Horizontal Thinking in a Vertical World

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What role can a horizontal mentor play in your professional development? Have you ever even heard of a horizontal mentor?

Horizontal Mentors are those professional peers to whom one can turn for deeper and more frank discussions, whose advice and judgment about professional and career questions one seeks and values, and whom one can call on for support. The recent rise of "horizontal" mentoring provides the opportunity to build multiple relationships within a professional network and gain insights and advice from colleagues and peers in various capacities.

Members of the Getty Leadership Institute's NextGen Class of 2011 led a roundtable discussion during the American Alliance of Museums 2013 Annual Meeting on this topic.

Discussion facilitators:
Dana Allen-Greil
David Heiser
Julie Johnson
Kathryn Speckart
Laurie Fink
Megan Smith
Ryan Hill
Stephanie Parrish
Suzanne Sarraf
Victoria Glazomitsky
Virgil Talaid

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Horizontal Thinking in a Vertical World

  1. 1. +Horizontal Thinking in aVertical WorldMay 22, 2013 | 10:15 am-11:30 amBaltimore Convention Center , 328The Getty LeadershipInstitute’s NextGenClass of 2011 willfacilitate adiscussion abouthorizontal mentoring.
  2. 2. Moderator:    Julie  I  Johnson,  Co-­‐Founder  and  Owner,  J2R2  Leadership,  &  Change  Associates,  LLC    Presenters:  Laurie  Fink  -­‐  Director  of  Science  Programs,  Science  Museum  of  Minnesota,  Saint  Paul,  MN      Stephanie  Parrish  -­‐  Associate  Director  of  EducaGon  &  Public  Programs,  Portland  Art  Museum;    David  Heiser  -­‐  Head  of  EducaGon  and  Outreach,  Yale  Peabody  Museum  of  Natural  History,  New  Haven,  CT      Kathryn  Speckart  -­‐  CollecGons  Manager,  U.S.  Diplomacy  Center  Department  of  State;    Victoria  Glazomitsky  -­‐  Special  Projects  Assistant  to  CEO,  Peabody  Essex  Museum;    Ryan  Hill  -­‐  ART  LAB  +  Program  Specialist,  Hirshhorn  Museum  and  Sculpture  Garden  Smithsonian  InsGtuGon,  Washington,  DC      Megan  Smith  -­‐  EducaGon  Specialist,  NaGonal  Museum  of  American  History,  Washington,  DC      Suzanne  Sarraf  -­‐  Web  Designer,  NaGonal  Gallery  of  Art,  Washington,  DC    Dana  Allen-­‐Greil  -­‐  EducaGon  Technologist,  NaGonal  Gallery  of  Art,  Washington,  DC    
  3. 3. +The ChallengeMuseum professionals inboth large and smallinstitutions may sometimesfeel isolated, lost in thebureaucracy, or unsure ofhow to take the next steps intheir career paths.“The professionalenvironment is lessof a ladder andmore of a junglegym”—Sheryl Sandberg
  4. 4. +The Solution? MentoringA mentor is often thought of as someone with great knowledge and significantexperience in his/her specialty who takes on an apprentice to train and bring up inthe profession. This traditional form of vertical mentoring is becoming lesscommon as more and more new and mid-level professionals seek out peer orhorizontal mentors.
  5. 5. +What is a Horizontal Mentor?Horizontal Mentors are those professional peers to whom one can turn for deeperand more frank discussions, whose advice and judgment about professional andcareer questions one seeks and values, and whom one can call on for support.
  6. 6. +Surveyn  Goal: To collect input on thestate of mentoring in themuseum field.n  Open March 28-May 25, 2013n  Promoted on platforms formuseum professionals:n  LinkedInn  Facebookn  Twittern  Listservsn  275 responses
  7. 7. +Have you ever had…Any type of significant mentor? A horizontal mentor?Yes73%No27%Yes59%No26%NotSure15%
  8. 8. +Why so many unsure?n  I have colleagues I ask for advice on specific topics, but dontthink of them as mentors. Just another eye on a singular topic,not long term peer mentoring relationships. I think of them asfriends.n  I have colleagues at my institution and others who inspire me,and who I go to for guidance, but I dont know if theyd qualify as"mentors."n  I think professional peers are all horizontal mentors.Lack of clear definition
  9. 9. +Those who have not had a horizontalmentor said:No onewho willfit thatrole.53%Other47%n  Have not sought it out / given it muchthoughtn  I didn’t know this was somethingpeople didn  Not sure whom to approach or how toframe requestn  Hard to find the right person with timeand energyn  Not sure how to cultivate therelationship into an effective onen  Takes timen  Hard to network without funds for travel
  10. 10. +Which topics would you be likely toseek guidance on?0 50 100 150 200 250Career growthTechnologyTransparency in museumsDemographic changes/museum audiencesOtherFundraising
  11. 11. +“Other” topicsn  Work/life balancen  Managing up, across, and downn  Incompetent/ineffective leadershipn  Navigating office politicsn  Problem-solvingn  Different perspectivesn  Networkingn  Program ideasn  Strategic planningn  Community engagementn  Marketingn  Sustainabilityn  Museum operationsn  Social media strategiesn  Evaluationn  Collections managementn  References for contractorsSoft Skills Specifics
  12. 12. +What is the primary benefit of seekingand cultivating horizontal mentors?n  Safe, less intimidatingn  Honest discussion, no judgmentn  Keep pace with what’s changing in the fieldn  Mutually beneficialn  Objective advicen  Access a knowledge basen  Feel more connected, less isolatedn  Helpful to see how similar issues play out in different institutionsn  ·Foster greater collaborationn  Source of new ideas
  13. 13. +How?-Technology-Work Life Balance-Horizontal Mentoring Through Generations-Horizontal Mentoring Group (vs. one-on-one)
  14. 14. +How? Technology-Linkedin-Blogs-Twitter-Facebook-Wiggio-Google
  15. 15. + How? Work Life Balance
  16. 16. + How? Horizontal Mentoring ThroughGenerations
  17. 17. +How? Horizontal Mentoring Group (vs. one-on-one)-
  18. 18. +Break Out GroupsHow can you use what you have, what you have learned, and what you know tofacilitate a mentoring relationship and environment?
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  20. 20. +Reflection•  Has this conference session made you think differently about mentoring?•  What are you getting out of your mentoring relationships?•  What are you giving?•  Can you foresee evolving your relationships into stronger horizontalmentorship?
  21. 21. +Wrap Up
  22. 22. +Did you know…?
  23. 23. +Horizontal Thinking in aVertical WorldMay 22, 2013 | 10:15 am-11:30 amBaltimore Convention Center , 328Thankyou!

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