Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction…
“Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.”
Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring
Mentoring is used by P3 specifically and separately as a form of long term tailored development for the individual which brings benefits to the organisation. Our characteristics of mentoring are:
- It is essentially a supportive form of development.
- It focuses on helping an individual manage their career and improve skills.
- Personal issues can be discussed more productively unlike in coaching where the emphasis is on performance at work.
- Mentoring activities have both organisational and individual goals.
P3 brand of mentoring
P3 is person focused. It is less of a formalised professional relationship and more of a partnership; more like a friendship. We provide guidelines for mentees, but the issues discussed will vary depending upon the issues being faced by the mentee.
P3 mentoring is
Off line: Someone from outside your reporting hierarchy at work.
Confidential: Issues between mentor and mentee are confidential.
Mentee driven: The mentee must take the initiative and do most of the leg work in the relationship. The final responsibility for actions taken, as a result of mentoring, lies with the mentee.
Low-bureaucracy: We try to keep the amount of paper work down. We work with individuals and not institutions and so mentors and mentees may have to carry out the mentoring relationship in their own time. We realise that we are all busy people and so we keep the amount of paper work down to a minimum.
Person focused: We recognize that the issues outside the workplace which may be hampering progress at work. We match mentors and mentees using their own criteria - career considerations or aspects of their personal circumstances.