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What is the ODN Europe Mentoring Scheme?

ODN Europe (ODNE) recognises the importance of creating strong foundations for professional growth as we know that whether new to the field of OrgDev or an experienced practitioner we can learn from each other regardless of the level of experience. Our mentoring scheme is a free offering to all ODNE members.

Why not take advance of your membership now, and sign up as either a mentor or mentee.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is most often defined as a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentee), occasionally this relationship can be flipped (reverse mentoring) to develop specific skills and/or knowledge which will enhance a person’s professional experience and formulate a platform of personal growth. Mentors provide what has been described as ‘guided autonomy’ to mentees. They encourage their mentee to develop their own goals, ideas, hopes, and aspirations. In doing so, they help the mentee to identify and address challenging issues, opportunities and barriers to success.

The mentoring process might involve the mentor:

  • Coaching the mentee on a particular skill
  • Facilitating the mentee’s growth by sharing resources and networks
  • Serving as a thinking partner to review plans and ideas
  • Creating a safe learning environment for taking risks
  • Exploring / discovering ‘pastures new’

Sign Up as a Mentor

Sign Up as a Mentee

‘Effective mentoring is a learning relationship that underpins and supports the mentee to develop a strong professional identity’

How Does the Scheme Work?

JOIN

Become a Mentee.

EXPLORE

Review our mentor profiles, select who is best placed to help/support you.

CONNECT

Reach out to your mentor, start the conversation, build the relationship.

GROW

Ask questions, share, listen, grow your relationship, and grow self.

Benefits of being a mentor & mentee

Being an ODN Europe Mentee

Mentees need to be enthusiastic and committed participants in the mentoring relationship, and be willing to work to find solutions to the challenges they face. Whilst mentors can provide guidance and support, their role is not to provide definitive answers. Mentees need to accept responsibility for their own growth and success.

Successful mentees tend to be:

  • Information seekers
  • Good listeners
  • Self-developers of skills and experience
  • Feedback receivers and providers

Mentee responsibilities include:

  • Making the initial contact with the mentor, once they have received contact details
  • Scheduling and initiating meetings
  • Establishing an agenda and sending it to the mentor prior to the regular meetings
  • Respecting the mentor’s time
  • Following through on commitments and goals set during the mentoring sessions.

In order to maximise the value of mentoring relationships, mentees will need to assess their individual needs and share their personal vision and specific goals with their mentor.

If you wish to request a mentor please visit the Mentor Match forum in the Members’ Area of the ODN Europe website www.odneurope.org, download and complete the Mentee Questionnaire, and forward it to info@odneurope.org describing in your email your specific mentoring need.

Being an ODN Europe Mentor

A mentor should have expertise in his or her field of knowledge, a willingness to commit the time and energy required, and the ability to build trust-based, confidential relationships.  He or she should also be able to help a mentee set and attain meaningful goals.

Regardless of the goals of the mentoring relationship, successful mentors, according to feedback from mentees, seem to share some basic characteristics:

  • they are willing to share their personal and professional experiences
  • they offer support in a non-judgmental way
  • they are skilled, experienced and knowledgeable
  • they give sound advice
  • they listen well
  • they ask relevant questions
  • they challenge

If you are interested in being an ODN Europe Mentor please email info@odneurope.org providing a brief description of your experience in OD, and the qualities you would bring to a mentoring role.

Benefits of mentoring for both Mentor and Mentee

 The rewards of mentoring for the mentor include the personal satisfaction of giving a legacy of personal and professional knowledge, insight, wisdom and experience to the OD community. The scheme also provides exposure to diverse thoughts, styles, personalities and cultures. Other benefits to the mentor are:

  • Personal development opportunities.
  • Understanding the challenges and problems that others face.
  • Create a new and exciting challenge for the mentor.
  • An opportunity to build a new network of mentors: sharing, discussing your mentoring experiences with fellow mentors.
  • Generate a new sense of self-worth, self-esteem and value to others.

The mentee can gain assistance with defining career goals, strategies and options, as well as help and support with building confidence to grow and develop. The mentee can benefit from the personalised information and wisdom geared towards a specific need/s and use their mentor as a sounding board and/or critical friend for new ideas, new thinking, new approaches and new behaviours. Other benefits to the mentee are:

  • Increase levels of self-awareness, confidence and fulfilment.
  • Build a connection with an independent listener.
  • A chance to explore the things you like or pastures new.
  • Create new coping strategies to help / aid to overcome challenges, issues and concerns.
  • Explore new professional horizons.
Being an ODN Europe Mentee

Being an ODN Europe Mentee

Mentees need to be enthusiastic and committed participants in the mentoring relationship, and be willing to work to find solutions to the challenges they face. Whilst mentors can provide guidance and support, their role is not to provide definitive answers. Mentees need to accept responsibility for their own growth and success.

Successful mentees tend to be:

  • Information seekers
  • Good listeners
  • Self-developers of skills and experience
  • Feedback receivers and providers

Mentee responsibilities include:

  • Making the initial contact with the mentor, once they have received contact details
  • Scheduling and initiating meetings
  • Establishing an agenda and sending it to the mentor prior to the regular meetings
  • Respecting the mentor’s time
  • Following through on commitments and goals set during the mentoring sessions.

In order to maximise the value of mentoring relationships, mentees will need to assess their individual needs and share their personal vision and specific goals with their mentor.

If you wish to request a mentor please visit the Mentor Match forum in the Members’ Area of the ODN Europe website www.odneurope.org, download and complete the Mentee Questionnaire, and forward it to info@odneurope.org describing in your email your specific mentoring need.

Being an ODN Europe Mentor

Being an ODN Europe Mentor

A mentor should have expertise in his or her field of knowledge, a willingness to commit the time and energy required, and the ability to build trust-based, confidential relationships.  He or she should also be able to help a mentee set and attain meaningful goals.

Regardless of the goals of the mentoring relationship, successful mentors, according to feedback from mentees, seem to share some basic characteristics:

  • they are willing to share their personal and professional experiences
  • they offer support in a non-judgmental way
  • they are skilled, experienced and knowledgeable
  • they give sound advice
  • they listen well
  • they ask relevant questions
  • they challenge

If you are interested in being an ODN Europe Mentor please email info@odneurope.org providing a brief description of your experience in OD, and the qualities you would bring to a mentoring role.

Benefits for both Mentor and Mentee

Benefits of mentoring for both Mentor and Mentee

 The rewards of mentoring for the mentor include the personal satisfaction of giving a legacy of personal and professional knowledge, insight, wisdom and experience to the OD community. The scheme also provides exposure to diverse thoughts, styles, personalities and cultures. Other benefits to the mentor are:

  • Personal development opportunities.
  • Understanding the challenges and problems that others face.
  • Create a new and exciting challenge for the mentor.
  • An opportunity to build a new network of mentors: sharing, discussing your mentoring experiences with fellow mentors.
  • Generate a new sense of self-worth, self-esteem and value to others.

The mentee can gain assistance with defining career goals, strategies and options, as well as help and support with building confidence to grow and develop. The mentee can benefit from the personalised information and wisdom geared towards a specific need/s and use their mentor as a sounding board and/or critical friend for new ideas, new thinking, new approaches and new behaviours. Other benefits to the mentee are:

  • Increase levels of self-awareness, confidence and fulfilment.
  • Build a connection with an independent listener.
  • A chance to explore the things you like or pastures new.
  • Create new coping strategies to help / aid to overcome challenges, issues and concerns.
  • Explore new professional horizons.

How does the scheme work, and whats my commitment?

ODN Europe does not wish to be overly prescriptive about how the mentoring relationship should be conducted, to allow the mentor and mentee to establish their relationship in a way which is mutually convenient. However, the minimum requirement is that the mentor offers four one-hour sessions, conducted either face to face or via telephone or Skype, over a six-to-nine month time period.

It is the responsibility of the mentee to initiate contact and to make arrangements for the mentoring sessions.

It is recommended that a mid-point review be conducted between the mentor and mentee to ensure that the process is working satisfactorily for both parties.

In committing to this process, the mentee and mentor agree that they will treat all information received from the other as confidential unless specifically otherwise agreed.

Responsibility for any expenses incurred in taking part in the mentoring process, such as travelling to meetings, are for the account of the individuals concerned and will not be refunded by ODN Europe.

If either party wishes third party assistance to resolve any issue regarding the mentoring scheme, assistance should be sought in the first instance via email to info@odneurope.org marked for the attention of Gareth Evans – board lead for the ODNE mentoring scheme, or Sally at CJAM should there be any conflict of interest with contacting the board lead.

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