FORMAL VS INFORMAL MENTORING

formalThere is SO much talk about mentoring now: for children; for teenagers; for beginning careers; for advancing careers.

But a lot of the language is about INFORMAL mentoring, more like role modeling, or a kind of “follow the leader.” With FORMAL mentoring though, a serious program has a real calendar and lasting, measurable impact.  Formal mentoring programs really can help you get around the dance floor of life.

A formal program for adults within organizations begins with intense orientation for both mentors and mentees. Goals are set with the mentoring partners in agreement. A structure is put in place. A process is visible, conscious and ongoing. It has structure without strangulation. Alignment between the organization, its stakeholders and the ones being mentored is sought, while the strengths and gifts of the mentees are encouraged and expanded.

Often, mentees are asked to reach BEYOND their comfort levels. There is actually a kind of contract between the mentor and mentee pairs, that supports regular meetings and makes space for growth and development. The benefits of a formal mentoring program can actually be measured and observed.

Formal mentoring moves people from “having a model” to “becoming a model” in working to develop others!

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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