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Breathing the Same Air Is Not Enough
A high-impact mentoring experience is marked by four key pillars: rationale for mentee-mentor matching based on mentee development needs, participant training, monitoring and targeted content to drive conversations. Each of these elements increases engagement and impact.“Mentoring needs to be approached with intention and structure,” Hicks said. “Structure includes a variety of components, from the deliberate matching of mentor and mentee based on needs and experiences, to mapping milestones in the overall mentoring relationship timeline, to the deliberate understanding of a mentee’s strengths, areas of opportunity, career aspirations and perceived roadblocks.” With these elements as the foundation, goals can be identified, an action plan established and measures for success selected. Topical issues will occur, but the conversations should circle back to the main focus — the mentees’ goals and how to move forward to achieve them. Matching, training and monitoring program elements can increase mentee and mentor engagement by as much as 40 percent, according to a 2010 study by Pathbuilders, a mentoring company (Editor’s note: The author works for Pathbuilders). The most impactful mentee-mentor matching focuses on the mentee’s developmental needs rather than a match based on title, role or function. For example, mentees with strong financial acumen interested in a CFO position can be better served being matched with an expert in interpersonal communications instead of someone whose strengths and weaknesses align with their own. CFOs may have taken a path to their role so different from the mentees’ that their insights may be less relevant than other mentors. Third-party management can provide insight on matching and creating partnerships that insiders might not consider. Skilled outside interviewers can objectively assess a mentee without being impacted by brand or reputation.
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