Social exchange and reciprocity are the foundations for the best mentoring programs. Here, Ellen Ensher shows how the power mentoring (networks of various types of mentoring) can maximize program success, and make formal mentoring programs look and feel like informal relationships.
- There isn't one right way to design a mentoring program.…There are lots of right ways.…In fact, there are so many forms of mentoring programs…that work well, the challenge can be deciding…which forms are the best fit for your organization.…Choice is a good problem to have,…and I'm gonna give you some guidance.…I have three basic assumptions that…I think are essential for successful…formal mentoring programs.…The first assumption is, mentoring relationships…are a social exchange, and they must be…reciprocal and mutually beneficial.…
In other words, both mentors and proteges…need to give and get value from…the relationship and the program.…Mentors and proteges need to feel rewarded…for participating in the program.…Over the years, some clients have told me…that this feels oddly transactional or mean,…but really, it's not so.…In fact, consider most of your successful…relationships at work, or even in your personal life.…
Isn't there always a give and take?…What you exchange with each other…is probably not exactly the same,…
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- The benefits of formal mentoring programs
- The types and purpose of mentoring programs
- Designing a framework and a needs assessment
- Creating a mentoring culture
- Ensuring organizational support
- Choosing participants
- Training essentials for mentors
- Concluding and celebrating your program
- Evaluating your program
- Making your mentoring program last