Mentoring (English)

Mentoring (English)

Free

About this course

Mentoring

Mentoring has become an effective method in many companies to support employees in their personal and professional development. Mentoring is primarily about passing on the knowledge and experience of mentors – who have a professional or personal knowledge lead – to mentees. Both mentees and mentors can benefit from this, which leads to a benefit for the entire organization.

Note: The mentoring is aimed exlusively at the employees of the TX Group. External registrations will not be considered.

“Before you become a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”

Jack Welch

Learning content / benefit

Mentoring can be used to promote all employees at all levels. However, there are situations or areas in which this instrument is more appropriate (e.g. when taking on a leadership position or new areas of responsibility or joining the organization). Mentoring programs in which the senior partner is mentee have also been successfully established (for example, when learning G Suite or IT functions). Mentoring is suitable at any point in your professional career. In contrast to training courses, mentoring is completely focused to specific needs and not tied to fixed times. Mentees determine the learning content themselves and clarify it with the mentor.

Possible learning contents are:

  • Expansion of professionally relevant knowledge
  • Broadening your own perspective
  • Comparing self-perception and the perception of others
  • Exchange on journalistic careers / journalistic ethics
  • Discussing current professional issues
  • Expanding personal and professional networks
  • Gaining access to internal organizational information
  • Discussing specific and general (leadership) questions
  • Receiving feedback on one’s own behaviour / on strengths and weaknesses
  • Receiving support in particularly demanding professional situations
  • Promoting skills (e.g. assertiveness)
  • Getting strategic advice on your career path
  • Exchanging experiences on reconciling work and family life
  • Time management
  • Discussion of personal questions and insecurities
  • Reflection

Mentees

Benefit

The mentoring program encourages potential mentees to address their professional and personal development and to disclose their desire for development by registering for the program. Mentoring helps the mentees to get to know the unwritten laws of an organization, to reflect on their goals and to approach them consistently. They are encouraged to act confidently and take on new challenges. More personal topics, wishes and weaknesses can also be discussed with mentors, as the mentees are not hierarchically dependent on them and the discussions are confidential.

Responsibilities

Mentees are responsible for themselves and their development at all times of the program. At the beginning of the program, they define their professional and personal goals and their expectations of the mentor’s support. They review the achievement of the goals and record their development. Experience has shown that the goals can change as a result of the discussions; however, responsibility for this always remains with the mentees.

Requirements

Mentees are employees who want to benefit from the knowledge and experience of others and reflect on themselves. They are open to new things and interested in further development. In addition, they have the ability to express their own concerns, are willing to ask themselves questions and also to work on themselves.

Mentors

Benefit

The counseling meetings encourage the mentor to reflect on her/his own leadership skills. They increasingly apply a “coaching” management approach and gain a deeper insight into the issues and opinions of their colleagues. At best, participation as a mentor can also provide new motivation for one’s own professional development.

Responsibilities

Mentors act as role models and consultants in the mentoring relationship. The responsibilities of a mentor include:

  • Imparting knowledge, passing on tips for achieving professional goals
  • Passing on “unwritten” laws in the company 
  • Sharing own experiences in the workplace
  • Ensure realistic implementation of mentee goals
  • Open expression of opinion / open feedback
  • Create the opportunity for frequent, appreciative feedback

Requirements

Mentors have several years of professional and life experience or relevant personal/professional knowledge and are happy to pass on their experience and knowledge to a mentee. They also have the willingness to invest the time to exchange ideas with their mentee over the course of a year. There is no fixed guideline, but as a rule five meetings of about two hours each should take place.

“People’s wisdom is not measured by their experience, but their ability to experience.”

George Bernhard Shaw

Process

  1. We are constantly looking for mentors who are willing to invest in the mentoring program.
  2. The mentoring program starts once a year and lasts approximately 12 months.
  3. Interested mentees and mentors register with the registration form (see below).
  4. We will find a suitable mentor for potential mentees and arrange the first contact (matching).
  5. The mentee and mentor will meet at the kick-off event, at which the mentoring participants will receive practical support for the most successful mentoring possible.
  6. During the kick-off, mentee and mentor define the contents of their mentoring.
  7. Mentee and mentor meet regularly and stay in e-mail and/or telephone contact. The program usually includes five meetings of about two hours each. The sessions are pre- and post-processed by the mentee. Number and duration are adapted to individual needs. The process is self-organized.
  8. At the end of the program, the mentees and mentors have the opportunity to give feedback and share their experiences using an evaluation form.
  9. If desired, you will receive a confirmation of participation.

Costs

  • Costs for this program are covered by contributions from the companies.
  • Further costs (travel costs, etc.) may be charged to your account in accordance with the applicable expense regulations.
  • Non-integrated companies pay the full costs (available upon request via mission.x@tx.group).

Support

Annebelle Smolders, People and Organization Development TX Group

Further Questions

For further questions please contact Annebelle Smolders from People and Organizational Development, who is responsible for the mentoring program, or your responsible HR-contact person or send an email to: mission.x@tx.group.

Registration

Registrations for the 2021 program are closed. The kick-off event will take place on Thursday afternoon, 25th of March 2021 (presumably 2-3 hours). The event will be held virtually.

Note: The mentoring is aimed exlusively at the employees of the TX Group. External registrations will not be considered.