The Mentor Match programme identifies and brings together Mentors and Mentees. A secure confidential place is then provided for both parties to engage in and track all aspects of the mentoring relationship. The programme, which is a joint collaboration of PM Forum and the Managing Partners' Forum, is continuous with people able to join at any time and new matches shared daily.
Mentoring principles: Mentoring is a process that always involves communication and has to be based on close relationships. For mentoring to have an impact, the mentorship should last for at least six months with monthly or more frequent sessions. The relationship should be owned by the Mentee, which means that they need to articulate areas requiring guidance or direction. General Guidance | What makes a good Mentor | What makes a good Mentee
Purpose: The programme helps people achieve their career and other goals through sharing experiences and learning from someone at a different organisation within a structured business relationship. An external perspective avoids the political issues that frequently dilute the value of intra-firm mentorships.
Cost: Participation in the programme is free of charge.
Eligibility: Mentors are welcome from any professional services firm or relevant consultancy. Mentees in marketing roles must come from a PM Forum member firm; those from other disciplines are sponsored by the Managing Partners' Forum. Anyone can be both Mentor and Mentee at the same time.
On-boarding: Enrolment involves adding a pen portrait and your experience as a Mentor/Mentee, specifying areas for help and the preferred background of the other party (sector, seniority, expertise etc).
Training: Novice Mentors are encouraged to undergo formal training in being an effective Mentor. This is provided by Mentor Match on a commercial basis.
Matches: Potential matches may be identified by a proprietary algorithm, but the decision to notify either party to a match is always made by a human being. Initially, Mentors are requested to approve the suggested Mentee. Then the other way around.
Test session: Once mutually approved, Mentor and Mentee are encouraged to meet – either in-person or online – for a test session, before deciding whether to embark on a mentoring relationship.
Feedback: At the conclusion of each mentorship, both parties are encouraged to comment on the programme and also anonymously rate the performance of each other. Aggregate mentorship performance scores will be available as a selection criteria in due course.