Today, I will explore “Reverse Mentoring.”
Former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch, is credited with inventing the concept of reverse mentoring. He recognized his lack of technology skills in the 1990s and believed the youngest people were far more knowledgeable than him.
He asked 500 of his top executives to seek out mentors from newcomers.
I have always nurtured relationships with younger women. I have much to learn from them and I have much to offer. Several months ago I was having lunch with a younger woman. When I told her that I was intentional about staying in touch with younger women her response was, “that’s interesting. Most people your age don’t like people my age.”
Reverse Mentoring is just what you think. The younger person mentors the older person.
Currently, I have a “fit” watch and a pair of bluetooth earbuds that I need mentoring on.
A Mentor is a seasoned professional who takes interest in helping others. Mentoring may be formal or informal.
Mentoring skills include a positive attitude, active listening, empathy, and the ability to give honest feedback. It is important that you leave your prejudices at the door.
Tips For Creating A Successful Reverse Mentoring Experience
- Identify a good partner
- Set clear goals and expectations
- Focus on great communication skills
- Be tactful, patient and open-minded
- Measure your progress
The Ideal Reverse Mentoring Relationship
- Has a mutually beneficial exchange or skills
- Clear goals and expectations to measure success
- Honest, respectful communication and regular meetings
- Open-minded to teaching and learning
Is your business considering creating a mentoring program? Reach out to me and we will work together.
Do you have a need for micro-mentoring? I’m your girl!
I’ll be starting a group mentoring program in April. Are you interested? Let me know.