Mentoring can be one of the most influential, life-changing, inspiring opportunities for both a mentor and mentee. Whether you are a young person starting your career, are older and planning the last phase or your working life, or happen to be somewhere in-between, a mentor can help you discover your path and guide you along the way.
Mentoring is often confused with coaching or instructing resulting in the real value from the relationship being diluted. Mentoring is a skill in its own right, requiring discipline and a generous spirit (only in terms of time!) The process is driven by a mentee who has chosen to work with a mentor to help them develop further. The upside is that mentors usually end up learning as much as the mentee during the process. While the time commitment is small, the impact can be huge.
The Mentoring at Work programme is customised to each organisation’s specific needs. The solution you choose will depend on your resources and capability in this area which means you only need to use the parts you need.
Part 1 – PREPARE FOR SUCCESS
Find the driver of your programme and other key stakeholders
Identify the competencies that will drive success
Identify and engage the mentors and mentees
Establish a process that will work for your organisation
Prepare a communication plan
Part 2 – IMPLEMENT
Matching mentors and mentees
Train the mentors
Train the mentees
Get traction and support
Follow up and drive the process
Part 3 – KEEPING IT REAL AND RELEVANT
Tools to check in on progress and outcomes
Evaluate impact for the individual and for the organisation
Keep the ball rolling
The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.