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’
‘Effective mentoring is a learning relationship that underpins and supports the mentee to develop a strong professional identity’
How Does the Scheme Work?
Become a Mentee.
Review our mentor profiles, select who is best placed to help/support you.
Reach out to your mentor, start the conversation, build the relationship.
Ask questions, share, listen, grow your relationship, and grow self.
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 email@example.com 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.