Mentoring has long been recognised as instrumental in shaping personal and professional growth for both those mentoring and those seeking mentorship. It's a relationship which transcends generations and industries, fostering knowledge transfer, skill development and a sense of guidance.
In a world adapting to accelerated change, the IoD Next Gen Committee, is pleased to have launched pilot of our mentorship scheme earlier this year to provide Guernsey’s next generation to learn directly from experienced directors in a variety of industries on how to grow into leadership positions and meet personal and professional goals.
On National Mentoring Day, we are proud to announce our mentorship scheme has matched seven pairs of mentors and mentees, aligning the skillset and experience of mentors with the goals and development objectives of mentees.
Sarah Lacey, IoD Next Gen Committee member and lead of the mentorship programme said, ‘Given that mentorship may be new to our applicants, we are passionate about ensuring participants have the tools to maximise their success. Therefore, we are delighted to welcome Rick Denton, who is kindly running a workshop for our participants which will cover an overview of the mentor/mentee relationship, how this differs to coaching and case studies of successful relationships.
‘Rick is a recent council member of IoD UK, prior Managing Director at four major banking groups, previous CEO of an international family office and an experienced NED. He is also an international coach, with years of mentoring experience, so his breadth of knowledge will be a great asset to mentors and mentees.’
National Mentoring Day celebrates the profound impact that mentors have on individuals and the wider community by providing guidance and support to mentees, whilst giving specific insights and knowledge based on their own experiences. Whilst this focuses on the mentor, it is important to highlight the mutual benefit of mentoring, with mentors benefitting by engaging with the next generation to leverage their perspective on a plethora of subjects and working together to shape the future workforce.
‘The commitment of both parties is paramount to the success of the relationship, and we are delighted to see the enthusiasm our participants are showing in this pilot scheme,’ said Sarah.
Keep up to date with the progress of our mentoring programme via the IoD Guernsey social media pages and website. If you’re interested in hearing more about the programme and participating in the next cohort, you can contact Sarah at: [email protected]