Modern Mentoring: Where has this Evolution of Mentoring Led Us?

November 16, 2018

Traditional mentoring is evolving with the advancements in technology that are making their way into the workplace. These evolved types of mentoring have been termed modern mentoring. Modern mentoring has become a popular way for organizations to attract and retain younger generations of employees, as well as keep the older generations up to speed with new technology. It also helps increase the number of people who can participate in a mentoring program by...

  • Improving overall engagement 
  • Implementing a more flexible learning model 
  • Solving geographical challenges 

There are many types of modern mentoring, but we are going to focus on 5. These are...

Flash Mentoring

Flash mentoring is also known as “session-based mentoring.” This is a one-time encounter where an individual meets with an expert with the intent of improving a certain skill. The best use of this mentoring type is to

  • Learn hard skills like how to operate a computer program or improve typing speed
  • Achieve a short-term objective in a low-pressure environment
  • Understand the best practices to fit in with the company culture
  • See if the participants in the relationship are a good fit for a long-term mentoring relationship

Virtual Mentoring;

Virtual mentoring is also known as “distance mentoring.” With this mentoring type, meetings do not happen face-to-face, instead they are done virtually using email, skype, etc. This gives global organizations the advantage of implementing mentoring programs where participants schedules and locations do not have to align. Virtual mentoring is best used to

  • Communicate with a widely dispersed workforce
  • Connect with coworkers when many schedules are unaligned
  • Allow for informal meeting times
  • Provide a large pool of mentors to choose from

Group Mentoring

Group mentoring is a form of mentoring that is done with several participants at one time. The group may be made up of one mentor and several mentees or several mentors and several mentees. It is very useful for

  • Team building and enhancing cooperation
  • Knowledge sharing from many different perspectives and backgrounds

Reverse Mentoring

This mentoring type is a great way to put yourself into someone else’s shoes. Essentially, traditional roles are reversed, and the mentee becomes the mentor, while the mentor becomes the mentee. A successful reverse mentoring relationship facilitates knowledge sharing and sparks an awareness of the perspective of less vs more experienced coworkers. There are several tips to help your participants have a successful reverse mentoring relationship, including...

  • Expectations should be defined for both parties so that the relationship is mutually beneficial
  • Everyone must be willing to learn
  • Get ready to leave your comfort zone, and know that it will be ok
  • Overcome any differences that arise and be transparent with your partner
  • Commit to the relationship

Speed Mentoring

This type of mentoring focuses on short, strategic conversations on specific topics. The mentoring process usually involves an organization hosting an event that allows a mentee to hop from mentor to mentor in about 10-minute intervals. This one-time interaction is only successful when mentees come with targeted and prepared questions. Speed mentoring ultimately allows for...

  • Networking opportunities
  • Finding possible matches for long-term mentoring relationships
  • Gaining knowledge to improve hard or soft skills

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