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Bryan J. Stewart

Founder/President, Black Rhino Partners

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What are your thoughts on creating a community for mentors/menteers and for adults to make professional connections to encourage growth.

Founding a non-profit called 1Helping1 focused on creating local communities for interested adults to make mentor/mentee connections and other professional relationships focused on leadership devleopment, professional growth and mutually beneficial relationships. Particular focus will be for the growing number of folks who find themselves in "career transition" and need help to get a fresh start, find their way, etc.

Questions:

1) Is this a real need in your circle of ifluence or community?
2) Are there other communities/organizations already focused on this issue?
3) Would you be willing to participate?

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  • Dec 6 2012: Fritzie,

    Thanks for the feedback and ideas. Definitely in the data collection mode to see if this is a worth while effort. I appreciate your comments.

    Bryan
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      Dec 6 2012: It is clearly something that should benefit those in transition, if the mentor and mentee are well matched.There is research online on the point, though a caveat I have seen is that mentoring is typically part of a package of efforts the unemployed person is undertaking, so the impact of mentoring alone cannot be measured- if the unemployed person were mentored but pursued no other services.

      Mentoring will not, I think, compensate, for not having the particular skills a new career may require but can include guidance in how or where to acquire those skills.

      Mentoring is also not the same as serving as a "connection" to employment. In a weak employment environment, that would be a lot to expect. It probably doesn't substitute for professional counseling either.

      Both parties to the mentoring relationship should understand what they should expect from the other and what will be demanded of them. If the mentee expects the mentor to teach the mentee all he needs to know and to provide him an inside track to a job, that probably goes beyond what a mentor would want to commit himself to do.

      But I think people often are very generous in offering advice and direction. I work every week with some very inspiring adults in career transition.

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