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Being a myGwork mentor

One of the best ways to support equity and personal/professional development in the workplace is by affiliate mentoring programs. The following figures show that mentoring can have benefits both for mentors and mentees:

  • Mentored employees are 5 times more likely to get promoted
  • 71% of Fortune 500 companies have mentoring programs
  • 60% of graduates favour places of employment with formal mentoring programs
  • Mentoring is credited with an 88% increase in managerial productivity

Mentoring however is not entirely intuitive for everyone, so when creating a mentoring program it is very important to provide support for the people who step up to be mentors. Simply longer professional experience is not always enough. Being able to navigate and bring to equilibrium the inherent power imbalance of the mentoring relationship, asking the right questions, and sharing experience as opposed to giving instructions is fundamental to a great mentor. In this session we will explore the following questions: How to be a great mentor? How could you use the skills you learn to support your fellow colleagues and the myGwork network?

The session will cover:

  • Listening and questioning techniques
  • Methods of levelling power imbalance
  • An introduction to the GROW model
  • How to define an achievable goal?

As well as the appropriate questions to ask your mentee in order to:

  • Help them establish a clearly defined and achievable goal
  • Build a good understanding of the reality of the situation and their own strengths and resources
  • Generate a rich pool of options
  • Commit to action

The session will conclude with an interactive training and time for a Q&A at the end. 

Speakers:

  • Katya Veleva
    Katya Veleva
    Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Leadership Coach
    Blush Cloud
    Katya Veleva is the Founding Director of Blush Cloud. She is a leadership coach and accredited DISC assessor and she is passionate about diversity and inclusion. Her work is dedicated to empowering individuals and organisations to find the methods, techniques and the language that brings them together in a way that everyone can be their best self at work. Katya has a background in architecture and digital construction. Her experience with healthcare design and building information modelling eventually brought out a passion for people and shaped her innate instinct for communication into an effective and poignant tool for collaboration. Katya has supported world-renowned organisations, such as Grimshaw Architects (with over 250 awards for their work) and Alisson Brooks Architects (the only British architect to have won all three of the UK’s most prestigious awards for architecture) in their endeavours to adopt digital technologies in their design. Faced with training highly skilled professionals in new tools, Katya developed a delicate, yet stimulating approach to drive anyone, regardless of their seniority to improvement and innovation in their work in a joyful and positive spirit. Within her work for promoting digital adoption and diversity in the construction industry, Katya has shared her experience with numerous audiences in the UK and abroad. Her ability to break down complex concepts and find connections relevant to the listener has proven to truly make an impact. Following years of volunteer involvement in various social initiatives, in the midst of the Pandemic of 2020 and global social justice unrest, Katya discovered coaching and coaching cultures and they reminded her very much of social justice organising and indigenous governing and she knew that she needed to turn away from the buildings - the context, to the contents - people.
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