“Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.”
Eric Parsloe, Director of the The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring
We launched the first edition of the mentoring program of the Foundation in September 2014. It is designed for the candidates of the Startup Challenge, 2014 edition. Each project has been assigned a mentor whose role is to help its mentees tackle important questions in their entrepreneurial experience. The mentor is here to advise the teams, not to make decisions for them.
The team and its mentor will together establish the needs and expectations of this mentoring program. It will be adapted to each team, based on the needs of the team and on the characteristics of the project mentored.
We found 17 MENTORS, willing to spend 1h a month (virtually) coaching a team of entrepreneurs during six months.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, check yourself against this list:
- First and foremost, are you interested in helping others to succeed – even if they may surpass you in achievement?
- Are you reliable, honest, and trustworthy to keep things confidential?
- Are you capable of active listening – not interrupting, picking up important cues from what someone says, able to reflect back the relevant issues and check understanding, minimizing assumptions and prejudices?
- Are you empathetic – can you convey understanding of their experience without saying ‘yes me too’ and launching into anecdotes of your own?
- Are you able to question someone sensitively but empoweringly to help them explore their own issues?
- Can you pass on your knowledge and expertise clearly, encouragingly and helpfully?
Other members of our community take part in mentoring MBA participants from our schools. For instance, Nicolas Pujol (EMLYON00) is thrilled to be spending some time every month, with one student to share his experience.
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