In our ever more connected world, it can feel like you have every answer at your fingertips. A quick search online can yield results in any number of fields. But is that the best way for your teams to find answers to their burning questions?
What if you could create a way for individuals to connect to colleagues quickly in order to share skills, knowledge and experience, while also benefiting from building their networks and creating a better employee culture?
Well, this is why you need a flash mentoring program.
As the name suggests, flash mentoring is all about speedy one-off mentoring sessions. The focus is on learning a key piece of information or skill from a knowledgeable mentor. This type of mentoring encourages brief but impactful knowledge sharing, without making a long-term commitment to the relationship.
Flash mentoring is an important part of your mentoring toolkit. Due to its speed and flexibility, it allows participants to get stuck into a mentoring session quickly and reap the benefits that mentoring has to offer.
It can be a real game-changer for getting more people involved in your mentoring programs, as individuals seek out mentoring sessions quickly and without the pressure of investing in a long-term relationship.
This has benefits for both you and your people that include:
As with any new mentoring program, there may be challenges that arise. With good preparation and forethought, you can overcome these challenges and set up a program that achieves your goals.
Here are some key challenges to look out for:
How do you ensure that participants get enough value from short one-off sessions?
💡 Answer: Providing support for both parties on how to prepare for sessions, how to structure their time and how to follow up afterwards can help participants to get the most value from short sessions.
What about mentors, will they get as much out of the sessions?
💡 Yes, although it is worth noting that mentors may need to prepare more in advance for sessions in which they are sharing specific hard skills. Mentors can decide what areas they are happy to work on and re-use materials for different mentees to make it easier.
They will also still benefit from the relationship by developing leadership and teaching skills and can learn from the perspective and experience of the mentee too.
Is it harder to form a connection in a flash mentoring session?
💡 It may be. Some people may find they benefit more from a long-term program where they build stronger relationships. However, flash mentoring will suit people that benefit from short, targeted interactions and are not looking for long-term relationships. It depends on who you are and how you connect to people.
There are many different types of mentoring to choose from. While they all provide a whole host of benefits, flash mentoring brings a specific set of benefits that make it an excellent addition to your mentoring program.
If you need…
…then a flash mentoring program could be just what you’re looking for!
To find out more about flash mentoring and access program templates and checklists, download our latest e-book below. 👇
You can also set up a call with our team by booking a demo. We're happy to chat about how Guider's mentoring software can make mentoring easy and scalable in your organisation.