Have you heard of “reverse mentoring?” It takes the traditional format of “wise, experienced colleague tutors younger employee” and switches it up to “younger employee shares what he or she knows with an open-minded, more experienced co-worker.” I wrote an article about it on LinkedIn: Reverse Mentoring: When the Sage Learns as Much as the Novice. You can view the article even if you aren’t a member of LinkedIn.  This is my first article for that publishing platform and I’d love to know what you think.

Tell me here on The People Equation:

Would you be willing to mentor an older colleague?

Would you like to be mentored by a younger colleague?


Women as Mentors: Squashing the Queen Bee Myth

April 21, 2014

Do you work for a “Queen Bee?” This label, coined in the 1970’s by researchers at the University of Michigan, describes the phenomenon of a high-ranking female working in a male-dominated industry who does everything she can to thwart the rise of female colleagues. Is the Queen Bee a myth, or does she really exist? […]

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Tips for Dealing with an Imperfect Boss

April 14, 2014

It’s easy to toss off “nobody’s perfect” in response to someone’s shortcomings when the stakes are small. But, in an important relationship such as the one we have with our boss, we are far less likely to be so benevolent. In truth, nobody is “perfect” and this goes for those with leadership titles as well. […]

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Tips for Seeing What’s Working, Strong and Possible

April 10, 2014

I consider myself an optimist. Yet, all around me, there are exhortations to “problem solve” and “fix what’s not working.” Admittedly, it seeps into my psyche; I see what’s lacking more quickly than what’s working. Am I really the optimist I claim to be? That’s why I jumped at the chance to interview Dr. Kathryn […]

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All Leaders Shape Their Company’s Cultural Mindset

April 7, 2014

When it comes to creating a thriving organizational culture a key bellwether is the tone that company leaders set. Leaders, take heed: your actions are contagious, whether that tone is positive or negative. “For better or worse”, leaders’ behaviors shape organizational culture, says psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Kathy Cramer. And, depending on how they […]

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Time to Put Leadership Back into the People Equation

April 3, 2014

Confession time: I’ve always been sort of “meh” about business fables as a literary device. So it may seem strange to you that there is a photo of me with New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni (arguably the most successful author writing in this genre) here on my blog. Pat (as his team calls […]

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The Path to Leadership—It’s Rarely What You Plan

March 31, 2014

  What do a peace activist from Northern Ireland, a former sex trafficking victim, a Somalian parliamentarian and an Israeli teacher have in common? All are women who stepped forward to ignite astonishing change in their respective parts of the world. And, in their moment of choice to speak up, they had no formal leadership […]

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People Equation Named Top HR Blog in Management Category

March 27, 2014

  It’s always an honor when someone recognizes your work. Earlier this week, Bamboo HR, a provider of an online Human Resources Information System (“HRIS” for those of us in the biz) service recognized The People Equation in their Top HR Blogs 2014 Edition. Thanks goes to Bamboo HR for the nod. Even more importantly, […]

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HR Answers Articles | Gamification for HR, Losing Top Talent and More

March 25, 2014

This month’s writing for my HR Answers.com page covered a wide range of topics: talent management, emerging technologies and their implication for Human Resources, leadership mindsets and ways that companies “scare off” potential employees with bad recruiting practices.   As always, I’m open to suggestions for new topics – just let me know in the […]

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Leaders—Call Forth Your Courageous Nature

March 20, 2014

Editor’s note: this is a guest post from Dr. Kathy Cramer, author of the book Lead Positive, which came out this week. I’m delighted to help Kathy spread the word about how leaders can use “asset based thinking” to achieve greater results for their teams and organizations. Leaders know that it is important to be […]

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