Mentoring in the workplace provides a critical role in changing management, leadership, and organisational development. Our Mentors provide long-term, relevant and experienced advice, on real business issues.
They have the experience, empathy and outstanding communication skills, which all help to create an environment where both parties learn from each other.
Orbit can specifically organise mentors from a wide range of business sectors to suit you, at any level from the boardroom to shop floor. We will design inhouse programmes, developing your talent, succession and we can do this informally or in conjunction with the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Mentoring in the workplace tends to describe a relationship in which a more experienced colleague shares their greater knowledge to support the development of an inexperienced member of staff. It calls on the skills of questioning, listening, clarifying and reframing. One key distinction is that mentoring relationships tend to be longer-term than coaching arrangements.
In a succession planning scenario, for example, a regional finance director might be mentored by a group level counterpart over a lengthy period to develop a sound approach to dealing with the board, presenting to analysts and challenging departmental budgets.
We believe mentoring relationships work best when they move beyond the directive approach of a senior colleague ‘telling it how it is’, to one where they both parties learn from each other.
An effective mentoring relationship is a learning opportunity, encouraging information sharing and education across generations and/or between roles.
For more information on our mentoring approaches please get in touch!