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Chrm Message From: craig Total Posts: 37 Join Date: 04/02/2007
Rank: Executive Post Date: 17/02/2007 05:00:42 Points: 185 Location: United States

Hello chrm'ites,

We all are aware of the basics of mentoring. Mentoring is more than simple advising. Mentoring emerges from an extended relationship built on a foundation of both professional and personal knowledge. The relationship between each mentor and trainee must be based upon a common goal: advancement of the academic, career, and
personal growth of the trainee. However, this is not the only effect of good mentoring; both mentor and trainee may benefit greatly from this relationship. Mentoring extends beyond the training phase of one's professional development, and often, mentor-trainee relationships may continue throughout the better part of a career.

Has the time has come for us to call mentoring as “Traditional”? Or is that some organizations are still unaware about “Mentoring”?


Things are fast changing. Let me share this new dimension about mentoring to you all.

Reverse Mentoring

If mentoring is top to bottom approach, it is just the reverse for reverse mentoring.

Corporates have got fat recruitment targets at any time. This is often due to the boom and buoyancy that our economic fronts are facing today.

The bulk recruitment takes place in the entry level. There is a talent war that is happening at this level. The companies are adopting campus recruitment as a key tool for sourcing candidates.

Companies hunt for “Day Zero Slots” at campuses to ensure they peel of the creamy layer from the campuses.

They get successfully inducted and it is expected to come up with lot of fresh knowledge as they are fresh.

It is expected that they are updated with fresh skill sets which the organization can leverage upon.

The HR department should try (trying) to use that fresh talent to inject on those associates who are relatively old and who are not aware the recent developments in their skill set.

Should I settle to say that this is what is called as “Reverse Mentoring?”

Forms of RM


1 Knowledge Management Portals

2 Learning sessions

3 Knowledge sharing sessions


1 Inputs in brainstorming sessions

2 Content development in training sessions

3 Cubicle help to peers


1 Infusion of fresh talent

2 Identification of new skill

Anyone like to take this thread forward..

Cheers !!



Chrm Message From: ayeshaa Total Posts: 36 Join Date: 04/02/2007  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 17/02/2007 05:03:32 Points: 180 Location: United States

Hi Craig & members,

Reverse mentoring relationships are developed to gain technical expertise and a different perspective. They are not a younger to older person thing for a group, it is more a peer-to-peer relationship where both people have a lot to teach and lot to learn. A commitment of time, having a game plan/goal and rules of engagement as well as listening, being open minded and patient seem to be central ingredients for any mentoring relationship not just a reverse relationship. The same challenges need to be managed in any mentoring relationship. The operative word is mentoring.

Chrm Message From: hr.hitesh Total Posts: 32 Join Date: 04/02/2007  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 07/12/2015 10:08:23 Points: 160 Location: United States
Dear Ayesha, Craig and all,
How do we implement this in an organization? Could you share a practical scenario or a real life experience.


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