About the WOB Mentoring Programme
My Mentor is an extension of WOB's professional development programmes. Subscribers can access experienced women and men to guide and support them to address specific career challenges and/or develop a more structured approach to their professional career or non executive /executive board strategy.
Why might I need a mentor?
- Is your career progressing according to a plan?
- Could you do with some help to improve your chances of achieving your goals?
- Are you isolated in a male-dominated professional environment?
- Do you need support returning after a career break?
- Are your networks working for you?
- Should you be developing or refocusing your skill set?
If you identified with some of the questions and issues outlined above you might well benefit from mentoring. Many women are working long hours, often in male-dominated environments, and juggling the work/family life balance. It is easy to concentrate on the urgent, day-to-day issues at the expense of the big picture. Spending time with a mentor gives you the chance to think about your longer term objectives and focus on how to move your career forward. Mentors are a confidential, independent sounding board to provide support and guidance, allowing you to put issues into perspective and consider various possibilities.
What might I get out of mentoring?
The success of a mentoring relationship depends to large degree upon your attitude and your commitment. Mentees are expected to take the lead in the partnership, to be proactive and work in order to achieve success.
A mentor should:
- Ask you questions and challenge your thinking and actions
- Be a sounding board for your ideas and issues
- Share experience and knowledge relevant to the matter in hand. This could be of the sector, level or general professional experience. Illustrate with business cases and stories to bring to life the possible issues and solution.
- Encourage you towards your goals
Your mentor is there to help you to think through your options and help you to formulate your plans. They provide the opportunity to look more closely at yourself, your issues, opportunities and what you want in life. Mentoring is about becoming more self aware, taking responsibility and directing your life, rather than leaving it to chance.
About the mentors
We currently have ten mentors in the UK from a range of sectors, each of whom is well known to Women on Boards. Some are executive directors in full-time roles; some are portfolio NEDs; and some are professional mentors and coaches with board experience.
Each mentor has expressed a desire to take on mentoring work to share their knowledge and expertise and assist women to realise their potential in leadership and directorship roles. The match between a mentor and participant is managed by WOB, in discussion with the participant, during the enrolment stages.
The programme can be offered face-to-face (with mentee to undertake any travel required), by telephone or other form of telecommunications (e.g. Skype).
What will be provided?
Each mentee will receive:
- An introductory session (usually by telephone) with the programme administrator to discuss goals for the mentoring, the mentee agreement and to identify an appropriate mentor.
- Five one-hour face to face or phone sessions with the assigned mentor.
- Tracking of progress and accumulation of feedback.
- Opportunity to purchase additional mentoring sessions
- Option to move to a different mentor if a 'fit' is not realised at the first session.
The five sessions would be expected to be completed on average within 6-8 months.
"I'd thoroughly recommend the Women on Boards mentoring programme. I found the process hugely helpful, particularly the 360 review. I've achieved some excellent outcomes, tips and advice and it has helped me to develop professionally and personally." Jo Field, Head of Campaigns and Stakeholder Engagement, Transport for London.
To sign up, please use the Register button below. If you would like further information, please contact Ancia Cronje.