Don’t Go! Mentoring for Keeps
say knowledge is coming to know what you have known. I think there
comes a point in our lives when we realize we did not get to where
we are without a nudge, word of encouragement or push along the
way. We acknowledge that we did not do it alone. Who were those
special people who provided the right words at the right time?
A grandmother, coach, teacher or boss?
have years of research that reveals few people are successful
without having a few mentors in their career. This variable
becomes even more pivotal and crucial for women and people of
color. Catalyst studies reveal that “having a mentor
is the crucial key to success at work, and it’s the single
advantage men usually have-and women don’t.” In my
experience as a consultant and advocate for women in the workplace,
the single most important reason that among the equally talented
and bright-men tend to rise higher than women do is that most
men have mentors and women do not. If you are a woman of color,
you experience the double whammy. The problem of finding a mentor
is doubly difficult. According to Catalyst, of the 2.9
million women holding managerial and administrative jobs in the
private sector, only 14% are women of color. In Catalyst’s
survey Women of Color in Corporate Management, “women
stress the critical importance of mentors to a career and report
lack of mentoring as a serious barrier to advancement.”
more than ever women need direction and advice from a trusted
mentor. Statistics speak for themselves. In almost any organization,
the higher the position, the fewer the women. The glass ceiling
cannot be penetrated without a helping hand from someone who has
been around the block and knows the roadblocks! Catalyst has interviewed
thousands of women since its founding in 1962-ranging from pioneers
to Generation Z and these women have clearly said they need to
know what to do to get to where they want to go!
does mentoring benefit the organization?
Here are a few ways mentoring serves the organization:
employees to valuable information
down the “silo” structure and allows cooperation
among different departments
own employees as internal experts rather than hire outside consultants
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in Keystone last month!
Hewlett Packard, Ft Collins
8:30 am to Noon
Time Out for Jack and Jill:
Men, Women and Conflict
Stanford Hospital and Clinics
Palo Alto, California
8 am to 4 pm
The First Five Seconds:
A Workshop for Women
Denver Metro Chamber
1445 Market St
9 am to Noon
Ouch! That Hurts:
Dealing with Difficult People
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