A fresh approach to mentoring
Mentoring can be such a powerful stand to support professional development.
At Apex HR, we think we should be open minded about who can be a mentor. Mentoring can take many forms.
Mentoring is typically characterised by senior, experienced person sharing knowledge with a younger, junior member of a team.
We prefer to see mentoring more holistically, as the sharing of knowledge and wisdom which helps us to be the best version of ourselves.
When we broaden this out, we can see more possibilities for mentoring to develop our thinking and our effectiveness.
We like the idea of reverse mentoring. This provides younger members of a workforce with opportunity to mentor senior colleagues. What a boost for self-confidence and self-belief we could deliver with an apprentice for example saying, ‘today I mentored a CEO’.
With an open mind we can see new possibilities. Not only will younger people typically have more advanced digital skills they will bring a fresh insight and perspective to many of the challenges facing our organisations. The same can be true of course for older workers, workers with specific conditions and needs, and mentoring from customers and suppliers so that we can gain the broadest perspective possible.