What Staff Mentoring Is and Isn't

Man pointing at computer screen while woman works, both smilingChecklist: 11 things mentors do.

By Marc Rosenberg
On Staffing

The existence of a mentoring program is a statement by the firm that it doesn’t want to leave the retention, development and success of its staff to chance. Instead, the firm wants to be proactive about helping staff succeed and grow.

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A mentor is a neutral sounding board for the staff person.  Ideally, a mentor should not be a staff person’s supervisor on work projects.

A mentor helps staff navigate office politics and shows them the ropes, helping guide them to their next roles.

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Marc Rosenberg

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Marc Rosenberg, CPA, is a nationally known consultant, author and speaker on CPA firm management, strategy, and partner issues.

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President of his own Chicago-based consulting firm, The Rosenberg Associates, he is founder of the most authoritative annual survey of mid-sized CPA firm performance statistics in the country, The Rosenberg Survey. He has consulted with hundreds of firms throughout his 20+ year consulting career. Accounting Today has acknowledged Marc Rosenberg as one of Top 100 Most Influential People in the CPA profession for the past 11 consecutive years and INSIDE Public Accounting has repeatedly recognized him as one of the Ten Most Recommended CPA Firm Consultants.

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