Saturday, October 24, 2009

The 360 of Mentoring: Me in the Media

The 360 of Mentoring: Me in the Media:


Yay or Nay - Number Targets??

Its one of those days when i have the time to reflect and restate my thoughts. The recent weeks have seen me have a different target- increasing my participant count of mentors and mentees in MindTree for the MentorMe program. I keep mulling- is this focus contradictory to having smaller number of effective participants? Well, i have discovered another solid reason to focus on numbers:- having a sizable population to project and potray to the rest of the organization. What this means is having say 3-5% of minds ( in MindTree, employees are addressed as " MindTree Minds" in the program can actually see a trajectory that enables a faster move towards our core objective of the program, which is establishing a "Connect" across minds in the organization and ensuring that there is a "one on one, focused, experiential learning " for participants. With increase in numbers, it translates to increased word of mouth branding, networking, richer experiences, greater group learning, increased program momentum- not to forget the "Testimonials"

So, it brings back thoughts of - Should Corporate Mentoring Program Administrators have Number targets and the answer is " Of course YES"

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Me in the Media

This is a small snippet of the program i manage

Mentoring Crests ot troughs?

To realise that i have not blogged for one whole year! Oh migosh was my first thought. Coming to think of it, there has been so much happening in the Mentoring space. There have been three media interviews, a jump northward in the participation numbers of the mentoring program that i manage at MindTree, a seemingly 50% increase in a month..and so much branding and reinforcement of the program that i forgot to blog:)

Well, it has been a nice toss and turn the last year. A series of crests and troughs in my learning, sharing and reflecting stints. What i realise is that mentoring is all about execution as much as strategy. Its more diploblastic and certainly has two covers. Did i get lost in the exoderm- i have no clue but realise that internal systems and processes have a long strong role to play in a mentoring program's success.

What i also realise is that mentoring is all about " mindset" Once the threshold level is accesible and visible for the participants, then garnering that extra steam seems a cake walk. But tell me about it, it has taken a year to get people to accept mentoring as a mainstream way of learning!
As much as one realises that nothing can compare to a one on one, face to face interaction with your mentor, sharing your apprehensions, seeking a direction, looking for options, bettering yourself at decisions, looking beyond the immediate, turning into a child again with all inquisitiveness, and eventually growing wings and flying away like a butterfly -content and happy to have had a mentor and most of all, mentoring moments and mentoring experiences.

Where have i come one year hence? Far far away from the start, the journey filled with immense challenges, bounces and bumps- an enjoyable success at the end of it all.