This consulting firm, one of the largest in Canada, has developed two mentoring programs for women: The Developing Leaders program and the Women's Business Development Group initiative.
The firm developed these programs to (1) recruit and retain highly skilled professionals, and (2) ensure successful leadership succession.Mentors are selected with care and their skills and experience are matched to a partner's goals and aspirations.
Content areas are determined by the group and include coaching skills training, lessons, and interactive experiences; coaching demos and critiques as a way to learn and improve; corporate coaching scenarios to prepare coaches for different types of corporate coaching; case study discussions as a way to expand one's client/situational strategies; coaching competencies with examples and exercises; practice development for private practitioners.
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Mentors must have a minimum of two years work experience in Canada and are provided with an online training toolkit and receive support from a mentoring coordinator.
To participate in the leadership mentoring, potential partners must be sponsored by senior executives and demonstrate skills in decision making and leadership.
To become involved in the mentoring program, participants must be members of the organization, and members also earn professional development credit for their participation.
The mentors share expert knowledge and advice, coach, counsel and encourage their mentoring partners who are currently in earlier stages of their HR careers or earlier stages of their development with respect to particular areas of HR expertise.
Thousands of applications from new MBA graduates are received each year and through interviews, the pool is reduced to 7-10 "associates." Mentors are recruited from senior ranks and receive formal training.
Criteria to receive a mentor include: (1) in good standing with the Alberta Corporate Registry; (2) located in Calgary; (3) have an annual budget of one million or less; (4) have paid staff; (5) need assistance in fundraising and resource development; and (6) demonstrate a strong commitment to participate.
The partner's workshop encouraged participants to think about their own learning objectives and how the program could help them achieve these objectives.The selection process resulted in cross-functional partner teams being provided with multidisciplinary mentors who could support the partner learning goals.
Courses on coaching and mentoring for service technicians have been established at a series of community colleges, and the number of colleges offering such programs will continue to expand.
Youth from different schools work with the Office of Youth Development and through their training, they mentor other students in the high schools, middle schools and elementary schools.
The leadership team monitors the progress of the partnership at various checkpoints and with feedback and coaching, the partnership redefines their interaction.
Hal offers a four-day institute for teams of K-12 educators and decision makers who will serve as leaders in the development or enhancement of their district's new-teacher induction and mentoring system.