Why you should start thinking about reverse mentoring

Mentoring has traditionally been a matter of the older and experienced generation teaching the young. But there's lot for leadership in trying it in reverse

Cambell Holt is not the first marketer to concede there is a lot in his professional realm he doesn’t fully understand. But what does make Mercer’s chief customer officer different to many of his peers is who he turns to when filling in those gaps.

“Young people at the beginning of their career often have an enormous amount to offer people who are at the later stages of their career,” Holt says. “Most questions I have today are answerable by people younger than me with less career experience, but with more direct experience with some of the burning questions I have.”

Holt’s desire to tap into the wisdom of his younger colleagues has led him to become an advocate for reverse mentoring. Whereas most mentor relationships see an older colleague bestowing professional advice upon younger ones, reverse mentoring – as its name suggests – switches the flow. Unlike traditional mentoring, these engagements are normally brief in nature – perhaps consisting of four to six sessions – and usually focus on answering a specific question.

Register or Login to continue

This article is only available for subscribers. Sign up now for free and get free access to premium content from ARN, CIO, CSO, CMO, Computerworld, and PC World.

[[ message ]]
Or
[[ message ]]
Show Comments

Latest Videos

More Videos

fdgfd www.google.com

Caroline Natalia

How WW shifted physical engagement to virtual success in 5 days

Read more

I found decent information in your article. I am impressed with how nicely you described this subject, It is a gainful article for us. Th...

Daniel Hughes

What 1800 Flowers is doing to create a consistent customer communications experience

Read more

Extremely informative. One should definitely go through the blog in order to know different aspects of the Retail Business and retail Tec...

Sheetal Kamble

SAP retail chief: Why more retailers need to harness data differently

Read more

It's actually a nice and helpful piece of info. I am satisfied that you shared this helpful information with us. Please stay us informed ...

FIO Homes

How a brand facelift and content strategy turned real estate software, Rockend, around

Read more

I find this very strange. The Coles store i shop in still has Flouro lights? T though this would have been the 1st thing they would have ...

Brad

Coles launches new sustainability initiative

Read more

Blog Posts

9 lessons from 7 months of relentless failure

The most innovative organisations embrace failure. Why? Because it is often through failing the most creative out-of-box thinking happens. And with it comes vital learning opportunities that bring new knowledge and experience into teams.

Jacki James

Digital product lead, Starlight Children's Foundation

Why conflict can be good for your brand

Conflict is essentially a clash. When between two people, it’s just about always a clash of views or opinions. And when it comes to this type of conflict, more than the misaligned views themselves, what we typically hate the most is our physiological response.

Kathy Benson

Chief client officer, Ipsos

Brand storytelling lessons from Singapore’s iconic Fullerton hotel

In early 2020, I had the pleasure of staying at the newly opened Fullerton Hotel in Sydney. It was on this trip I first became aware of the Fullerton’s commitment to brand storytelling.

Gabrielle Dolan

Business storytelling leader

Sign in