Dinesh Divekar Started The Discussion:
Recently I conducted coaching cum mentoring session for my client at Nigeria. In fact I have been doing this quite some time.
Do you know who is "Mentor"? Mentor is one who is amalgamation of coach, guide, counsellor, trainer, adviser etc. Whenever some new employee joins the company in organised companies, he is assigned some mentor. Ask any senior person and he/she will express regret that he/she did not get proper guidance. If that person would have got right guidance, he/she would have made lot of progress. Mentoring concept exactly avoid this syndrome. Mentor does the following for his "mentee" or "learner":
a) Helps mentee in career guidance
b) Helps mentee in doing SWOT Analysis of his/her career
c) Interprets organisation's philosophy
d) Shares personal successes as well as failures
e) Gives insight on how to grow
To do all the above, mentor and mentee meets weekly or fortnightly or may be monthly. Discussions happens on what mentee has done the progress and assignments are given for further meeting as well. Records are also kept of this meeting.
The relationship is informal in the formal framework. Some 10% - 20% discussion may happen on personal issues like investments, family issues. However, this is subject to the agreement by both the parties.
Objective of this relationship is to grow the personality of the mentee. The ultimate result is building the character of the mentee.
The meetings go on. A time comes when both the parties realise that it is time to cease the relationship and the relationship is dissolved.
Now what if your organisation formal mentoring programme well in place? This is where I would like to step in and be your mentor. I have been giving advises to the members of this cite. However, these advises do not make well-established or well-organised relationship. If you are not from Bangalore then, I can be your e-Mentor as well. However, for e-Mentoring, you need to have the following:
a) Uninterrupted power supply
b) Good internet connectivity. Speed should be at least 1 MBPS and above.
c) Your own laptop or PC. For PC you need to have mike and speakers. For most of the laptops, these are built in.
d) Willingness to keep the mobile phone off.
e) Should be able to give undivided attention. No disturbance from your child or any other source.
Initial sessions could be up to two hours. Later these may come down to one hour. Presently I am mentor to one VP(Project) of one very prominent company and one member from this forum.
My services are paid one. Those who wish to reap the benefits of my services can approach me.
Dinesh V Divekar
Management Training Consultant
Bangalore - 560094
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