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Mentoring - empowering women for the future

  1. 1. Mentoring - empowering women for the future ”EQUALITY MEANS BUSINESS” Istanbul event Istanbul Bilgi University
  2. 2. You Can Be Whatever You Want To Be ”There is inside you all of the potential to be whatever you want to be - all of the energy to do whatever you want to do. Imagine yourself as you would like to be, doing what you want to do, and each day, take one step towards your dream. And though at times it may seem too difficult to continue, hold on to your dream. One morning you will awake to find that you are the person you dreamed of - doing what you wanted to do - simply because you had the courage to believe in your potential and to hold on to your dream” by Donna Levine
  3. 3. Roots in mythology of Greek’s Odyseus, king of Ithaka, did hand over his son Thelemakhos to goddess Athene, when he left to the war of Troja. Athene took the form of Odyseus’s friend called Mentor, the role was to help, guide and train youngster to his task - kingship Greeks had very strong belief to this kind of relationship between senior and junior, key to civilization survival: young will learn skills, customs and values directly from such person, which he/she respects
  4. 4. Exercise Think of someone who helped you to develop (or someone who mentored you in special way) What were your initial expectations of the person and the relationship? Did your expectations start out positive or grow as the relationship started to succeed? What were your behaviors that influenced the positive responses of your partner? What did this person seem to expect of you? How did you react to these expectations?
  5. 5. GOOD MENTORS ARE OPEN ABOUT THEMSELVES, OPEN ABOUT THE BUSINESS, OBTAIN FEEDBACK, PROBE, SURPRISE THE MENTEE, ARE COUNSELLORS, MAKE IT TWO WAY, ARE CARING, HUMAN, AVAILABLE, COMMITTED, GOOD LISTENERS
  6. 6. MENTORING NOWADAYS Mentoring involves primarily listening with empathy, sharing experience (usually mutually), professional friendship, developing insight through reflection, being a sounding board, encouraging. - David Clutterbuck Mentoring is a long term relationship that meets a development need, helps develop full potential, and benefits all partners, mentor, mentee and the organisation. - Suzanne Faure
  7. 7. MENTORING NOWADAYS Mentoring is a mutual relationship with an intentional agenda designed to convey specific content along with life wisdom from one individual to another. Mentoring does not happen by accident, nor do its benefits come quickly. - Thomas Addington and Stephen Graves Mentoring is a one-to-one, non-judgemental relationship in which an individual voluntarily gives time to support and encourage another. This is typically developed at a time of transition in the mentee's life and lasts for a significant and sustained period of time. - Active Community Unit
  8. 8. A MENTOR WILL FILL MANY DIFFERENT ROLES – ROLE MODEL - A mentee will observe the mentor as an adult, employee, citizen, and community member. – ADVISOR - The mentor will provide information and expertise in a particular area in order to aid the mentee in making informed decisions. – COACH - The mentor will help the student learn specific skills about their job and the workplace. – COUNSELOR - The mentor will have opportunities to help the student think through career, personal, and academic questions. • EVALUATOR - The mentor will monitor the mentee's performance and offer constructive feedback about his/her progress.
  9. 9. Academic ”world” Older students help younger students cope with peer pressure University alumni provide guidance to students seeking business careers Experienced faculty members assist their newer colleagues, mentoring has given them a very positive attitude to the university Peer mentoring - two colleagues mentor each other In academic medicine women with mentors report more publications and more time spent on research activity than those without mentors. Women with a role model reported higher overall career satisfaction.
  10. 10. THE MAIN HEADINGS OF THE MENTORING CONTRACT ARE A ’NO FAULT’ OPT-OUT CLAUSE, A TWO- WAY PROCESS WHAT WE ARE PREPARED TO DO / TALK ABOUT EACH OTHER’S EXPECTATIONS TIME ISSUES: HOW MUCH, WHEN, IN WORKTIME / PLACE OR NOT MANAGING THE LINE MANAGER RELATIONSHIP
  11. 11. THE MAIN HEADINGS OF THE MENTORING CONTRACT ARE PERCEPTIONS AND SUBTLETY COPING WHIT ENVY / GOSSIP CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE RELATIONSHIP – TRUST / CONFIDENCE NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES HANDLING FEEDBACK LEARNING ABOUT OTHER ASPECTS OF THE ORGANIZATION • LIFE AFTER ’THE END’
  12. 12. Women and the mentoring relationship it has been said that women in mentoring relationships have greater job satisfaction than women whitout mentors a mentor can significantly accelerate a woman’s professional development compared to that of women whitout mentors mentors are important in introducing women to the organization’s power structure, formal and informal. women may face different problems to men in mentoring relationships
  13. 13. Women and the mentoring relationship women mentors are in short supply at very senior level. the gender of the mentor is less important to success than their quality as mentors. the mentors should be aware of their own style and behaviour and those of the mentees. participants need to be prepared to counter office gossip and jealousies Women's mentoring is more about commitment than about chemistry. It's about personal growth and development rather than about promotions and plums. And it's more about learning than power.
  14. 14. Thoughts of an anonymous aborigin woman from Australia. "If you have come to help me, you are vasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together" Women executives assist other women to break the "glass ceiling"
  15. 15. Business Mentor Program The mentors are experienced and successful senior business managers. Many of them are retired from their full-time work. The mentors are willing to offer their own professional experience and know-how for the benefit of small local companies and help new entrepreneurs starting. Cherie Blair Foundation Mentor is an unique opportunity for supporting women entrepreneurs across the globe and helping to close the gender gap in the SME sector
  16. 16. Florence Awasom, Cameroon To help others walk along a path that they (mentors) have already cleared. But, it is easier if you can begin your journey on a cleared path!"
  17. 17.  GROUP MENTORING Group mentoring - one mentor meets with several mentees Group-group peer mentoring Can be efficient, promotes diversity • no a vibrant culture
  18. 18. Reverse Mentoring The more junior person is the mentor It is usually used when elder employees need to understand operations or technology that can be shared by shop floor, front-line or tech-savvy employees It needs ability to create and maintain an attitude of openness to the experience and dissolve the barriers of status, power and position.
  19. 19. MIND HEART BODY SOUL Skills & Knowledge Values & Beliefs Feelings&Attitudes Im age& W ell-being
  20. 20. Networking is a prime component In the future, information is power The larger your Network, the better your chance of finding out exactly what you need to know Knowing whom to call is almost as good as knowing! Networkers can accumulate influence or power by control of information and, of course, by learning
  21. 21. Give and get information Networking is a two-way street A network is not a collection of business cards, but of people. Take the time to understand the business of those in your network Be careful never to burn bridges I also have seen: rather than focusing on the strengths of what women offer each other and using them to everyone’s advantage, efforts to undermine talented coworkers can be evolved into an all-or-nothing- war-like campaign and a hostile competition among women.
  22. 22. Listen and give Listen to the people you meet to see how you might assist them in what they do Giving first and giving more than receiving is a very important rule of networking If one party does all the giving, then the relationship will not last and the networking ends Networking relationships takes work and cooperation by all parties involved
  23. 23. What do you get from learning to network You'll save money on advertising, since you'll get more business from referrals. You'll get more leads, and close deals faster. You'll develop an "In" with people that can help you get to the profitable "hard to reach" clients. You'll develop strong and long lasting business relationships, quickly and effectively. You'll build a network of loyal contacts, who will look for ways to send you new business. You'll hear about profitable opportunities before they become common knowledge. (That's an unbeatable edge!)
  24. 24. Empowering women and girls we raise the quality of life for everyone. This is because when women lead they not only lead businesses, they lead in their community, they fight for their children, and they give voice to issues that are important to our collective future -- like education and health care
  25. 25. So, mentoring has very many faces! Thank you for your attention - "the future is one minute from now"!

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