Posted by: csdivakar | October 8, 2007

One-on-one mentoring

A one-on-one formal mentoring relationship typically entails a junior manager being assigned to a senior manager outside of his or her direct reporting line.This type of formal relationship is usually directed toward a particular group of junior managers (high-potentials, new managers) in the hopes that these relationships will provide some of the same important career and personal development supports as do informal, long-term mentoring relationships.

When to use it:

  • Senior managers have time, experience, and expertise to share with junior managers .

  • Junior managers need exposure to perspectives and job demands of senior managers .

Potential Problems:

  • Potential for role conflict between boss and mentor.

  • May narrow opportunities for other developmental relationships.

  • May cause resentment for managers who have not been asked to participate.

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