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.
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 interchangeably. In fact, there are some important distinctions. Here's a great post from ATD's blog on the differences between mentoring and coaching.
Interested in learning more about how mentoring could support your organization's capacity development? Reach out to myself or Susan Combs for an initial discussion around mentoring and how we could support you through our mentor program development and training services.
Have a great start to your week!
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