Why Reverse Mentoring Could Work for Oil, Gas Companies
For PwC, the company wanted to find a way to get more women and ethnic minorities, blacks specifically, engaged in their business. So it targeted those two groups to serve as mentors.
“At the same time, we addressed the intergenerational aspect by selecting mentors who were much more junior in the company,” he said. “Look at the core issues you’re trying to address and identify people who embody those challenges within your organization. Then select the junior professional.”
Woodfield said the key to implementing a reverse mentoring program into any organization is to get the leaders involved.
Make it mandatory for all leaders to participate, starting with senior leaders. Then require leaders to share what they learned. This will help drive interest.
“You can’t have senior leaders telling junior leaders that this is important, but not doing it themselves,” Woodfield said and admitted when he introduced the program to partners in his organization, they all thought it was a great program … for everyone else, not them.
“They thought they were already very open and diverse. But after participating in the program, every single person got something positive from it,” he said. “Some of our partners said it was the most significant leadership intervention they’ve ever had in their careers.”
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