"A partnership in which a mentee is assisted in making significant advances in knowledge, perspective and vision in order to develop their full potential; the mentor’s wisdom is utilised by the mentee to facilitate and enhance new learning and insight."
The mentor’s focus is the development of the learner, and about passing on personalised, domain-specific knowledge. Mentors help to set the agenda, their primary aim to develop an individual or small group to learn more comprehensively from their day-to-day working experience.
Both partners in the mentoring relationship benefit. Learning is a lifelong process. One of the most effective ways to learn is to assist in the development of others. Good teachers learn much from their students, coaches learn from clients and partners in any successful relationship grow and develop along the way.
Mentoring happens in all organisations whether it is fostered as a development strategy, allowed or encouraged as an informal process, or as an activity that occurs below the consciousness of individuals. People learn from each other every day, adopting modelled behaviours and attitudes and absorbing the culture and perceived values of the organisation through their personal interactions with co-workers.
At CoachMatching, we recognize the benefits of human experience and wisdom. Sometimes it is beneficial to just talk things through with someone who has been through experiences in life and business and walked the path. It can be useful for clients to gain skills knowledge and acquire competencies for just in time learning.
We find that mentoring is extremely beneficial when run as an in house programme to develop specific skills and as such have created a mentors/mentee training programme that enables individuals within an organisation to acquire the knowledge and skills required.
Benefits of Mentoring:
A more formal mentoring approach can create an atmosphere where people experience the following benefits:
- Increase in morale and motivation
- Greater productivity
- Discovery of talent
- Development of leadership for future survival and prosperity
- Communication of values, goals and plans
- Demonstration of personal and professional standards
- Achievement of excellent service
- Implementation of equity initiatives
- Fostering of shared values and team work
- Enhancement of leadership and people management skills of managers
- Re energise managers
- Increase in staff satisfaction
- Building a learning organisation