Mentoring Program Success

July 22, 2014

How to Create a Successful Mentoring Program

You may be considering implementing a mentoring program in your organization or re-vamping an old one that didnít work out as well as you had hoped. In any case, be sure you realize that a successful mentoring program is not something that can just be thrown together.

It takes time and energy to institute a successful mentoring program. Make sure you spend that energy in the right places from the very beginning Ė or else risk a less than successful mentoring program and your own wasted effort.

Donít set yourself up for failure before you even begin. Follow the PIE-M step-by-step approach towards mentoring to ensure the success of your program.

Plan

Kick off your mentoring program right by planning it out beforehand. Just as with any other project, you need to conceptualize mentoring within your organization before you even carry out any of its physical procedures.

  • Establish mentoring as a business strategy
  • Tie mentoring to specific organizational objectives
  • Assess possible challenges so youíre ready
  • Identify measurements and expected outcomes, both from a qualitative and a quantitative basis

In the planning step of PIE-M, you are bringing your program under a microscope to evaluate the entirety of the project before you begin, enabling you to know before you go.

Implement

Now that you have established mentoring within your organization, it is time to start putting all of that planning into action.

  • Ensure there are specific role profiles for your mentors, mentees, managers and administrators alike to ensure expectations are understood and accepted
  • Provide mentoring training to be sure your mentors, mentees, managers and program administrators are able to fulfill their roles. (For more on the importance of mentoring training, read our article ďThe Perils of Skipping Mentoring Training.Ē)

Evaluate

Once you set up your program, now is not the time to leave it to function on its own.

Caution: This is where most mentoring programs fall apart.

Follow the third step in the PIE-M model and evaluate the progress of your program throughout its cycle.

  1. Track the progress of the mentoring partnerships
  2. Gather feedback from the participants
  3. Assess the effectiveness of the program and where the problem areas are as well as the areas where youíre doing things right
  4. Accomplish steps #1 - #3 on a regular basis. Schedule these checkpoints throughout the life of the program to ensure they happen

Manage

Once you take the step of evaluating the progress of your program, follow through by managing the necessary changes. Mentoring technology enables you to take the management of your program to a new level. Such software helps you gather quantitative data, calculate your ROI, and see where essential changes need to be made.

Donít worry if you discover that some areas need some help, as that is what this step is for. Proper management of your program is the best way to avoid failure because it allows you to step in and change things before they go too far downhill.

Envision PIE-M as a cycle, not just a straight through process. Each step is linked to the next in a cohesive way that facilitates the natural process of mentoring.

PIE-M Chart

For further help achieving mentoring program success, see how Insala can help you today.


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