Reciprocal Mentoring

Nausheena Hussain
by Nausheena Hussain | Mar 23, 2012
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Summary:

We are very familiar with traditional mentoring when a senior (in experience) leader will mentor a younger employee, helping him/her develop into potential leaders. But the concept of Reciprocal Mentoring is that an emerging leader from a diverse background can reverse mentor a senior leader, thereby increasing cultural competance. This program was piloted and tested at Best Buy and is a success. However, it has the potential of being a statewide, national program to help increase cultural competancy, help business grow and thrive, and help communities come together. We need to implement a Reciprocal Mentoring program with today's diverse youth partnering with our very experienced, veteran leaders!

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About You

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Nausheena

Last Name

Hussain

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United States, MN

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Innovation

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Diversity Mentoring for Senior & Emerging Leaders

What is your best idea to build bonds and work together across cultures and faiths in your community?

We are very familiar with traditional mentoring when a senior (in experience) leader will mentor a younger employee, helping him/her develop into potential leaders. But the concept of Reciprocal Mentoring is that an emerging leader from a diverse background can reverse mentor a senior leader, thereby increasing cultural competance. This program was piloted and tested at Best Buy and is a success. However, it has the potential of being a statewide, national program to help increase cultural competancy, help business grow and thrive, and help communities come together. We need to implement a Reciprocal Mentoring program with today's diverse youth partnering with our very experienced, veteran leaders!

Impact and Sustainability

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How will your idea have a positive impact on your community?

The Reciprocal Mentoring program would positively impact our community through Twin Cities Fortune 500 companies and within the non-profit industry in three ways:
1. Increase in cultural competancy. Leadership at the top in many fortune 500 companies is predominately one race, one color, one gender dominated. This program would help increase cultural intelligence and create more diverse leaders. On the flip side, reciprocal mentoring between different non-profits would also increase cultural competancy. Imagine if a multicultural, bilingual female could reciprocal mentor with a environmental activist?
2. Diverse individuals are empowered and bring their wholeself to work and into society and are 100% more productive for the benefit of the community.
3. The companies they work for and the communities they serve will also benefit. The reciprocal mentoring pair will understand the needs of the employee, the customer, and the community and will be better equipped to create a more inclusive environment, products, and services to accommodate everyone.
This program has the potential to help communities that are constantly marginalized for being a minority. It shifts the paradigm and power equation so that they can embrace their diversity and be empowered by it. Together, the reciprocal mentoring pair continue to keep Minnesota a welcoming community.

What do you think the lasting effect will be if your idea is implemented?

This grant will help the reciprocal mentoring program get established:
1. As a non-profit organization with a Board of community activists and team of facilitators and trainers.
2. Help create a website, webinars, and elearning tools to help organizations implement the program as part of their employee development and talent retention programs.
3. The grant will help create an online support community with tools and consultants to help organizations implement the program.
4. A leadership summitt will be help to introduce the concept to Human Resource professionals and employers, invitiing them to test out a pilot program in their company.
5. Once a pilot program is established, the company and consultants will implement, monitor and measure its impact.
6. At the end of this period, a company wide launch will be held with mulitple workshops.

The grant will help get the first reciprocal mentoring program established. Once the tools are in place, the program will be financially sustainable through corporate sponsorships and revenue will be collected from corporations. This will also help pay for non-profit scholarships, allowing the non-profit organizations to participate without the burden of fees and payment. The program will start out by partnering with local Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits. The program has the potential of moving into small businesses, different industries including healthcare and education and going global, mentoring companies across the world.

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Kate Khaled said: I love this idea - the growth potential is incredible, and the potential mentorship combinations are exciting! Good luck! about this Competition Entry. - 2588 days ago read more >
Kate Dehmer said: This seems like an idea that would equally benefit the individual, an organization or local community, and the broader community. It's a ... about this Competition Entry. - 2588 days ago read more >

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