One of the advantages of mentoring is that it can be adapted to any organization’s culture and resources. There are several mentoring program models to choose from when developing a business mentoring program. The following are the 5 types of business mentoring models:
1. One-On-One Mentoring
2. Resource-Based Mentoring
3. Group Mentoring
Group mentoring is limited by the difficulty of scheduling meetings regularly for the entire group. It also lacks the personal relationship that most people prefer in mentoring. For this reason, it is often combined with the one-on-one model. For example, some organizations provide each mentee with a specific mentor. In addition, the organization offers periodic meetings in which a senior executive meets with all of the mentors and mentees, who then share their knowledge and expertise.
4. Training-Based Mentoring
5. Executive Mentoring
This top-down model may be the most effective way to create a mentoring culture and cultivate skills and knowledge throughout an organization. It is also an effective succession-planning tool because it prevents the knowledge "brain drain" that would otherwise take place when senior management retires.
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