unconscious bias can influence who leaders choose as their protégés. Can its effects be mitigated?

From The Atlantic, “Why Can’t Companies Get Mentorship Programs Right?“, June 2, 2017And when they get them wrong, it can be worse than having not tried at all.

From The Atlantic, “Mentorship That Goes Beyond Career Advice“, May 30, 2017 Two rabbis in Washington, D.C., say that, for them, the relationship is about finding someone who knows and challenges you.

From Harvard Business Review, “Male Mentors Shouldn’t Hesitate to Challenge Their Female Mentees“, May 29, 2017The research is clear: women in competitive, historically male, “up-our-out” organizational cultures make more money and enjoy more rapid promotions when they are mentored by men. Excellent mentors generally provide two clusters of critical mentoring functions.

From The Real Deal, “Winning friends and influencing brokers: How mentors can make or break a real estate career“, May 23, 2017.  Mentoring is fostering a collaborative environment in the hyper-aggressive world of NYC real estate.

From Inc., “Why being a Mentor isn’t Actually About What You Think“, May 23, 2017.  You can dish out advice to anyone. But to be a good mentor, you need to learn to listen first.

From BioMed Central blog, “Peer Mentoring Circles: A strategy for thriving in science“, May 18, 2017.  Academia can feel like an isolating career, particularly for those belonging to groups that are underrepresented by STEM. In this blog, Dr. Claire Horner-Devine, Dr. Cara Margherio, Dr. Sheri Mizumori and Dr. Joyce Yen tell us about a mechanism called Peer Mentoring Circles, which aim to provide participants with community, ongoing connection and a supportive environment.

From The New York Times, “What Should Teenagers’ Summer Plans Include? Adult Mentors“, May 10, 2017.  As teenagers make plans for the summer, several questions pop up. What do they want to do? Do they need to make money? To these we should add a question that might not always jump to mind: Will they have a chance to learn from a mentor?

From HuffPost, “Why Do I Need A Mentor, I Have Google“, May 03, 2017.  Everyone needs someone who can assist and guide them through the many stages of development personally and professionally. Help is not just a four-letter word, and asking for help shows courage and a person who wants to engage and grow.

From Inside Higher Ed, “Needed: Flexible Mentors in Science“, May 1, 2017.  Adriana Bankston provides advice for how research scientists can positively influence the personal and professional development of the trainees who work in their labs.

From Above The Law, “Mentoring As An Act Of Selfishness“, March 27, 2017.  Note the differences between law firms and in-house environments when it comes to mentorship.

From Forbes, “Redefining Mentoring for the Digital Age“, April 8, 2017.  “The traditional definition of a mentor — someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less-experienced and often younger person — needs to be both updated and broadened for today’s workplace.”

From The Business Journals, “Making the most of your mentoring relationships“, April 7, 2017.  We probably all know the professional and personal benefits of networking, yet the most successful among us take it one step further by building mentoring relationships. Mentors can help shape your career, expand your network, and create opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally.

From Inside Higher Ed, “Mentoring as a Graduate Student“, April 3, 2017.  There are a lot of ways that mentorship benefits undergraduates and even first-year graduate students. People with mentors, for example, are more likely to matriculate, have higher grades, and feel more included in their university, which are all markers for academic success.

From The Conversation, “Good mentorship has the power to unlock university students’ potential“, February 28, 2017.  There’s a vast amount of research evidence that proves how valuable mentorship can be. It improves students’ academic performance and, at its best, also equips them with the skills they’ll need to excel in a professional environment.

From Harvard Business Review, “What the Best Mentors Do“, February 27, 2017.  Having interviewed close to 100 of the most admired leaders across business, culture, arts, and government, one important characteristic stands out: They do everything they can to imprint their “goodness” onto others in ways that make others feel like fuller versions of themselves.

From Forbes, “Will You Be My Mentor: How To Build Strong Mentoring Relationships“, January 31, 2017.  Maybe you could really use a mentor—somebody older and wiser, with great advice—but you don’t know where to find one. Or maybe you don’t think you’re qualified to be a mentor, despite decades of valuable career experience.

From The Guardian, “‘She’s been life changing’: Why female mentors matter in Tech“, January 16, 2017.  In an industry with a diversity problem, mentoring can help women to build up their confidence and career.

From Harvard Magazine, “The Joy of Mentoring—From Thousands of Miles Away“, December 28, 2016.  I share this story not to tout myself, but rather, to tout MVSS and mentoring programs like it, that help students in underserved communities. Mentoring offers each of us a chance to make a world of difference in the life of a young person. And the wonders of today’s technology make mentoring possible, at least occasionally, for even the busiest among us. Even, in some instances, from thousands of miles away.

From The Atlantic, “Mentoring’s Promise and Limits“, December 14, 2016 Mentoring, research shows, can help people academically, emotionally, and socially; it can steer them clear of trouble and toward college, career, and a better life. But the true impact of mentoring may be difficult to ascertain in the long-term, complex fabric of life.

From Harvard Business Review, “The Men Who Mentor Women“, December 7, 2016.  We know having a sponsor who supports your career can help level the playing field for women. So who are the men in your organization known as informal champions of women, for the way that their behaviors advance female leaders? And what do they have in common?

From Harvard Business Review, “Men Can Improve How They Mentor Women. Here’s How.“, December 5, 2016.  So what is it about cross-gender professional relationships that flood some men with anxiety? Partly, these guys are rattled by the prospect of close, caring, but nonsexual developmental relationships with women at work.

From Forbes, “Can Mentoring Change Aging In America?“, November 30, 2016.  There’s plenty that needs fixing about aging in America. So why is giving every older adult the opportunity to mentor an at-risk young person the one thing I’d choose to change?

From The New York Times, “In a Reverse Mentorship, Seeing Age Through a New Lens“, September 10, 2016.  She wanted to do what she was calling a reverse mentorship. She wanted to challenge herself and learn something new, something outside her comfort zone, she said. She wanted to learn how to use Snapchat.