Why is Mentoring Under-utilized?

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Michael D. Moore
Entrepreneur, United States

Why is Mentoring Under-utilized?

Mentoring can be one of the most effective training and empowering tools available. I am concerned as to why the mentoring process is so underutilized.
Most mentoring in companies takes place on an informal basis. More experienced people take others under their wing.
Companies would do well to formalize mentoring and make it a strategic strength.

Financial Consultant, India

Managing versus Mentoring

There is a big difference between managing (more crudely bossing) and mentoring. Most senior members are not ready to give that extra effort in taking interest in a subordinate's career.
One more thing is many companies make the mistake of having the manager and mentor as the same person which does not workout fine.
There must also be some accountability for the same.

  kierdorff, Netherlands

Mentoring is not a Computer Application

Mentoring has been a part of one's personal development since ages. In the last decades this has changed (specially in t...

  Corbette Doyle
Professor, United States

Why is Mentoring Underutilized?

Many companies have launched formal mentoring programs, some of which are aided by software solutions by companies like ...

  Richard Townsend, United States

Mentoring Sucks in Practice

In todays business environment, at least in the United States, where workload per person has increased without an approp...

Student (Other), Belgium

Mentoring takes Courage (and Cuirage)

Once upon a time... Mentoring was the way to learn specific skills. You could turn to someone experienced and that perso...

  Dr Vasundhara Padmanabhan
Manager, India

Don't Need Help

My faculty has reported several times that the new recruits do not want to be mentored... They feel they know everything...

  John C. Howard
Strategy Consultant, United States

Mentors Need to Make Themselves Available

It is a two-sided system: - Mentors need to make themselves available so that proteges know who they are and what they ...

Business Consultant, India

RE: Don't Need Help..

The new recruits are 'new'. They hesitate to enter the well established club of seniors. There are psychological reasons...

  Phillip Nel
Director, South Africa

Why Under-utilisation of Mentoring

The level of formalisation for the mentoring program is a function of the maturity of the leadership and mentees: - In ...

  steven zuback
Coach, United States

Reasons for Mentoring Underutilization

My experience has shown me that most mentoring programs are underutilized because:- - There is no clarity about what th...

Entrepreneur, United States

Mentoring Should be Formalized and Made into a Strategic Strength

I agree with Michael's comments regarding the fact that most mentoring today is informal, and that corporate America wou...

  Robert J. Yeldell
Coach, United States

Mentoring Needs 2 Volunteers

Effective mentoring can only take place when the mentee seeks to be mentored and the mentor wants to mentor. Corporate "...

Student (University), Australia

Why is Mentoring Underutilised

John Kotter proposed (HBR 1990?) that business over manages and under leads. He we went on to explain that mentoring was...

  David knight
Student (University), Australia

Mentoring is a Two Way Street

Most companies or organisations fail to see the true benefits that mentoring offers. When new employees are brought aboa...

  Leodegardo M. Pruna
Professor, Philippines

Why Mentoring is Underutilized

Mentoring is generally underutilized because of the time and effort which go with it. Leaders would rather go into "coac...

  joko triyono
Director, Indonesia

Mentoring Not Part of KPIs

Many great successes had somebody directly / indirectly mentoring. Unfortunetely, mentoring is not a part of key perfor...

  Tinus van der Merwe, Saudi Arabia

Managing <> Mentoring

The manager as mentor does not work, since: - the mentoring relationship is more trusting and intimate than the manager...

  esther agali
Student (MBA), Uganda

Mentoring - Who Accredits?

Thank you colleagues... These are great insights! Sometimes it is an issue of who gives an individual the mandate to men...

  Sridharan Krishnaswami
Teacher, United States

Mutual Willingness

Mentoring must be based on mutual readiness and willingness to give and receive. I am not sure if mentoring should be "m...

  Kimberly justice, United States

Why is Mentoring Under-utilized?

1) Mentoring is seen as helping a younger person gain skills instead of focusing how someone can better fit into the cul...

Strategy Consultant, India

Mentoring Must Develop from Social and Emotional Bondage

Visualizing the organization as a social system, in an enriched inter personal relations scenario, mentoring aids manage...

Project Manager, India

Mentor ≠ Manager

I agree with Mr. Radhakrishnanan. A mentor and the boss must require different profiles. The effective mentoring is only...

  Bill Young
Consultant, Switzerland

Why is Mentoring Under-utilized

Mentoring SYSTEMS are under-utilised because they exist. A mentee must be allowed to choose a mentor and to proceed in ...

  Jackie Yeoh
Manager, Malaysia

Not Seeing the Need for Mentoring

Mentoring is under-utilised because head of departments don't see the needs to mentor. Should a head of department depl...

  andy loebl
Project Manager, United States

Looking 'Polished'

I have been both the recipient and the offeror of mentoring. I agree that relationship is important. I also feel my expe...

Entrepreneur, United States

Mentoring Makes Mentee Appear Vulnerable

I agree with Andy that seeking a mentor can make an employee appear vulnerable, when seeking a mentor is actually a sign...

  Reginald Mathe Mazibuko
Director, South Africa

Mentoring Works Only at High, Executive Levels

I think a point has been made that where the organisation has identified an individual as a high probability successor o...

  Lindiwe Shongwe
HR Consultant, South Africa

Why is Mentoring Under-utilized

In my organisation mentors are appointed its not voluntary in most cases and this has resulted in mentors not being comm...

  Samuell Yew
Project Manager, Malaysia

Lacking Trust and Respect

Mentoring requires mutual trust and respect between mentor and mentee. In organizations where mutual trust and respect d...

  Madan Gopal Agarwal
Business Consultant, India

Mentoring is a Major, Medium-Term Investment

To me, mentoring is a developmental process in which a more experienced person helps a less experienced, but up-and-comi...

  Naved Adeel
Strategy Consultant, India

Focusing on What Went Wrong

The reason that mentoring process is underutilized is because most people (mentor and mentee both) would focus a lot of ...

Manager, South Africa

Resistance to Mentoring

Mentoring is a key to many doors for some professions but there has been some form of resistance when invitations are se...

  Sabine Pitcher
Manager, United Kingdom

Mentoring is Largely Misunderstood

Mentoring needs to be part of a development structure - with mentors and mentees carefully selected and matched (and not...

  Udit Chaudhuri
Business Consultant, India

No Clear Course Set

A mentor helps the mentee to find questions as against a coach answering them. The mentor can help you stay on course ...

  James Faulkner
Project Manager, United States

Telling Instead of Asking

Mentors often seek to educate or pass on a skill. The best mentors (imho) are the ones who get mentorees to think in a n...

  Aquatix Pharma, Nigeria

Mentoring Must be Voluntary

The mentors must not be forced on the mentees. The mentees should be free to choose his/her mentor in a mutually and agr...

  Robert Scott
Management Consultant

Mentoring Needs Structured Environment

Whether it is called mentoring, training or development, we are talking about the transfer of knowledge and / or skills....

  Andrei Madly
Manager, Romania

Mentoring is Mentality Shaping

I understand mentoring as mentality shaping, and that goes deeper than just transfer of knowledge and skill: we have tea...

  Tinus van der Merwe, Saudi Arabia

Support for Mentoring is Missing

My experience shows that it is absolutely vital that mentoring should be voluntary, for it to be successful. However, it...

  Samuel Chinyoka
Professor, Botswana

No Benefits for Mentor

Mentoring fails in most organizations because there are no direct benefits down the line accruing to the mentor. In mult...

  Kathleen R. Parrish
United States

Technical Mentoring Can Backfire

After several years of avid pursuit of knowledge transfer via technical mentoring, members of sr. management are now mak...

  Jolanta Sz
Professor, Poland

Mentoring Requires Experience

It's obvious that not everybody can be a good mentor. Among other things, a mentor should have experience. One can imagi...

  Mrs. Josephine Idele
Partner, Nigeria

Why is Mentoring Under Utilised

Since mentoring is about sharing knowledge, expertise and experience, many people can share their experiences but not ev...

  Rex Buckingham
Consultant, Australia

Mentoring - to Be or not to Be

Mentoring is such an under utilised and misunderstood concept. Not everyone is either made out to be a mentor and at t...

Entrepreneur, United States

Mentoring Requires Trust and Timing

I agree Rex with all the elements of mentoring you mentioned. I have witnessed first hand a person being successfully me...

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa

Mentoring Sucks in Practice - Shame on You

@Richard Townsend: If your contention is that mentoring sucks in practice, then it does not reflect well on either your ...

Manager, South Africa

Mentoring is Sometimes Misunderstood

The concept of mentoring is misunderstood in the workplace. Due to this, it becomes unpleasant. I understand mentoring...

  Tinus van der Merwe, Saudi Arabia

Mentoring your Own People

I don't get it that managers try to mentor their own direct reports, most of the time it just does not work....

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa

Mentoring your Own People

@Tinus van der Merwe: Sorry, I do not understand your comment. Please expand for me....

  Tinus van der Merwe, Saudi Arabia

Managers Mentoring Their Direct Reports

@Andrew Blaine: Mentoring involves deep personal issues being shared with the mentor. This requires trust in the mentor....

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa

Mentoring ≠ Coaching

@Tinus van der Merwe: Thank you for your clarification. It appears that we differ in defining mentoring. What you refer ...

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

The Difference Between Mentoring and Coaching

Please refer here for a full discussion on mentoring versus coaching. The conclusion there seems to be that the terms a...

  Doug Lawrence
Entrepreneur, Canada

Why is Mentoring Under-utilized... Lack of Training

@Lindiwe Shongwe: I can appreciate your concerns and valid comments. Forcing people to participate in the mentoring proc...

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa

Under Utilisation of Mentoring

@Jaap de Jonge: In your commentary you detail the reason that mentoring is underutilized viz. it is generally considere...

  Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa

Mentoring - an Essential Ability in Any Good Manager

@Radhakrishnan: I do not feel that managing and mentoring are separate functions. In my opinion, mentoring is part of s...


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