Orientation for mentors and protégés:
The mentor and protégé are from different departments so that there are no direct reporting
relationships involved. So before starting the mentoring relationship Coca-Cola Foods make
an orientation for both mentors and protégé.
A clear agreement is an essential foundation for a good mentoring relationship. The goal of
the Coca-Cola Foods
mentoring relationship are to help protégés understand the organization
and their role in it better The emphasis on formal development and training programs in the
organizations is declining in favour of the greater interest in approaches to on-the-job
development worldwide. Consequently, coaching and mentoring are becoming increasingly
popular as the most important on-the-job learning techniques. But it will be naïve to take
coaching and mentoring as elixir to all the development related ailments. Rather, their success
depends upon the needs and the culture of the organizations.
Periodic meetings to execute the plan:
Most mentors and protégés meet for performance planning, coaching, and feedback sessions.
Coca-Cola Foods views coaching as an interaction that enhances performance. By providing
goals, techniques, opportunities to practice and feedback, the coach helps the person increase
competence and the probability of success. The agreement that the coaching is valuable is the
It is easy to evaluate the success of the mentoring programme if periodic status report
submitted by Coca-Cola Foods mentors and protégés. Good rapport is also important because
coaching and mentoring are powerful relationships that are open to abuse from both sides.
The participants need to agree clear rules and boundaries before the process begins and stick
to the same parameters throughout. Unless there is total trust, openness and commitment to
confidentiality, the scheme will quite simply be unsuccessful.
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