We’ve curated the top articles we’ve read on mentoring, so you can spend less time hoping to ingest everything, and more time on consuming the right things.

Here are our eight most valuable articles to read before the summer is up!

Why Can’t Companies Get Mentorship Programs Right?

Mel Jones cuts straight to the point: As much as corporations like to think mentoring is a Band-Aid for all injuries, a poorly run mentoring program can do more harm than good. Jones explains how to avoid mistakes that usually derail mentoring programs, including insight from NASA’s mentoring program manager and how NASA crafted a thriving program in one of the most honest looks at mentoring in our modern workplace. Read the full Atlantic article

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Why Mentoring Millennial Women Could Be the Key to The C-Suite

With a clear shortage of women in leadership positions, Kaytie Zimmerman calls out the gender stereotypes that might cause women to be unconsciously overlooked. This article breaks down the traits that society associates with men and women, and which ones break down the road to a woman’s career advancement. Through mentoring, Zimmerman explains how these stereotypes and, often misconceptions, can be overcome. Read the full Forbes article

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6 Steps to Mentoring Program Success

Sharing best practices is not just about handing out tips, it’s also about sharing examples. In this article, author Lauren Trees points out not just what mentoring programs should do, but also how real programs have accomplished impressive goals, like Cardinal Health’s creation of different mentoring programs to serve skill development and leadership versus diversity empowerment. These anecdotes give readers a more literal representation to compare themselves to and strive for. Read the full ATD article

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Make 2017 The Year to Get Serious About Mentoring

It’s no secret we’re fans of mentoring, but what makes this listicle especially relevant is how Meghan Biro asserts that mentoring is no longer something that can be left to the informal and passive initiatives of organizations and human resources. You’ll learn the importance of being intentional about mentoring programs in order to make sure they’re successful for employees and corporations. Read the full Forbes article

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Mentoring Women Matters

Rosina Racioppi’s article illustrates the three specific areas of a woman’s career, especially in the mid-career stage, where mentoring can be impactful. Bonus points: Racioppi notes the added benefits of understanding and clarity men who mentor women receive that can change thinking patterns in corporation leadership moving forward. Read the full CLO article

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Mentoring Matters: How More Women Can Get the Right People in Their Corner

Margie Warrell offers six steps women can take in landing themselves the proper mentor. But she also hits on a very important point: As women see less of themselves in leadership and have less access to senior leaders, they start to lose steam in trying to reach the top ranks. This diminishing ambition could be a domino effect for other women who feel the fight to the finish is becoming less worth the sweat. Read the full Forbes article

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How HR Can Support Reverse Mentoring

As a guide, Tamara Lytle’s article speaks directly to the HR Manager implementing and incentivizing the mentoring programs at an organization. She explores the ways HR can play a powerfully active role in making sure mentoring programs not only succeed, but also have the proper foundation on which to incentivize and motivate senior leaders to want to be mentored by junior associates and even new hires. Learn how HR can play a pivotal role in connecting the dots between the benefits of reverse mentoring and the company’s improved bottom line.  Read the full SHRM article

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Four Key Benefits of Workplace Mentoring Initiatives

Mentoring is great for improving employees’ skills and collaboration efforts, but what Julie Kantor’s article really gets down to is the brass tacks: reducing turnover rates. Kantor describes how and why mentoring is such an effective tool when it comes to making sure your employees are sticking around for longer than the end of the year bonus. Executive management cares about the bottom line, and Kantor makes a compelling case for the ROI of mentoring. Read the full Huffington Post article

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