Most organizations starting
mentoring programs are interested in the successful practices
used by others. Here are some of the processes and activities
that have impressed us.
- Lockheed-Martin Missiles & Fire Control uses innovative
joint training activities to prepare mentors and mentees.
Pairs do various trust-building exercises, including
one with blindfolds in which mentors as a group guide the mentees
in solving a problem.
- Technical University of Berlin and the European Academy for
Women in Politics and Economics has an innovative program called
Preparing Women to Lead. Qualified university graduates take
part in internships in Germany, Belgium, Austria and
the Netherlands. For an intense three months, the women
are paired with outstanding female mentors who teach them about
the mentors fields and management styles, organizational
structures, processes of decision making, and the day-to-day
requirements of management.
- Hewlett-Packard (Roseville, California facility) has a site-wide
program that includes approximately 100 pairs at any one time.
Mentors and mentees each attend separate half-day training
workshops that use written guides, videotapes, and skill
practice. Pairs write and sign partnership contracts,
which are not collected.
- U.S. Army-Air Force Exchange Service has implemented mentoring
groups. For six months, three mentors and six to eight mentees
meet together every two weeks. Mentees focus on career development,
including learning the intricacies of how the organization works.
Confidentiality is strictly enforced.
- Canadian Centre for Management Development (CCMD) has an innovative
leadership program for developing Public Service senior executives.
Participants gain from a multi-faceted approach: mentors,
executive advisors, personal coaches, small learning groups,
and varied job experiences.
For additional ideas and best practices on planning, implementing,
and evaluating a mentoring program, see The
Mentoring Program Coordinators Guide.