Create a mentoring program

Create a mentoring program

Goldsmith, Barton


If you have experienced the professions and personal growth that comes from o great mentoring relationship, then you will understand the value that comes from creating your own company mentoring program. On the other hand, if you have not yet lived this experience, keep reading-perhaps the following will inspire you.

A mentor’s job is to help us maximize our potential and our performance. The good ones see things in us that we are not able to see ourselves. Had my mentors not told me I could, and helped me believe in myself and supported me in taking risks, I would not be successful.

If your company team believed that they could, and were supported to create more and better business, wouldn’t you be more successful? A company mentoring program will greatly assist you in achieving that goal.

The basic premise is elegantly simple: Everyone in the company has some type of a mentor. The person who has been there one day can be mentored by the person who has been there two days. The CFO can be mentored by a board member and the CEO, by the chairman. The objective is to have everyone in the company supported by someone who shares the goal of helping them maximize their potential. This will bring value to your team and your clients, and help you grow your people.

10 Steps to Creating a Company Mentoring Program

1. Decide that creating a CMP is right for you and your company.

2. Start small.

3. Ask for feedback about what your team wants in a CMP; find out what your people care about.

4. Get buy-in from your management team.

5. Get mentor training for yourself, your managers and executive team.

6. Create a culture by being open about your own mentor/mentee relationships.

7. Build trust with those participating; listen to their experiences and ideas.

8. Celebrate small victories; spotlight mentor/mentee relationships.

9. Begin company-wide training.

10. Get your team recognition; share the results with everyone you can. Look at who was a great mentor in your life. What was it that made your mentor great? Understanding this will give you a good foundation to mentor, and remind you of how important your mentors have been to you.

(For more on mentoring, read “Trusted Guide” on p. 22 in the July issue of Credit Union Management.)

Dr. Barton Goldsmith has started, grown and sold three companies. He is a contributing author to numerous books and business journals including the Los Angeles Business Journal. He can be contacted through his Web site at. or at 818.879.9996. .

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