Mentoring is a key ingredient in building organizations that thrive. It’s a cost-effective way to build capacity, strengthen relationships, and increase engagement and job satisfaction.
Moving Beyond Traditional Mentor-Mentee Relationships to Mentoring Circles
Traditional mentoring in organizations pairs a more senior employee with a junior counterpart.- often helping them onboard into a new job or contributing to their career path within the organization It is a one-way relationship between 2 people with the mentor guiding the mentee. The learning and teaching are limited to these 2 people without benefit to others in the organization.
Mentoring Circles, on the other hand, bring a group of people together for collective mentoring. With a possible mix of levels of seniority, roles within the organization and departments, collective learning happens that impacts the entire organization. Regular mentoring circles focused on the skills, competencies, and experiences needed to achieve the organization’s goals can result in continual development of your organizational capacity, strengthening the organization and all of its employees.
Once instituted as a regular practice in your team and organization, benefits from mentoring circles include increasing knowledge transfer between people, building collaboration and cooperation, increasing individual and collective wisdom, and improving the functioning of the team and organization through improved relationship capacity. These attributes for teams and organizations are considered essential for optimal performance. Including mentoring circles as part of your team and organizational development is a simple yet powerful way to accomplish these attributes.
Mentoring for Small, Medium and Large Organizations
Mentoring circles can be implemented for a team, a small, medium or large organization. The people attending a mentoring circle might be those who work closely together, or might come together from many units in the organization around a particular topic. They have value in strengthening the team or organization to be its best if they take place once a year, once a season, or once a month.
Mentoring for Solo-Entrepreneurs and Micro-Businesses
Solo-entrepreneurs and micro-businesses benefit from overcoming the challenges of ‘operating alone’. Mentoring circles with other solo-entrepreneurs and micro-business leaders are valuable in learning, development, innovation, and in support to persevere in reaching desired outcomes. Extra value is added when the mentoring circle for the solo-entrepreneurs and micro-businesses are established as a mastermind group. The mastermind group is based on the same principles as a mentoring circle to create the best conditions for individual and collective wisdom, learning and development, and creative problem-solving. The mastermind form of a mentoring circle includes a conscious commitment to help each other to thrive.
Your Learning Package
In this program, you are guided to learn
- how to develop a mentoring circle in your organization or team
- how to develop the mentoring circle into a mastermind
- setting the context for a mentoring circle
- the role of the facilitator of a mentoring circle
- the role of the formal leader(s) in a mentoring circle
- the role of symbols, rituals, and archetypes in personal and group development
Learning Package Details
When you register, you will receive a link for the Mentoring Circles and Mastermind Groups Learning Hub. This Hub is your home base, where you’ll access all 5 components of the learning package. The complete package includes both self-study materials and 2 real-time online learning sessions, with a total of five segments and approximately 11.5 hours of guided learning.
- Segment 1: Self-study video focused on your business and/or development goal. Plan for 1 hour.
- Segment 2: Self-study video focused on how to work with a mentoring circle. Workbook. Plan for 2.5 hours.
- Segment 3: Self-study video focused on how to work with a mastermind. Workbook. Plan for 1.5 hours.
- Segment 4: Real-time online workshop to process learning about mentoring circles and mastermind groups with Birgitt Williams and Rachel Bolton. 3 1/2 hours September 10, 2021 from 9 am to 12:30 pm EST.
- Segment 5: Real-time Mentoring Circle. 3 hours, June 10, 2022 from 8 to 11 am EST.
All times are suggested to include both viewing the video materials (where applicable) and pausing to do the work that accompanies your learning. Depending on your learning style, each video segment may take slightly more or less time.
Can’t make the real-time session? All registrants will receive a video archive of the full learning package to take as a self-study including recordings of the real-time sessions.
Register to get started today.