Our Mentoring Products and Services
Training, for mentors and mentees is essential for success. Take a look at the different ways our mentoring products and services support your needs.
“When Mentoring is done well, everyone flourishes”
We were keen to have a fit for purpose process that was easy to use whilst being comprehensive and also with a pragmatic approach. We found the tool ‘Get Ready to Mentor’ provided by Talent for Growth to be exactly that. I would have no hesitation to recommend Talent for Growth to up skill senior team members to take on the exciting and measurable role of mentoring.
Alison’s input and preparation prior to the programme running was very comprehensive and took into account our business needs as well as the required learning outcomes. The results were even better than we expected. The workbooks were a particularly important and valuable element. She delivered a programme that proved to be worthwhile, informative and enjoyable for all.
Our Mentoring Workshops
Your mentors will benefit from our Developing Mentors workshop with:
- An intense and engaging learning experience that’s tailored to your organisations needs and priorities
- A resource-rich workbook, Get Ready to Mentor which supports them beyond the workshop
- Time efficient learning – workshops are normally half a day in length.
- Facilitated sharing of the experience in the room
- Lots of tools and materials for practical use during mentoring sessions
- Clarity about processes and mechanics of the programme
- Mentors leave workshops energised, enthusiastic and confident
Contact us to discuss how we can enable great mentoring in your organisation.
Your mentees will get off to a great start with our half day workshop which provides:
- Clarity about what mentoring is and the value they can gain from it
- Time and support to set effective goals
- Clarity about processes and mechanics of the programme
- The opportunity to reflect on their readiness and what they want from their mentor
- Greater understanding of their learning style
- Tips to maximise their learning opportunities
- Knowledge and confidence to take responsibility for their mentoring experience
- An invaluable workbook, Get Ready for Mentoring which is full of learning resources for use beyond the workshop
We equip mentees with the tools and confidence to drive value from their partnership with their mentor.
Tools for you to deliver Mentoring Training
Mentoring training can be challenging for organisations. Mentors and mentees can be spread across the country, continent or the globe. Many companies find, as a result, that training is inconsistent, variable in quality or reliant on a set of PowerPoint slides.
We have the solution.
Train the Trainer
We run a short (3 hour) workshop for your internal facilitators to bring the materials to life and enable them to deliver highly effective workshops with confidence.
This workshop can be virtual – giving you the confidence of consistent training wherever your teams are based.
Your Branding on materials
Our flexible branding tool enables you to add your corporate branding to your workbooks to create a bespoke look and feel. We offer 2 levels of corporate branding plus the ability to add your own welcome message within the workbooks.
Our Mentoring Training Toolkit give you a complete toolkit for training mentors and mentees. High quality products with built in flexibility and everything you need.
It includes session plans, handout templates and tips and techniques for powerful facilitation.
Electronic Materials for global reach
Our electronic versions of Get Ready to Mentor and Get Ready for Mentoring are fully interactive. Participants can work through exercises and guided reflection on-line and in their own time and print or download activities as required.
Answering your Questions about Mentoring
What are the key benefits of mentoring?
Gone are the times when a mentor’s role was primarily about a help up the career ladder from a mentor. The value of mentoring means that there are now multiple uses of mentors. More creative applications include peer to peer and reverse mentoring.
Groups of employees who benefit from working with a mentor are newly appointed leaders, high potentials, those joining through acquisitions and those in transition. Indeed, any category of employee who needs focused attention and development will benefit from working with a mentor.
Most importantly, it’s not only mentees that benefit. Mentors report that they learn and develop through the process too. So, the organisation benefits more broadly too.
What's the difference between coaching and mentoring?
Although they are both development tools, there are some important differences.
Mentoring involves a sharing, or passing on, of knowledge and experience by the mentor. Mentors, therefore, are often selected on the basis of their experience or knowledge. It is often a long-term relationship. The degree of formality and structure in a relationship varies tremendously.
Coaching is more targeted and focused on developing specific skills or behaviours. The role of the coach is to facilitate the thinking of the coachee, not to provide answers. It is normally relatively short-term. Whilst coaches may share their experiences with a coachee, it is not a key part of the relationship.
Good mentors do use coaching skills such as use of questions, reflecting back and listening. The best mentors blend the sharing of knowledge and experience with encouraging the mentee to reflect and think solutions through for themselves. This can be a difficult balance, especially for those used to leading. That’s why good mentors require training.
What makes a great mentor?
- have a genuine desire to develop and support the growth of their mentee
- willingly share their knowledge and experience but stop short of imposing their views on their mentee
- encourage their mentee to reflect and think through solutions for themselves
- leave their ego’s and their seniority (if applicable) outside the door
- focus solely on being of value to their mentee and a partner in achieving their objectives
Why do I need to train mentees?
Preparing and training mentees is so important – and often overlooked. Research by Henley Management College found that when mentees were trained, the effectiveness of mentoring relationships increased by an impressive 30%.
Mentees who are trained have clarity about their goals for mentoring. They take responsibility for their contribution to mentoring rather than leaving it with the mentor. Finally, they bring energy and enthusiasm to the relationship.
What are your top 5 tips for a great mentoring programme?
Be clear about why you are introducing a programme, how it fits with other processes and who the target audience will be.
Invite mentors to volunteer rather than impose it on, for example, all the leadership team. Not everyone makes a good mentor.
Train both mentors and mentees. It doesn’t have to be onerous but it’s essential for success.
Find the right balance between a sound structure and set of processes without over-engineering or complicating things.
Review process and measure success. Engaging the line managers of mentees can be very helpful here.