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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J. Adriaan Venter  |  June 29, 2016
This is not a 'Nice-to-Have.' In fact it's extremely essential and a 'Must-to-Have' if a company wants to be successful on the long run. Company Top Management need to endorse and enforce this concept to the fullest and should ensure that a Formal Management Monitoring System is in place and is reflected in the Monthly Management Report and at least quarterly audited to ensure 100% compliance.
Susan Knolla  |  June 23, 2016
Great article and love this concept - even in traditional mentoring relationships you can learn from each other. Also love the focus on women in leadership in this article :)

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