What’s lacking in 38% of mentoring programs?

In a recent poll, 38% of mentoring program managers said they provided no training at all for participants. So, it’s a not uncommon but a potentially fatal flaw of mentoring programs.

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Why Train Mentors?

Even experienced mentors need an orientation to the objectives of a particular program and it is useful for them to meet and become part of the network of mentors and mentorees.

They also need the opportunity to raise issues and concerns and have their questions answered. It is particularly important for mentors to understand the strategic value of the program and that their contribution benefits the individual but also contributes to building the capability of the organization.

Do Mentorees Need training Too?

Mentorees need to be primed to get the most from the mentoring relationship. It’s helpful for them to clarify their goals and understand their responsibilities before meeting their mentor.

Depending on the purpose of the mentoring, they may need some preparation with career development strategies, communication skills or self-awareness.

Can You Bring Mentors and Mentorees Together?

In a joint workshop, you can facilitate their first mentoring meeting and discussion of expectations, in an environment that ensures the best chance of them getting off to a good start and a productive relationship. You can also develop strategies for dealing with problems and provide guidelines for maintaining the relationship.

In short, if you are investing in a mentoring program, don’t neglect to prepare participants to get the most from it.

So, how can you train, educate and develop participants to make the most of mentoring?

Join me for our next interactive online webinar: How To Train Your Mentors and Mentorees 3 July 2015, 12 noon Sydney time.

In this webinar we’ll cover:

  1. Why train mentoring participants
  2. What they need to know
  3. How to deliver training, education and development throughout your mentoring program

And, we’ll answer your questions about how to help mentors and mentorees be the best they can be. Register now.

Webinars are broadcast live at 12 noon from Sydney, Australia. Check your local time here.

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About Ann Rolfe

Ann Rolfe is internationally recognised as Australia's leading specialist in mentoring, and is available for speaking, training and consulting. Here Ann shares her knowledge and allows you to ask your most pressing questions about mentoring.

2 Responses to “What’s lacking in 38% of mentoring programs?”

  1. Lavish Skin September 11, 2015 9:16 am #

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  2. Paul June 29, 2015 11:16 pm #

    How do you think this fits in with micro mentoring, Ann? Which is obviously less structured and more task specific, e.g. a mentor’s knowledge of fitting out a cafe is more important to the mentoree than their proficiency in delivering mentorship.

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