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Knowledge management and personal development are hot topics for most organisations and mentoring is a great way to combine the two. With mentoring you can manage and share the existing knowledge within the organisation in a cost-effective and mutually beneficially manner. With external mentoring schemes, such as the one run by LexisNexis, you can share knowledge and gain new ideas and perspectives from different industries.
In this Practice Note we will consider:
what is mentoring
how mentoring benefits the mentor
how mentoring benefits the mentee
how mentoring benefits the organisation
an introduction to the LexisNexis mentoring scheme
The word ‘mentor’ comes from Greek methodology and means trusted advisor, friend and counsellor.
Typically, mentoring uses many of the same skills as coaching—questioning, listening, challenging and supporting. However, mentoring differs from coaching in a number of ways, eg:
mentoring relationships are often longer than coaching relationships—for an internal mentoring programme related to succession planning, for instance, a mentoring relationship between a senior member of staff and their long-term replacement may take place over a period of many years as they are nurtured and developed for the more senior role
a workplace coach doesn’t necessarily need to be an expert in the same field as the coachee—it can be highly beneficial for a coach to be from elsewhere in the organisation to
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