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Reverse Mentoring/Traditional Mentoring ProgramsReverse Mentoring/Traditional Mentoring ProgramsJulie SchoolfieldSoutheast Missouri State University 1
Reverse Mentoring/Traditional Mentoring ProgramsResearch has established that mentoring is beneficial for both individuals and organization, but traditionally, mentoring relationships have consisted of a older, senior executiveproviding advice and counsel to a younger, junior college. (Kram, 1985)In reverse mentoring, a junior team member enters a “professional friendship” with someone more senior, and they exchange skills, knowledge and understanding. As Ellis stated inhis article many companies are having the more tech-savvy millennials teaching the school leaders about social media, the cloud, and mobile computing. I take the current situation of COVID-19 to be a great example of how many of our schools, and even our medical offices moved to online learning, and online visits.The Hartford’s reverse mentoring program began with a small group of millennials who already were exchanging ideas about technology. In Ellis’ article he states that to date more than 50 mentees across seven states have participated in this type of program and 80 percent rated a project “extremely effective” This shows the opportunities for learning and open discussion provided by reverse mentoring are effortless and limitless, and that new relationships can be formed between the groups which is highly inspiring. Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric is credited with inventing the concept of reverse mentoring in the late 1990’s. During those times he noticed there was a lack in technology skills within his company, and also noticed that some of the new younger generation was much more knowledgeable in the upcoming technologies. He asked that 500 of his current senior executives join forces with the new hires. Reverse Mentoring has now become “best “practice within several large companies including Dell, Procter & Gamble, and Time Warner. In the midtools.com article they mention how a mentor is expected to be more senior and more experienced than the mentee, but Jack Welch believed that there are skill gaps with both

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Management, Skill, senior executive, Wendy Murphy

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