Creating a structured mentoring program requires a solid understanding of mentoring dynamics.
Unfortunately, there are myriad examples of mentoring programs that have failed because organizations mistakenly believed they fully understood mentoring. Rather than create a successful program, they created a disaster that negatively impacted the careers of both mentors and mentorees. Typically, such programs have put people together without clear guidelines, offered no training about mentoring relationships, lacked internal support, paired employees with the bosses of the employees' immediate supervisors, etcetera.
The amount of outside expertise needed to establish a mentoring program varies from organization to organization. Most organizations have found that using a consultant to set up an initial pilot program has made the difference between success and failure.
So what does an outside consulting firm that specializes in mentoring programs offer a prospective client? Experienced consultants provide the following:
- Cost effectiveness-reduces the time and effort needed to establish a program
- Successful design-program operates more efficiently based on successful designs employed by similar organizations
- Improved results-focuses on specific competency areas
- Higher success rate-previous mentoring expertise helps organizations avoid pitfalls that have derailed mentoring programs
Outside consultants also keep up with technology and are constantly trying to find ways to make mentoring programs even more efficient and effective.
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