As someone who has been involved in mentoring for almost 3 decades - either as a mentor, in running mentoring processes or designing mentoring programs for clients, I have seen dozens of examples of the transformative power of mentoring. Some of you may know that through a collaboration with my colleague Susan Combs in Michigan, we offer mentoring resources, mentor training and program support using a Coach approach through our Mentor RoadMap(TM) programming.
Today's post takes a look at why mentoring? Why is this a popular, and often overlooked, development modality.
Here are a few of the reasons you may want to consider adding a mentoring component to your learning and development programs:
- Building bench strength within your succession pool
- Connecting people across the silos of an organization or industry
- Building leadership strength and capacity
- Providing both new and experienced leaders/team members with another sounding board, confidential place to explore options/perspectives/best practices
- Little or minimal cost (mostly people's time)
Coaching and mentoring are often talked about in the same breath, with people using the term interchangibly. In fact, there are some important distinctions. Here's a great post from ATD's blog on the differences between mentoring and coaching.
In the next few days I'll be sharing several more posts on mentoring, and you can also look back at what I've written in the past on mentoring here at the Teams365 blog.
Have a great start to your week!
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