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You’re Never Too Old to Learn Something New

Learn Something New Every Day

I spoke with CEO of AGC Georgia Michael Dunham the other day about association leadership, career development and mentoring (see his Corner Office profile). Since the vast majority of corporate, government and not-for-profit workers in the U.S. are “at will” employees (i.e., not under contract), I wondered if HR folks were worried about investing in employees who could fly the coop for a better offer on a moment’s notice. Dunham’s response? “The only thing worse than training your people and losing them is not training them and keeping them.” That’s no laughing matter when you’re serving industries like large-scale construction, in which there are five times as many boomers “retiring out” as there are young people stepping in to take their place. While those kinds of demographics can be unsettling, our panel of experts offered concrete steps for attracting and retaining the kinds of talent you need to keep your association growing and relevant. The only thing worse than training your people and losing them is not training them and keeping them.  A strong mentoring program is instrumental to attracting the NextGen and retaining long-timers.  New leaders should really learn the culture of their organizations before trying to implement changes.  If you’re a recent grad, experts say your education is just beginning.    Have a robust job board and online career center Tom Aley, vice president, client management & analytics, Boxwood Career Solutions, said that job boards not only deliver professional advancement opportunities, they drive traffic to association websites. “Most ...

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How to Design a Successful Mentoring Program

Mentoring programs can be worthwhile experiences for both industry up-and-comers and seasoned veterans. Benefits for mentees range from a boost in self-confidence to life-long positive professional impacts, such as learning how to speak up and be heard and understanding how to accept feedback. Mentors have an opportunity to share their knowledge, strengthen their interpersonal skills, and give back to their mentee and the organization.

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