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  • 1. MBA Connecting
    Mentoring Workshop 2011
    Dr Ann Darwin
  • 2. Purpose of the workshop
    Develop a shared understanding of mentoring at IGSB
    Decide if you want to participate
    Explore communication
    Kick start the MBA journey
    Meet learning leaders
    How to make contact
    Start conversations
  • 3. Mentoring – a strategy for success
    Mentoring has long been regarded as an important strategy for career success
    Studies have shown that mentoring leads to:
    - enhanced career advancement
    - higher salaries
    - leadership success
    - personal learning
    How many of you have a mentor?
  • 4. A conversation on mentoring at work
    Think about your own mentoring experiences
    Pair with another and share your stories and outcomes
    Share key ideas with class
  • 5. Why mentoring at IGSB?
    “I have found adjusting to being a student again a great challenge. Mentoring could aid the transition and kick start the successful move to becoming and remaining an MBA student with UniSA”
    MBA student at IGSB, 2010
  • 6. Design of MBA Connecting
    Conversations with over 300 students in 2010
    Trials with new MBA students (including online) in 2011
    Length of the formal program is 12 weeks
    Blend of face to face and virtual (Mahara)
    Formative evaluation
  • 7. Our Vision
    To provide all new MBA students
    with the opportunity
    to kick start their learning,
    with the support of
    fellow students
    and learning leaders (mentors)
  • 8. What the program offers…….
    An opportunity for new students to maximise their MBA learning experience
    Developing a support network of peers and graduates early in the program
    Providing a professional networking forum to enable virtual as well as face to face conversations
  • 9. Developmental NetworkMentoring Model
    While having a mentor
    is still considered by
    many as an important
    ingredient for career
    success the classic recipe has
    passed its due by date….
    These days you need a network
  • 10. Social Networking and Mentoring
    People learn from other people through relationships
    They want to connect with people when they have something new to learn
    They want to connect with people who can guide them to where they want to go
    Many of us get locked into we need to create networks of collaboration so that we can both give and receive
  • 11. Steps in creating a developmental network
    Take control of your own personal development
    Know what youwant to develop and learn
    Write down goals
    Enlist support
    Develop networks
    Learn to mentor
  • 12. Take control of your own personal development
    “In order to fully benefit from an MBA, we believe students have to take control of their own personal development. If they do, they will be far more likely to benefit as both individuals and managers.”
    Dainty and Anderson, 2008
  • 13. Initial questions for reflection
    In what way do I see myself being different in the future?
    What new knowledge and skills do I need in order to progress?
    How great is the gap between where I want to be and where I am now?
    Which are the most important gaps that need to be filled?
  • 14. Enlist support
    Become a member of MBA Connecting site
    Contact a learning leader
    Become part of the network
    Join a mentoring circle
    A mentoring circle is a group of new MBA students with a common purpose, who take active responsibility for developing each other and themselves. Each circle has a learning leader (an MBA graduate) to help kick start the process.
    Topics are initiated by circle members and may include career, professional and personal issues. The art of mentoring is learned by each member of the circle.
  • 16. Purpose of mentoring circles
    Share knowledge and skills with peers to
    further functional and personal capabilities
    Generate different leadership perspectives
    Learn about different organisations and management styles
    Develop interpersonal skills
    Advance careers
    Give back to others
  • 17. Group Development Model
    Three stages
    1 Achieving the task (3 months)
    This is the length of our formal mentoring program in which you have the support of an alumni
    2 Building the group
    3 Developing as individuals
  • 18. Roles and Responsibilities
    Learning leaders
    Program coordinator
    Mahara coordinator
    Circle members
  • 19. Important qualities for circle members
    Know what you want and why
    Show respect for self and others
    Give and receive constructive
    Commit to agreed ground rules
    Maintain confidentiality
    Mentor others – consider what you can offer in return
  • 20. Communication methods
    Face to face
    The relationships are formed and developed over a period of time by frequent face to face contacts
    The relationships rely on electronic means as the primary method of communication
    Blend of the above
    (depending on location and situation)
  • 21. Virtual mentoring
    Virtual mentoring – using online platforms
    A number of benefits
    A number of challenges
  • 22. Benefits of virtual mentoring
    Any time
    Any place
    Skill development (writing, teamwork, communication)
    Time easier to manage
    Record kept of discussions – aids reflective learning
    Learning communities
  • 23. Challenges of virtual mentoring
    Comfort with IT and access
    Online communication skills
  • 24. Your Advisory Board
    Look at your Circle members
    as your own personal
    Advisory Board. They might
    also help you to increase your
    Networks outside of the Circle.
  • 25. Assembling support
    Current key issues
    Career planning
    Assessing my skills
    Life work balance
    Improve IT skills
    Understanding culture
    People I know
    Ruth (boss)
    Barry (HR)
    Mary (colleague)
    Tom (staff member)
    Gerry (executive)
    Irene (colleague)
  • 26. ACTIONS
    1. Decide what’s best for you
    2. Become a member of MBA Connecting
    3. Connect with a learning leader and/or fellow students