CASE STUDY: Mentoring

The case studies outlined in the “Athena In Action” series  are being shared as examples of the variety of solutions  we have provided to our clients for over a decade.

 AIA 600x314 (2)TOPIC: Mentoring

INDUSTRY: Manufacturing

ASSESSMENT/SITUATION: One of my long-time customers called me to meet with him as he was super excited to share with me his new performance model.  He had been using various Athena Alliance partners in different areas globally and wanted to add a new program.  We had already helped them build a very robust leadership development program that supported all management levels, from first-time supervisor to senior executive team.  My client wanted to add a mentoring program, but wasn’t sure all of his leaders had the skills to be able to do this effectively.  He had identified some key people whom he felt would make excellent mentors and wanted to see if I could help him with some training on how to mentor others.

ATHENA PARTNER MATCHING:  This was an easy match for me, as I have in the Athena Alliance a partner who delivers one of the best mentoring programs in the market today.  After I connected the partner to the client, my client said it was an amazing option for them, and he couldn’t wait to get started.

SOLUTION:  After assessing the leaders intended to be included in the mentor training, the Athena Alliance partner agreed that the leaders were excellent choices. The Athena Alliance partner proposed a 3-month program that was delivered in short 2-hour sessions bi-weekly, with homework in between.

RESULTS: This program was so well-received; they saw such immediate results that it has now been added to their senior leadership program.  The client himself participated, and he shared with me that mentoring done right is a very rewarding experience for both the mentor and the mentee.

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Pay It Forward – The Value of Mentoring by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC


If you’ve been lucky, you’ve had a mentor or two along the way, who has helped you to develop personally and professionally, and helped you to achieve your goals. Most successful people have had mentors at different times during their formative years and their careers, though not all serve in a formal capacity. A mentor is anyone who has given you guidance as you learned and grew in some area of your life. index2

As you consider your own achievements and goals for the future, it’s important to ensure that you pay it forward by being a mentor to others. Many professionals think this sounds like a good idea, but are less sure of how to accomplish it. Here are some ways to find people who could gain from having you as a mentor.

  • Talk to local high schools and colleges. Many schools have mentor programs that can match you to a young person who is studying your field of expertise.
  • Hire young people. As you get to know young employees, you will often serve as a mentor to them as they learn business principles, including leadership skills, work ethic and business practices specific to your industry. When you have young people in your organization, you have the opportunity to mentor to them on a daily basis, and to really watch them grow personally and professionally.
  • Look around. Many times, you’ll find a person who could use a mentor when you’re least looking for one. Be open to young people who are struggling with learning to work, or just to fit into the adult world. You may have the greatest impact on a young person who is not in your field of work at all. Opportunities to mentor can come from hobbies, church work, or even getting to know your children’s friends.

It’s less important where you find a person to mentor or what type of mentoring you do. What’s really important is that you find time to give back to young people you encounter the same way your mentors have poured their expertise and experience into you. This might be some of the most rewarding work you ever do.