Web Worthy: A Weekly Mentoring Roundup (August 21 – August 27)

MentorCloud’s Web Worthy series is a curated list of the best mentoring articles and stories from the past week. Check in every Thursday for inspiration, guidance, and practical advice on everything related to mentoring!

The Takeaway:

  • Business Toolbox: How to Develop a Mentoring Programme via Stuff.co.nz News
    • “Mentoring is not about telling colleagues what to do.”
  •  5 Essential Mentors You Need For a Killer Career by Anna Davies via The New York Post
    • “…today, the most successful people in the workforce are likely to have a posse of people responsible for getting them to where they are.”
  • 7 Traits of Great Mentors by Susan Johnston via Fast Company
    • “Someone who’s ascended the corporate ladder through generosity and kindness is likely a better candidate to mentor you than someone with a cutthroat attitude who doesn’t make a habit of paying it forward.”

In addition to bringing you to the best articles on mentoring each week, MentorCloud’s Web Worthy series will be sharing two articles featuring key business insights from some of the top publications. This week’s insights address the silver lining of a market downturn.

The Takeaway:

  • The Upside of a Downturn in Silicon Valley  by Farhad Manjoo via The New York Times
    • “Some of the most successful tech investments of all time — among them Google and Facebook — came about in Silicon Valley’s lean times. This is a paradox of invention, as well as of investing: Bad times feed good ideas, which in turn lead to good times, which breed complacency, waste and lots of bad business plans.”
  • The Hidden Benefits of a Market Downturn by Graham Winfrey via Inc
    • “Former PayPal executive Roelof Botha credits the downturn-inspired mentality of the early 2000s as responsible for the decision to cut PayPal’s costs and start charging users to use the service. ” ‘That focus was instrumental in PayPal’s survival,’ ” Mr. Botha told the Times. ” ‘We could have been spending money willy-nilly and fallen by the wayside by accident.’ “


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