The trend is clear: mentoring has moved away from an exclusive, intensive, one-on-one, long-term relationship between two people to a diverse network of advisors to support different aspects of one’s career development. The traditional mentor/mentee relationship is much less effective in the current business environment because of the mobility of individuals, pace of business, dispersed nature of the workforce, complexity of careers, and level of effort for organizations to match and support one-on-one mentoring. While one-on-one relationships are effective for many, having multiple relationships is well-suited to today’s work environment and more easily implemented by organizations.

WFD has created Peer Mentoring Circles Programs 1 & 2 to support talent management objectives in today’s fast-paced and highly competitive talent marketplace.  With a skill-building curriculum, relationship-building activities, handbooks and session guides, these programs offer a cost-effective and sustainable mentoring/professional development solution that is “high touch/low administration.” 

Our clients are utilizing these programs to provide employees with the skills, networking, and career development support necessary to enhance and build the talent pipeline.  In many cases our clients have implemented these programs as part of their Diversity & Inclusion efforts.
This structured program uses one or two leaders to guide the career development of up to twelve men and women, lays the foundation for their self-directed career management and is perfect for use by affinity groups and employee/business resource groups.

The Mentoring Circles Program for Early Career Employees (MCP1) is a self-contained and sustainable peer mentoring program where participants meet for two hours at four to six week intervals for about one year for networking, skill-building, and career support. Groups should be no larger than eight to twelve participants. Additionally, the program includes a self-directed career component in which participants develop a personal career plan and identify a unique team of advisors to support them.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Provide mentoring, skill-building, and networking opportunities for early- and mid-career employees
  • Create a peer network that helps build self-confidence as well as personal and professional effectiveness
  • Promote self-directed career management through a Personal Board of Directors
  • Provide leadership opportunities for the senior leaders who guide the groups

The program includes a scripted guide for each session and includes a 60-minute professional development component; forty minutes dedicated to peer coaching on business issues; and 20 minutes on networking, planning, and session feedback. Assignments include reading and exercises designed to prepare each individual to fully engage in each session.

Click here for more details on the MCP1 program and the materials provided.

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