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CO3 Launches New Cross-Sectoral Mentoring Programme

CO3 Launches New Cross-Sectoral Mentoring Programme

CO3 Chief Officers 3rd Sector and the Northern Ireland Assembly are delighted announce that a new partnership has been formed to offer a cross-sectoral mentoring service to support senior executives.  This leadership development enables individuals to benefit from the experience and knowledge of their peers, either from within the Third Sector or from the public or private sector.

What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is a highly successful development tool at senior executive level because it is tailor-made to suit the individual. Points of concern and experiences can be discussed in a safe and confidential environment. Mentoring provides an opportunity for support outside of the organisation you work for, so it offers something different from supervision.  It’s a chance to reflect on your practice, and work through any issues in a non-judgemental environment. We know that by participating in the programme the leadership capacity of both the Mentor and the Mentee is enhanced.

Who can apply?

We are looking for senior executives to be Mentees. Mentees face a "new to them" situation or a specific issue, and would benefit from working this through with help from a Mentor.

We are also looking for Chief Executives and Directors to be Mentors with the following attributes:

  • a willingness to listen and to share their knowledge and experience
  • a keen interest in others and a willingness to share their successes and failures (i.e. they do not claim to be perfect!)
  • an open-minded point of view and enthusiasm to explore new ideas or ways to do things differently

How many places are there?

The mentoring programme will enable up to 30 leaders to be matched in the context of the mentoring programme.

What is the time commitment?

Leaders are matched with other leaders for a 12-month period. A Mentor will be asked to meet with their Mentee approximately every 4-6 weeks over the 12-month period.

When will it start?

The programme will begin in April 2015

How can I find out more?

Email tracey@co3.bz or Tel: 028 90 245 356.

If you then decide to become involved in the mentoring programme CO3 will provide you with all the training, information and materials you need.

We hope that you will consider taking part in this exciting project and look forward to hearing from you. If you would like further information please contact Tracey McCreanor on 028 9024 5356 or email tracey@co3.bz.

Here is a list of the top benefits as described by members who have been involved in Mentoring:

Having a Mentor

  1. It’s a free service.  A great leadership development opportunity.
  2. A friendly ear.  We know it can be lonely at the top. This is someone who can encourage you and boost you when you are down and who can often end up being a lifelong colleague.
  3. A Safe Space – this unbiased third party is someone you can talk through an issue with  and see options and find solutions.
  4. Learning from others – they have often been there done that! So you can repeat their successful strategies and also learn from their mistakes.
  5. Challenge – A Mentor can provide the challenge that you may not get from your SMT and help you move away from your bad habits to develop more successful ones.

Being a Mentor

  1. Free Personal Development – As part of the programme you will receive training on how to be a Mentor and your own soft skills will be enhanced.
  2. A time to Reflect – Mentoring gives you a great opportunity to reflect on your own self-awareness and leadership style and as a result be a more effective leader.
  3. The “Pass it on” Effect – Helping another person and seeing them develop and grow in confidence is very rewarding
  4. Recognitions – you will gain recognition by your peers, your Board and the Sector for helping develop leadership in the Sector.
  5. Challenge – A Mentee can provide you with challenge in a way that your own staff or Board may not be able to.

Other quotes:

“This is the best thing CO3 has ever done – thank you so much for the opportunity.”

“I have had a hugely positive experience and learnt so much from my mentor.”

“My ‘conversations with purpose’ with my mentor have been invaluable – not just for my own development but also for the development of my organisation.”

“My mentor genuinely provides a different perspective, actively listens and questions. We have set tasks and a focus for each meeting which makes me take time to look at, for example, my leadership challenges more theoretically.”

“My Mentor is so easy to talk to and has extensive experience in the areas that I need to discuss.”