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Raising the Bar in a Mentoring Culture


Wed Jun 01 2005


The article presents information on several learning models that are effective for developing and delivering mentoring training. In a true mentoring culture, there's a constant emphasis on mentoring excellence and the bar for competency and skills mastery is continuously raised. Consequently, training plays a critical role by influencing the quality of mentoring relationships. Because mentoring training programs mirror the actual process, the impact and value of the learning depend on seven factors that are also key to mentoring. When each of those factors is in play, the learning is lasting and participant satisfaction is greater. Regardless of whether one's organization is focused on a specific training event or a continuum of education, the following topics offer a framework for productive planning, implementation and evaluation of mentoring training. Three learning models are particularly effective: self-directed learning, experiential learning (which includes action learning), and transformational learning. Mentoring is the quintessential expression of self-directed learning and its core is individual responsibility.

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Raising the Bar in a Mentoring Culture


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