If you are contemplating starting a mentoring program for your company or membership organization, a good upfront strategy will often determine the success of the program. A mentoring program strategy will address the following components:
- What is our WHY? Defining what you hope to accomplish, what success looks like, and establishing those goals upfront will go a long way toward determining how to construct your program and what measurements will need to be in place.
- How will we match and schedule? A big component to deploying a mentoring initiative involves the general administration of the matching and scheduling of program participants. This is where you might determine you need some sort of software tool, especially if your program is larger in scope.
- How will we train? An often-overlooked component to a mentoring program is incorporating the necessary training for mentors and mentees. A program lacking the proper training has less likelihood to succeed, mainly because program participants need to understand what is being asked of them and how to properly approach mentoring conversations.
- How will we measure success? By referring back to your program goals and knowing what you hope to accomplish in your mentoring program, you can begin to construct your plan for measuring success along the way.
Once you have addressed these basic principles in your plans to build a mentoring program, the rest of the tactics, such as participant communications and recruitment, can be incorporated into the plan.
At Diverse Talent Strategies, we help clients create mentoring programs that are turnkey, easy to implement and outcome-focused. Contact us today if you are interested in learning more.