Shaping a Mentoring Culture

The most effective way to create a mentoring culture is to build and sustain clearly planned mentoring initiatives.

Most successful mentoring initiatives have two things in common:

  •        They directly reflect and support the organization’s strategic objectives.
  •        They are sustained over time.

Putting together a mentoring initiative is not about avoiding failure. It is about putting together a process that shapes success and makes ultimate success to the organization. It is not about “getting a program going.” It is about making it relevant and making it last.

A careful study of successful mentoring programs demonstrates that these principles had been addressed seriously in each.

  A plan that drives the program

  •  A clear business case tied to strategic direction of the organization.
  •  Specific 1- and 3-year objectives for the program.
  •  Well-defined selection criteria for mentors and mentees.
  • A transparent matching process based on mentee needs and mentor talents and experience.

  Supports in place to sustain the plan

  • A committed and actively involved mentoring planning/steering committee.
  •  A mentoring coordinator with the time, resources and passion to maximize the impact of mentoring on talent development.

  Education and skill-building on participants’ expectations

  • A rigorous orientation and training program for mentors and mentees focusing on the mind-set and skill-set essential for both.
  • An established process for evaluating the effectiveness of the mentoring program in the organization.

  Organizational support

  • A communication process to inform and build support at all levels of the organization.

About Mentoring Moments

Perrrone-Ambrose Associates specializes in assisting organizations of all sizes and missions to provide mentoring to their employees at every level. We accomplish this by creating mentoring systems and training strategies and programs for mentors and their mentees in establishing helping relationships. We started this blog with objective of sharing what we continue to discover about the mentoring process and by providing a clearinghouse for sharing our readers' experiences in the world of mentoring.

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