5 Reasons Mentorship Programs are Effective

  1. Good formal mentorship programs are structured. They have a beginning that starts with training and orientation, are peppered with accountability checkpoints along the way, and have a closure that celebrates the pairs’ work together.
  2. Successful mentorship programs build networks, not silos, because participants move through the program period (for example, a 12-month period), as a cohort. Case in point: when one mentor in a management-matched program (where mentors are appointed to work with partners) abandoned his partner, three other mentoring pairs — all from different areas of the company, stepped up to ‘adopt’ the partner. The closing celebration was a heartfelt and moving presentation that demonstrated the connectedness that occurred.

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Alexis Leclair
Alexis Leclair, President of Uptake Consulting Ltd. and author of Retirement Groove: Finding Yours!™, has coached more than 350 mentoring pairs to success within a variety of formal mentorship programs, some of which she designed.
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