Optimize the Mentoring Program to Build a High-Performing Learning Organization

Align your mentoring program with your organizational culture and goals for a best-fit program.

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Most mentoring programs fail to achieve maximum benefits because they are stuck in the old mentoring paradigm:

  • Existing programs may be structured in a way where benefits are not mutually beneficial for both parties involved.
  • The format of the program may not be designed in a way that allows the organization to reap the rewards of mentoring, and so uses up resources.
  • The focus on mentoring may be a formal long-term engagement, which may be limiting.
  • A variety of perspectives is not gained as the focus is usually on a few senior-level mentors.

Mentoring has benefits to both the mentoring relationship and the organization as a whole. Mentoring programs:

  • Add significant benefit by supporting career development and creating an inclusive environment.
  • Can help new employees get settled in an organization and help prepare them for future roles.
  • Foster relationships and a feeling of belonging, and enhance retention.
  • Improve succession planning by grooming employees for future roles.
  • Create an inclusive culture.
  • Create “learning organizations” ultimately resulting in success for the organization by promoting individual and collective learning.

Module 1: Identify Current State

The Purpose

  • Identify pain points and opportunities for program improvement based on organizational culture and program characteristics.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Diagnose your current organizational culture.
  • Identify your current mentoring characteristics.
  • Measure your current success with mentoring.
  • Gain an understanding of how to improve your mentoring program.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Diagnose your organization’s dominant culture
  • The ability to set the context for your mentoring program based on the organization’s dominant culture
1.2 Identify characteristics of existing mentoring program
  • List of characteristics that make up your current mentoring program
1.3 Review the degree of alignment of culture and program characteristics
  • The degree of alignment between culture and current mentoring program characteristics
1.4 Measure current program success
  • Determine if the current mentoring needs tweaking or an overhaul
1.5 Review ROI levels
  • ROI levels of the mentoring program

Module 2: Refine Mentoring Goals

The Purpose

  • Refine your mentoring goals by aligning current program mission statement and goals and identifying your business problem.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Review and re-evaluate your current mentoring needs and goals.
  • Gain an understanding of organizational and relational mentoring goals.
  • Ensure that goals align with the organizational strategic direction.
  • Document your mentoring goals and objectives.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Assess the alignment of program mission statement and goals
  • The alignment of your current program mission statement and goals
2.2 Identify the business problem
  • The business problem you are using mentoring to solve
2.3 Refine program goals and mission statement
  • Finalized program goals and mission statement
2.4 Document your goal details
  • Goal details listed in McLean & Company’s Mentoring Project Plan Template

Module 3: Optimize the Program

The Purpose

  • Optimize your program by selecting the type and format of mentoring program best suited for your organization.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Learn about the various types of mentoring programs.
  • Identify which program is best suited for your case.
  • Identify a senior level champion for the program to help gain buy-in and garner approval.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Determine which mentoring option is best suited for your organization
  • The best mentoring option for your organization
3.2 Decide on the format of the mentoring program
  • The format for your mentoring program

Module 4: Communicate the Program

The Purpose

  • Gain buy-in for the mentoring program and create a structure for the flow of communication after the program has been launched.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Gain buy-in from stakeholders.
  • Create communication materials and programs.
  • Develop a mentoring resource center. 

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Build a communication plan
  • A communication plan for your target audience
4.2 Document your communication plan
  • Document your communication plan in McLean & Company’s Mentoring Project Plan Template

Module 5: Implement

The Purpose

  • Create an implementation plan for your mentoring program.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identify who should participate in the program.
  • Learn the methodology for matching mentoring partnerships.
  • Gain techniques for dealing with mentoring mismatches.
  • Launch the program with an orientation session.

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Document metrics
  • Document metrics for measuring the mentoring program and relationship
5.2 Calculate the anticipated ROI
  • Calculate the anticipated ROI of the optimized program
5.3 Document your evaluation plan
  • Document your evaluation plan in McLean & Company’s Mentoring Project Plan Template

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