While mentoring programs are usually initiated by companies rather than individuals, the best relationships spring from a self-made match. Here’s how you can make that happen:
Lend expertise. Enlist technical experts to share their knowledge with older, wiser executives. Example: Match a young computer whiz with a senior officer who wants to learn about e-commerce. If the two hit it off, they can develop a mentoring relationship at their own pace.
Befriend retirees. After respected executives retire, keep in touch. Invite them to attend staff meetings or speak at retreats. Ask if they’ll take calls or respond to e-mail from your employees to give career advice or serve as a sounding board.
Cross-pollinate your teams. Create project groups that include a mix of employees at all levels and departments. You’ll expose workers to high-level execs they might never meet otherwise. This may not result in formal mentoring relationships, but it greases the skids.
Court VIPs. Identify leaders in your community, from executive directors of nonprofit agencies to elected officials. Ask them to serve as guest speakers or tour your facility so that they meet your employees. While one visit won’t lead to a mentoring relationship, a project that results from the visit might.
Circulate employee bios. Ask your staffers to write a few paragraphs on their background. Suggest they mention their birthplace, schooling, interests, etc. Then distribute these bios to senior managers throughout your company. They may find they share the same hobby or hometown. This can bring them together.
Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!
Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...
We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.
The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.
" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/7956/match-mentors-to-workers "
- Class action may be price for policies that invite off-the-Clock work
- Play up your benefit offerings; applicants are skeptical
- Creating a drug-free workplace: How to draft a policy, conduct legal tests
- @Twitterers: Watch what you tweet! @Videographers: Grow up!
- 'Hello, Liability?' The new trend of telephone testing