Peer Mentoring

Introducing

PEER MENTORING™

BACKGROUND

Great organizations achieve their full potential because they have exceptional people.  But few people are born great. Nor are most people exceptional the day they begin work.  They become high performers after they have been trained and given the opportunity and encouragement to use their knowledge and skills.

With limited resources-time and money-it is becoming increasingly difficult to train people in all the skills that they need.  So, more organizations are looking at innovative ways to train and develop staff.  The Peer Mentoring™ system is one such approach.

Peer Mentoring™ is a system of self-directed learning for groups of people who want to take responsibility for their learning, performance and career.  After this one-day introduction into the system your learning group will be able to learn the skills that will add value in their jobs.  They will be able to learn what they want, when they want how they want to.

This unique process is on the cutting edge of adult learning technology and is field-tested.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

After this workshop your staff will:

  • Begin to learn regularly in a supportive team environment;
  • Learn more skills, more effectively, in less time and at lower cost;
  • Take responsibility for their own learning and career development;
  • Customize and "own" their own development program;
  • Develop team cohesiveness, necessary for the process to work;
  • Significantly improve the impact of training dollars;
  • Ensure that newly acquired skills are put into practice right away.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Any members of staff who are self-directed, work effectively in a team and have a passion for learning.

DURATION

One or two days, depending on the background of the participants.

DELIVERABLES

Each participant will receive a user-friendly, customized workbook.

AGENDA

LEARNING IN ORGANIZATIONS

  • An introduction to adult learning.
  • Conventional training and Mentoring compared.
  • Readiness for self-directed learning using a self-assessment questionnaire.

PEER MENTORING: A TEAM APPROACH TO LEARNING

  • Peer Mentoring systems and features.
  • The challenge of learning in peer teams.
  • Review of the "tools", including The Instant Manager and the Lesson Plans.

LEARNING STRATEGIES

  • 8 alternative ways to learn.
  • Matching topics to techniques.
  • The 6 key steps to design and deliver an effective team Mentoring session.
  • A demonstration and evaluation of a Peer Mentoring™ session.

TRANSLATING THEORY INTO PRACTICE

  • Review of the corporate goals to ensure that the training plan is in alignment with it.
  • Creating a development plan: choosing skills, setting dates and allocating responsibility
  • Picking the appropriate method of learning each topic.
  • Individual preparation for Peer Mentoring™.
  • Practice and evaluation of the Peer Mentoring™ session.

GETTING STARTED ON THE RIGHT FOOT

  • Developing a learning contract.
  • Dealing with poor performance.
  • Making sure that the skills are put into practice.
  • Two checklists to ensure that training is effective.

SPECIAL FEATURES

As part of the program, each participant will receive:

  • A pragmatic workshop manual containing step-by-step instructions on how to set up and sustain the Peer Mentoring process.
  • A copy of Cy Charney's The Instant Manager (Revised Edition), an easy-to-read book containing dozens of practical ideas on each of 100 leadership skills.

The team will also receive a 450-page Lesson Plans manual, containing the tools to teach each one of the skills in The Instant Manager.

PARTICIPANT FEEDBACK

"Just a quick note to let you know that you have made a great impression on me. I will use your book in future in the many situations I face in a job that is still fairly new to me. Your stories about South Africa really touched me. Thank you and I hope to be able to E-Mail you in the future and let you know of much success."

Josie Hartwell. Hamilton Health Sciences Volunteer Association.

"Things are going well with the team. I was thrilled by our first session (Oct. 19, 2000) The facilitators did an amazing job on "Time Management", so much so it will be hard for the rest of us to do better! They really took the ball and ran with it. I think the rest of the group got a lot out of it."

Tina Cooper, Director, Operations, Hamilton Health Sciences Volunteer Association. tcooper@hhsc.ca

"You have set us on the path of learning that is ongoing and will never end. Thank you for pointing the way."

Anonymous

"The materials (book and binders) will be invaluable (my bible).

I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to meet Cy and work with him. This is one of the best training programs I have ever had, and I've had a lot!!!"

Jackie Kearns, Human Resources Development Canada

"As usual Cy is right on the edge of important new ideas. The concept is well designed and usable."

Bob Chartier, Organizational Management Consultant, Dept. of Indian and Northern Affairs