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Mentoring program in practice – how to use it, and why should you implement it in your organization?

Mentoring has been a very popular trend recently. If you are wondering what makes it so popular and you are considering giving in to this trend, then this article is for you. You will find out who can benefit most from mentoring, how to consciously use it to develop your organization, and… last but not least, what you can get out of it for yourself, regardless of your role within the company.

Mentoring – what is it and how it stands out among other development tools?

Mentoring has been a very popular trend recently. If you are wondering what makes it so popular and you are considering giving in to this trend, then this article is for you. You will find out who can benefit most from mentoring, how to consciously use it to develop your organization, and… last but not least, what you can get out of it for yourself, regardless of your role within the company.

Let’s begin by explaining the term. Although the concept of mentoring in business has begun to grow and flourish intensively in recent years, its roots can be traced back to the ancient story of Odysseus, who handed over his son Telemachus to the care of the mythical Mentor before sailing off to the Trojan War. By condensing many available definitions of mentoring into one, for the purposes of the article, this explanation can be adopted:

Mentoring is first and foremost a process based on a relationship between the mentor and the mentee, in which the former accompanies the latter in their development in the broadest sense of the term, supports them with knowledge and experience, but leaves them room for independent choices and decisions.

Mentoring versus coaching

Sometimes mentoring and coaching are treated as the same thing. Wrongly so. While mentoring uses elements and tools of coaching, it also includes giving advice and guidance by a mentor, sharing knowledge, and experience along with demonstrating desired attitudes – these elements are not present in coaching. Coaching focuses on achieving the client’s goals, based fully on the client’s potential and resources. In mentoring, the possibility of using the mentor’s resources comes into play.

Mentoring in the organization – how to use its potential?

The implementation of a mentoring program provides several tangible benefits for the company. The key benefits include:

  • Using the full potential of experienced employees. Not everyone in the organization can become a manager. Nor does everyone want to. But everyone who has been accumulating knowledge and experience over the years can share it differently if they present the right attitude and willingness and are provided with certain tools.
  • Increase in satisfaction. Mentoring is a perfect way to appreciate more experienced employees while offering them additional development opportunities and giving them a chance to prove themselves in a new role.
  • Effective development of individuals and relationship building. Mentoring, as a one-to-one relationship, provides a very individual approach to the employee and enables them to benefit precisely from the areas of knowledge and experience of the mentor that they exactly need. If we add to this the building a relationship, which is the basis of the process, we get one of the most effective and beautiful development methods.
  • Cost optimization. As a result of the above-mentioned 100% adjustment of developmental content to the recipient, mentoring – in comparison to typical training – is also characterized by the highest cost- An additional advantage of this solution is the formula combining theory, i.e. knowledge, with practice, i.e. the mentor’s experience gained in the course of their professional development.
  • Using the potential of diversity. The exchange of perspectives between a mentor and a mentee, who are usually different in age, experience, stage in life, and therefore world view, brings the desired diversity to foster innovation in the organization. Appropriate use of this aspect can be one of the company’s significant competitive advantages.
Mentoring in your company – where to start

How do you get started with mentoring so that your company benefits from it? The basis for success is the proper implementation of a mentoring program in the organization – we will soon devote a dedicated article to this topic. However, if, as a company, we do not have our program and we do not have the resources to set it up at the moment, what remains for us is to consider external mentoring. Will this solution work for your company? In what specific situations can you benefit by choosing independent mentors? Where to look for them and how to find the right ones?

The answers to these questions can be found in the second part of the article. To access them, please fill in the contact form below.

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