What is “Scaling-Up! Mentoring”?
Mentoring has been an established tool/process used by organisations to develop individuals helping them reach their potential. However, for most, the process is informal and is defined by the mentor assisting the mentee to discover something new about their capabilities and self.
Many definitions of ‘mentoring’ have been offered, but its very nature has defied definition, as it has been used in different establishments through different systems. This has given those taking part varied experiences and different support mechanisms.
There are commonalities, which appear when looking at definitions of
Mentoring such as:
• A professional relationship
• Support for professional development
• Personal support to Mentee
• A partnership lasting over a pre-determined and fixed time-scale
• A significant process over an individual’s business career
One-way to help in understanding what Scaling-Up! Mentoring is, we shall observe what it is not:
a) It is not a tutor/student relationship where the focus is on producing an academic outcome within a prescribed syllabus where the tutor is in control
b) It is not an instructor/trainee relationship focusing on learning skills and techniques to perform a specific function where the instructor is in control of the learning process
c) It is not a manager/employee relationship where the manager controls the outcome of the task
d) It is not a friend/friend relationship, which mainly focuses on personal conversations and development usually outside work, focusing on either friend depending on the circumstances.
For Scaling-Up! Venture uses, we see the mentoring process as a relationship orchestrated to provide professional and personal support to an entrepreneur or a business owner / leader who is growing his/her business.
The Scaling-Up! Mentor uses their experience in a facilitative manner to support the development of the mentee. Mentoring is used to assist individuals at specific times of development or transition and lasts for a defined period of time. The relationship provides an opportunity for both to develop and benefit from the process.
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