Reverse Mentoring: Tips for Getting Started
Going back to my GE days, I recall the raised eyebrows when we started reverse mentoring. There were a lot of 40-somethings who had never had a one-on-one conversation with top leaders, and meanwhile some ‘new kids on the block, fresh out of college, were having coffee and conversation with them.
And that same phenomenon holds true today. So, if you’re thinking about starting up a reverse mentoring program in your company or department, work it from an aspect of inclusion rather than exclusion. Some people are going to feel like they’ve been left out—and generally, these are the 40-somethings and the 30-somethings. Which is why everyone needs to understand the greater benefits of the program for the entire organization, rather than the dozen or so who will actually be participating. And, it needs to operate with some process discipline.
Try these tactics as you start up: