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How to Set Up an Effective Mentoring Program

Early in my career, I learned about the value of having a mentor. Back “in the day” there were no formal mentoring programs at the financial institution that I worked at, but I found myself looking forward to spending time with two particular senior executives. I watched their interactions with employees and customers and listened to their messages and how they delivered them. I took note of how they dressed and how they carried themselves. I didn’t know the word for it then, but I was being mentored and my mentors didn’t even know it!

Today, mentoring has come a long way in becoming a more formal program in most progressive companies. It also has become a critical function as a great deal of corporate knowledge needs to be transferred to the next generation.

This article is a follow up to Osborne’s article in January about the merits of mentoring. It will help your company set up a mentoring program that is easy and sustainable.

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