Talent Development Articles

April 01, 2015

Diversity Mentoring Programs and Your Organization

“You can’t buy diversity, and organizations that continue to embrace this approach will tarnish their brand.” (Forbes 2011) How Important Are Diversity Mentoring Programs? There’s no question that the modern workforce is becoming more and more diverse every day. If you want to be able to effective... More

March 16, 2015

Creating an Effective Onboarding Program

Creating an Onboarding Program to Retain New Hires The unfortunate reality is that you can lose new hires as quickly as you hire them. This is a problem when you take into consideration the cost of hiring and onboarding that new employee - costs you will incur twice over if you lose a new hire and ... More

March 04, 2015

When High Potential Employees Leave

By Phillip Roark, CEO of Insala High Potential Employees Don't Stop Being High Potential When They Leave When a high potential employee decides to leave your firm, they don’t stop being high potential. Increasingly, leading firms are recognizing that an employee leaving an organization shouldn’t... More

February 16, 2015

Online Mentoring Software and High Touch Partnerships

Benefits of Online Mentoring Software Mentoring is all about human “high touch” relationships. So why go for high tech in a mentoring program that should be all about high touch? For medium to large-scale mentoring initiatives, the use of online mentoring software has been proven to facilitate ment... More

February 09, 2015

Corporate Alumni Networks: Three Perspectives, One Vision

By Phillip Roark, CEO of Insala Three Organizational Perspectives… For leading companies, corporate alumni networks represent a unique opportunity to unite three different perspectives in one world-class vision. Let me explain. An average company thinks like this: you either work here, or you d... More

January 14, 2015

Types of Mentoring for Today's Workplace

You may be considering implementing a mentoring program in your organization, or are even simply curious about its role in the workplace. No matter what or why your interest in mentoring, it’s important that you first understand there has been a shift in the definition of mentoring in the last ten y... More

December 16, 2014

Career Development and the Hidden Job Market in Your Organization

Internal Talent Mobility Opportunities 85% of the global workforce is looking for a new job – and the number one reason why is to find greater career advancement opportunities. (Source) It’s a fact that there are more employees wanting to fill the top spots than there are actual spots available. T... More

October 09, 2014

Mentors, or Just Nurturers? How Women Are Hurting Themselves and Not Realizing It

Mentors, or Just Nurturers? I once observed a situation in which an individual (we’ll call him “Bob”) asked two of his colleagues for advice on how to solve a problem in a project he was working on. One was male (“George”), and one was female (“Liz”). Bob went to Liz for advice first, and she sugge... More

September 30, 2014

Mentoring for Knowledge Transfer

Mentoring for Knowledge Transfer: Bridging Today and Tomorrow The preservation of institutional knowledge has always been an essential part of any organization’s agenda. You spend too much time developing knowledge and skills to simply let it go every time someone relocates or retires. Today’s wo... More

September 24, 2014

Employee Engagement and Career Development: A Look at 2014 Research and Data

Employee Engagement and Career Development At this point, no one needs to argue that employee engagement is vitally important to organizational success. In fact, according to Deloitte’s 2014 Global Human Capital Trends research, 78% of business leaders rate retention and employee engagement as an i... More

August 19, 2014

Why Mentor Matching Can't Be The End of Your Involvement

Mentor matching certainly sets the stage for how well a mentoring partnership will go – but it’s not the end-all be-all of a mentoring partnership. Whether because of personality clash, mismatched competencies, difficulty with communication, or a different reason entirely, sometimes mentor match... More

July 22, 2014

Mentoring Program Success

How to Create a Successful Mentoring Program You may be considering implementing a mentoring program in your organization or re-vamping an old one that didn’t work out as well as you had hoped. In any case, be sure you realize that a successful mentoring program is not something that can just be th... More

July 10, 2014

Why Should I Measure My Mentoring Program?

Mentoring Success Measurements Mentoring is a very human development method – and that’s definitely part of the beauty of it. One of the reasons mentoring tends to work as well as it does within organizations is precisely because it’s individual-to-individual, and facilitates conversations and co... More

July 03, 2014

Brand, Engagement, and Career Development Culture

Not Another Employee Engagement Article “Employee engagement” has been a buzzword for so long that we're all collectively wondering if it hasn't lost all meaning. It’s a similar story with “company culture”. While that begs the question, "Why are we all still talking about it?", the ans... More

June 26, 2014

How to Reduce Your Training Expenses with Corporate Mentoring

While training classes are widely available for any learning need, they can also be very costly. The time spent away from the office and probable travel expenses, as well as the cost to take the class (or create the course internally), necessitates an immense commitment of both time and money from y... More

June 10, 2014

The Fast Are Eating the Slow: Mentoring for Leadership Development as a Competitive Method

An organization sees a need for leadership development. Does it turn to external training, coaching, or mentoring to achieve their goals? The answer has usually been one of the first two, the philosophy being that traditional training and coaching programs are better-suited to develop high-potentia... More

May 15, 2014

Recruiting Mentors for Your Corporate Mentoring Program

In a poll taken one of our recent webinars, 51% of attendees said that recruiting mentors and coaches had been a challenge in implementing their mentoring or coaching program. There’s often a lot of emphasis placed on qualifying and matching mentees, when just as often administrators are faced with ... More

April 21, 2014

Why Women Leaders Must Mentor Other Women

Women Leaders and Mentoring - and Why We Don't See More of It While I often stress in my mentoring planning workshops that it’s not advisable to require your most senior level people to become mentors, the fact remains that sometimes the senior levels really do need to be involved as mentors. No... More

April 03, 2014

The Perils of Skipping Mentoring Training

Mentoring Training and Your Program Participants If you were to put all of your mentoring program candidates into one room to discuss the mentoring journey that is ahead of them without giving them mentoring training or some type of direction beforehand, the following is a likely progression of e... More

March 21, 2014

Stages of Corporate Alumni Programs

Corporate alumni programs vary in terms of multiple things, not least of which include size, organization type, administrative control, and membership type. What really sets apart one corporate alumni program from another, however, are the program’s objectives and the organization’s intent to follow... More

March 12, 2014

Best Practices for Corporate Mentoring Programs

Best Practices for Corporate Mentoring Programs: 70% of Learning Occurs On-the-Job According to Lombardo and Eichinger’s 70-20-10 training model (1996), 70% of learning is due to self-directed, on-the-job experience, while 20% is due to feedback, and only 10% is due to courses and reading. This... More

March 07, 2014

Mentoring for Leadership Development: Top Tips

Mentoring and Leadership Development With the economy in a slow recovery, it’s becoming more necessary for organizations to prepare for the future in terms of leadership development and succession planning. Mentoring has always been a popular method of knowledge transfer and talent development, but... More

February 21, 2014

Why Your Alumni Software May Be Doomed to Fail

An alumni program without objectives embedded throughout it is like a building without foundations or a supporting structure: doomed to collapse. Your alumni software is no exception to this rule. It more than anything else must be defined by your objectives, as it’s not only the gateway to your al... More

February 10, 2014

How to Engage Your Alumni and Win Their Business

Your Corporate Alumni Program's Best Practices We’ve noted in a previous article ("What Your Corporate Alumni Program Has to Do With Employee Engagement") that engagement of your alumni ultimately rests on engagement of your current employees. In fact, if you know you have an employee eng... More

February 04, 2014

What Your Corporate Alumni Program Has to Do With Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement and Alumni Engagement Ultimately, the success of any organization comes down to one thing: the engagement of its people. For most companies, “people” primarily means “employees.” That’s why “employee engagement” is such a big buzzword in the training and development space, and... More

January 14, 2014

Mentoring Solutions for Succession Planning Problems

Mentoring for Succession Planning With an aging workforce, planning for the inevitability of your leaders exiting your organization is becoming more and more necessary by the day. Succession planning isn’t just a buzzword: it’s a developmental strategy that’s extremely relevant to how we plan... More

October 10, 2013

7 Rules for Mentoring Success

At one of our recent webinars, 40% of attendees reported they don’t know how successful their mentoring program was because they didn’t measure the results. This statistic is really quite alarming when you recognize the time, effort, and money that goes into creating and supporting a mentori... More

August 02, 2013

Why Employee Retention Is Important Even in a Recovering Economy

“The grass is always greener on the other side,” as the saying goes. This is generally true - people tend to focus on new possibilities as they become bored or dissatisfied with their current situation. That is, unless there are no available alternatives - no “other side” in sight. Such has been the... More

July 31, 2013

How to Retain Your Millennials (and Why You Should Care)

How to Retain Millennials: HR’s Next Imminent Crisis In the next few years, the US economy will be hit by a double whammy: 1) The loss of millions of boomers from the ranks of the workforce, and 2) The scramble to fill their gaps with millennials. This is a succession pipeline issue that’s natural... More

July 01, 2013

Is Your Company Culture Resisting Employee Engagement?

Company Culture and Employee Engagement We hear the talk about “actively disengaged” employees. What about the organizations that are resisting employee engagement by not providing an environment that employees want to engage with? When we’re not talking about the work itself, there are basically ... More

May 09, 2013

Corporate Alumni and the ROI on Outplacement

The problem with outplacement is that you receive little or no return on investment. It almost seems like a win-lose situation: your former employees receive help moving on from your organization, and you lose both your employee and your investment in outplacement. It’s time to reconceptualize out... More

April 26, 2013

How to Prevent 7 Common Problems in Mentoring Programs

Our mentoring program was successful, but we can’t prove it, and we’re about to lose funding for it. There’s too much pressure to implement a mentoring program, and no time to actually plan one. Our program’s mentees just aren’t learning the things that are necessary to their development. Everyon... More

April 22, 2013

Rethinking Performance Management

Performance Management as a Part of Your Talent Development Strategy The working world has changed – and traditional notions of performance management are no longer sufficient for maintaining and assessing a productive workforce. Performance management was initially designed to evaluate perfor... More

April 22, 2013

Rethinking Succession Planning

Changing Market Conditions Proactive Succession Planning = Organizational Success When it comes to determining your short- and long-term business strategy, succession planning is critical to your organizational success. Productive succession plans help organizations avoid talent shortages, ret... More

April 08, 2013

Increase Your ROI by Maintaining Alumni Relationships

While corporate alumni programs are still a relatively new concept for organizational strategies, they carry the potential for significant ROI from increased business development opportunities, strengthened company and employer brand, and reduced recruitment expenses. Corporate alumni programs ... More

March 22, 2013

Mentoring Software for an Integrated Coaching and Mentoring Program

Sometimes you need more than what a mentoring program or coaching program alone can offer your organization. But if you only have the time and money to implement one program, which one should it be? It doesn’t have to be a matter of choosing one or the other. In a recent webinar, Insala’s Judy Corn... More

March 21, 2013

Defining the Differences between Mentoring and Coaching

If you’re considering implementing a mentoring or coaching initiative in your organization, you probably have questions. Which will best meet your objectives? Which employees will be better suited to mentoring than coaching, and vice-versa? Mentoring and coaching do have several fundamental similari... More

January 07, 2013

Designing a Mentoring Program That Improves Onboarding

We’ve all been through onboarding: the conference room, the policy agreements, the tax forms, the acronyms. How much of it all did we retain? And more importantly, how much of it was information that truly helped us understand the inner workings of our new company or learn new skills necessary for o... More

December 14, 2012

Mentoring Program Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Mentoring is as old as time and actively used in organizations today. Personally learning from someone who has been there and done that is the most fundamental way to pass along knowledge. It holds true whether its learning to start a fire, hunt, farm or for creating killer spreadsheets, writing cod... More

November 29, 2012

Deliver Effective Outplacement Services Through An Online Outplacement Solution

Are you looking to improve your present outplacement process? Are you an outplacement firm looking to cut costs and increase efficiency in your service delivery? Christine De Cock, Director of Career Solutions at Insala with over 20 years of experience in outplacement and career management, shares s... More

November 07, 2012

Mentoring and Talent Development: How to do they fit together?

If you are considering a targeted mentoring program for talent development, or if you presently manage a mentoring program, chances are you’ve been asked to provide a road map where at the end you are expected to tie it all together and prove it’s business value and ROI. With so many variables to c... More

September 20, 2012

6 Recommended Resources For Your Clients When Providing Outplacement

Internet use has become part of our daily routine, and it’s no different when someone finds out they've been laid-off. When someone finds out they've lost their job, she or he undoubtedly turns to the web to view online job listings. Christine De Cock, Director of Career Solutions at Insala with ove... More

June 20, 2012

How Can Mentoring Facilitate Learning and Development Across An Organization?

Mentoring is used today by organizations to satisfy any number of unique business objectives from onboarding, diversity or most often centering on leadership development, succession planning, employee career development and knowledge transfer. One trend now in learning and development (L&D) is ... More

May 11, 2012

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Mentoring Program

Implementing any new company sponsored program can seem a daunting objective and pitfalls lay at every turn. Corporate mentoring programs are no different. To minimize challenges and maximize program results, we’d like to share seven recommendations that have proven successful to real-world mentor... More

July 22, 2011

How One Company Used Mentoring to Improve Time-to-Productivity for a Critical Role

According to a recent Monster.com survey, it takes 6.2 months on average for new managers to become productive enough to be considered profitable investments for the company. During that time period, new managers are actually expenses rather than valuable investments. Likewise, for any role – par... More

June 10, 2011

5 Critical Success Factors of Best-Practice Career Development Initiatives

What are the critical success factors of corporate career development initiatives? Phillip Roark, CEO at Insala and career development industry expert, recommends the following 5 key success factors that will maximize the effectiveness of your career development program. Process: Creating a... More

June 08, 2011

How to Position Mentoring for Strategic Talent Development

There are many benefits of formal corporate mentoring program as a talent development strategy. For example, mentoring can be a cost-effective alternative or complement to traditional training programs, and a formal mentoring program’s alignment with critical business objectives can be clearly measu... More

May 23, 2011

The Importance Of Enabling Career Development With Internal Talent Mobility Initiatives

“Internal talent mobility” and “career development”: both are critical concepts for HR and business leaders aiming to create high-performing organizations. But concepts aside – how do talent mobility and employee career development really tie together practically? Phillip Roark, CEO at Insala, with ... More

May 12, 2011

What is Mentoring Today, and How is it Being Used Strategically within An Organization?

Mentoring, in one form or another, has been around for ages and much talk has been generated about mentoring in the workplace as a way to develop talent. If you are considering a corporate mentoring program or have been charged with the task of investigating mentoring, then clarifying some basic con... More

April 20, 2011

Successful Onboarding through Mentoring Programs

- Adjust New Employees to Company Culture Acclimating new employees to company culture has proven just as important as familiarizing them to their new roles. But how do companies do this during times of transition or change - to best prepare new employees to be successful? Judy Corner, a twenty-y... More

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