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Celebrate Mentoring All-Year-Long

January’s “National Mentoring Month” suggested a great mindset for jump starting the year: Mentoring is important to the profession because it’s a way for experienced leaders to give back and help build the next generation of managers. All year long you can become a mentor, find a mentor, or thank a mentor.    I want to take a moment to remind you of all the ICMA resources that were developed as part of National Mentoring Month.    

5 Tweetable Quotes on Mentoring

To help get the word out about the importance of mentoring this blog post presented 5 tweetable quotes from local government leaders discussing how mentoring has impacted their careers. Read the Quotes Here.

January is National Mentoring Month!

To kick off the month Leadership Matters (ICMA’s E-Newsletter) published this article about how you can help promote mentoring.  One important way is to take part in the new ICMA Coaching ProgramRead the Article Here.

What My Mentors Have Taught Me

ICMA Executive Director Bob O’Neil published this article discussing how his mentors have had a profound impact on his career and recommending that everyone in the profession take a moment to thank their mentors. Read the Article Here.

Mentor Thank You Card

ICMA developed this free downloadable thank you card to help mentees all year long show appreciation to their mentors. Download the Thank You Card Here.

5 Questions Every Mentor Must Ask

This blog post highlights what mentors can do to create a strong foundation for their mentees. The right mentor not only provides guidance and encouragement, but also brings out the best in their mentees. Discover the Questions Here.

Challenge 2016: Growing the Future of the Profession

At the 2015 ICMA Annual Conference, ICMA President Pat Martel gave an inspiring speech about why mentoring is important and challenged everyone to be a mentor. Learn More Here.


ICMA has now made it easier for you to mentor someone. Sign up now for the ICMA Coaching Program.


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Douglas Shontz

Knowledge Network Research and Content Development Associate