MBA Connecting Mentoring Workshop 2011 Dr Ann Darwin
Purpose of the workshop Develop a shared understanding of mentoring at IGSB Decide if you want to participate Explore communication mediums Kick start the MBA journey Meet learning leaders How to make contact Start conversations
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?
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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 networks....so we need to create networks of collaboration so that we can both give and receive
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 others
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
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?
Enlist support Become a member of MBA Connecting site Contact a learning leader Become part of the network Join a mentoring circle
PEER MENTORING CIRCLES 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.
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
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
Roles and Responsibilities Learning leaders Program coordinator Mahara coordinator Circle members
Important qualities for circle members Know what you want and why Show respect for self and others Give and receive constructive feedback Commit to agreed ground rules Maintain confidentiality Mentor others – consider what you can offer in return
Communication methods Face to face The relationships are formed and developed over a period of time by frequent face to face contacts Virtual The relationships rely on electronic means as the primary method of communication Blend of the above (depending on location and situation)
Virtual mentoring Virtual mentoring – using online platforms A number of benefits A number of challenges
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
Challenges of virtual mentoring Comfort with IT and access Online communication skills Privacy Training Sustaining relationships
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.
Assembling support Current key issues Career planning Assessing my skills Life work balance Improve IT skills Networking Understanding culture People I know Ruth (boss) Barry (HR) Mary (colleague) Tom (staff member) Gerry (executive) Irene (colleague)
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