Tips For Building An Effective Mentoring Program

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Talisa Thomas_Hall provides quick tips for developing an effective and active mentoring program. For complete guidelines send a request to BrightIdeas@TheCEOnet.com or visit www.THECEOnet.com.

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Tips For Building An Effective Mentoring Program

  1. 1. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />Talisa Thomas-Hall, Principal<br />The Center for Effective Organizations (The CEO) <br />…Bringing Your Vision To Life.<br />www.theceonet.com<br />brightideas@theceonet.com<br />
  2. 2. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />Mentoring programs can be a major benefit or an unproductive use of time depending on the members' response and use of the program. <br />The following tips will help guide you in developing a mentoring program that is specifically designed to fit the unique culture of your particular constituents. <br />www.TheCEOnet.com<br />
  3. 3. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />Identify the needs/expectations of the mentees to help prepare the mentors for their commitment and to help manage the expectations of the mentees.<br />www.TheCEOnet.com<br />
  4. 4. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />Define the most effective method(s) of connecting the mentors with mentees. Opportunity.<br />www.TheCEOnet.com<br />
  5. 5. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />Define the mentor/mentee relationship (one-on-one or in a social networking platform? For how long: as a conference introduction, a new member introduction, or a more long-term commitment?)<br />www.TheCEOnet.com<br />
  6. 6. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />What would be compelling for the mentors? How can you encourage their participation and commitment to the program? Incentives?<br />www.TheCEOnet.com<br />
  7. 7. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />What is the staff's time commitment for managing the program?<br />www.TheCEOnet.com<br />
  8. 8. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />How can social media tools/technology be used to help manage the mentor/mentee relationship and information sharing? Think out of the box.<br />www.TheCEOnet.com<br />
  9. 9. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />Consider developing a concise mentor handbook which will help to consistently train mentors, alleviate apprehensions about committing to be a mentor and help to provide a more structured mentoring program.<br />www.TheCEOnet.com<br />
  10. 10. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />Concerning all of the above, consider the culture of your organization and works best for your members/constituents.<br />www.TheCEOnet.com<br />
  11. 11. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />Once you've developed the program, introduce it in a big way. Do a call for mentors using the answers to #4. <br /> Example: "Support your peers...", "Share your knowledge...", "Calling all leaders in the profession...", "Share your membership experience with a new member colleague..."<br />www.TheCEOnet.com<br />
  12. 12. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />Likewise, identify those needing mentoring. Provide an easy way for them to sign up to be a mentee. <br />www.TheCEOnet.com<br />
  13. 13. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />Consider partnering with your local, state, or regional chapters/affiliates to help introduce and manage the program. Geographic mentoring programs are sometimes much easier to manage and offer the opportunity to build a local community.<br />www.TheCEOnet.com<br />
  14. 14. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />Send periodic reminders to mentors spotlighting a tip from the Mentors' manual and encouraging them to connect with their mentee. Basing these communications around an association event, activity or new product introduction or article provides a good talking point and helps to ease communication and information sharing. <br />www.TheCEOnet.com<br />
  15. 15. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />Evaluate your program and make adjustments as needed...Keep it fresh! Include signup information in new member packages, newsletters, on the website and other networking tools.<br />www.TheCEOnet.com<br />
  16. 16. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />Encourage mentees to eventually transition into mentors.<br />www.TheCEOnet.com<br />
  17. 17. Tips For Building an Effective Mentoring Program<br />Ready to begin developing your mentoring program? <br />The CEO can help:<br />Identify the needs and solutions for addressing them<br />Produce a Mentorship Manual<br />Provide training to staff and volunteers<br />Create a launch campaign for the new program.<br />For these and other solutions to your organization’s needs Contact Talisa Thomas-Hall brightideas@theceonet.com<br />…Bringing Your Vision to Life<br />www.TheCEOnet.com<br />

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