Reverse mentoring: couples of a few months that influence a career
You are a few weeks away from the launch of your reverse mentoring program. The majority of participants are already selected. Mentors are motivated, mentees are ready to let go. Everyone is eager to start talking and discovering who they will be associated with. Whether they are volunteers or appointed, it is essential to do everything so that the couples who are created work and that each one really progresses with the one who will be his partner in the program.
Start from each person’s profile and expectations
For a pair to work, there needs to be mutual understanding on the educational level. You might not realize it, but how your mentors learn is almost as important as how they teach. One of the prerequisites is therefore to understand the learner profile of mentors and mentees: if a mentor learns more easily by experimenting rather than immersing himself in theory, he will tend to teach by experience and a mentee who has need for theory will be lost. So it’s up to you to map the learner profiles of all the participants in the program to create pairs that will be as efficient as possible.
At the same time, ask the participants about their expectations beyond the main objectives: for the mentees, supporting a junior in his progress in the company and finding digital profiles to manage projects are two different intentions, as is the best understanding. of the company’s jobs and hierarchical progression in one’s own job for mentors.
It’s up to you to create associations where intentions overlap.
Provide the pairs with a common basis
Of course, your reverse mentoring program aims to improve the digital culture of the mentees and the business knowledge of the mentors. But the goal is above all to allow everyone to change their professional practices to accelerate the transformation of the company. Creating pairs in which the two employees have a completely different business culture, is to risk that the junior accountant mentor will not find a concrete application of the blockchain for his mentee manager within the communication department.
On the contrary, creating couples where everyone speaks the same professional language makes it possible, on the one hand, to find common points and to move forward in the program more quickly; on the other hand, to provide the mentor with more useful and actionable advice, whether it is a person to meet or a project to which the mentor could contribute.
And if you want to break down the silos in the company, create days for my job that will be decorrelated from reverse mentoring.
Measure your results and practice the test-and-learn
We cannot repeat enough, measuring the impact of these actions is the key to long term success. Take into account the time spent in the company, the profession, the learner profile of each, the subsidiary … A precise follow-up will help you to determine the really determining criteria in the success or failure of a reverse pair mentoring. At the same time, listen to each pair and each participant to resolve any problem that may arise during the program… even if it means separating a couple or trying to assign new partners to the mentor and mentee.
The creation of couples reverse mentoring seems complicated to you? This is not quite the case: the stakes are high and you have to be methodical, but by establishing precise and easily assessable processes, you can only succeed! It’s up to you, get started, get support if necessary, and put the odds in your favor as soon as your program is launched.
Jean-Noël Chaintreuil is the founder of Change Factory, a laboratory for acculturation and support for change where people are at the center.
The main missions are the understanding of cultures, support for Comex, cultural transformations and the implementation of disruptive strategies.
He also works at various universities (La Sorbonne, Sciences Po, Berkeley, Dauphine, Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, etc.) on the future of work, human resources, cultural transformations and supports intrapreneurship programs.
You can find his articles on Quora: https://fr.quora.com/