Business Mentoring Insights

  • Reverse Mentoring: Is It Just Mentoring?

      Reverse Mentoring is an interesting take on the traditional mentoring model. With the traditional mentoring, information and learning flows from the top down; from the older, senior-level official to the younger subordinate. In the case of reverse mentoring, the opposite is true. Here, the younger individual will take the role of a mentor, and the flow of information goes from the subordinate to the superior. Through reverse mentoring, not only is the free flow of information taken in its purest form, but it encourages the involvement of lower-level employees and keeps the upper-level ones grounded in current events and techniques.   Read more

    Fri, Aug, 06, 2021

  • Reverse Mentoring - The Complete Guide

    Mentorship is a very beneficial relationship when starting a new job or changing career paths. The guidance you receive from a mentor is invaluable. Their ability to help you navigate the unknown path, overcome challenges, and reach your goals is what makes them special. Mentoring relationships range from loosely defined, informal associations (where mentees learn by observation and example) to structured agreements between mentors and mentees (where they formally meet and build relationships over nine to twelve months). Read more

    Tue, Apr, 20, 2021

  • Top 5 Benefits of Reverse Mentoring

    As soon as we hear the term “mentor”, we think of a senior, more experienced person guiding a younger person through his/her career journey. This is because traditional mentoring works this way. There is another type of mentoring which is becoming more popular these days because of its enormous benefits: Reverse Mentoring. Read more

    Mon, Dec, 21, 2020

  • Use Reverse Mentoring to Support Your Company’s DE&I Goals

      On May 25, 2020, a white police officer killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd, a Black man, was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill. Floyd’s death sparked protests and a national conversation specifically around police brutality, but also more generally about race and racism in America. This conversation has continued throughout 2020 and touched many areas of life, including housing, healthcare, economic inequality, employment and the workplace.   Read more

    Mon, Nov, 30, 2020

  • Six Keys to Make Your Reverse Mentoring Program Successful

      More and more companies these days are using reverse mentoring to help achieve business goals. Whether the organization is trying to increase diversity and inclusion, help executives further develop their technology skills, retain younger employees, drive organizational change or some other goal, business mentoring experts are increasingly turning to this mentoring model to help achieve ambitious people-related objectives.  Read more

    Mon, Oct, 12, 2020

  • Six Ways to Use Reverse Mentoring

      Traditional business mentoring has been around for a long time. For example, Socrates famously mentored Plato until his untimely death in 399 B.C. In the traditional business mentoring model, the mentor is older, wiser, and more experienced than the younger, naive, and less experienced mentee. A common metaphor for traditional business mentoring is the “passing of the torch,” with the older employee passing key knowledge and know-how to the younger generation.   Read more

    Mon, Oct, 05, 2020

  • Problem with Reverse Mentoring, and What to Do About It

    Organizations have tried to use reverse mentoring since Jack Welch first popularized the concept in 1999. Welch, then the CEO of GE, realized that his executive team lacked a deep understanding of technology. With rapid technological changes of the 1990’s, having an executive team without up-to-date knowledge could threaten their ability to stay relevant with customers, capitalize on opportunities, and remain competitive. To combat this, Welch launched a program called “reverse mentoring,” in which younger, more tech-savvy individuals were paired with older executives. Read more

    Mon, Sep, 07, 2020

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