Academic journal article Manager

Mentoring at Work Getting the Balance Right

Academic journal article Manager

Mentoring at Work Getting the Balance Right

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The OU - bringing a world of learning to the world of work

In the Summer 2007 issue, on pages 6/7, manager announced that new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses, tailored specifically to meet the ever-changing needs of iam members, have been developed by The Open University (OU). A range of courses is offered, across a variety of relevant topics, including leadership and organisational management with a 10% discount to iam members.

All the courses adopt a blended learning approach and on average will only take you around thirty hours to complete - and that can be spread over a period to suit your own work-life demands. The ability to access expert support from your Learning Advisor helps you to maximise your learning, and completion of a Work Based Activity allows you to download a Certificate of Completion as hard evidence for your CPD. In addition to this, completing the Work Based Activity provides a real focus for reflection both on what you have learnt and how this will link to your own professional practice in the workplace.

A new course, Mentoring at Work, is now offered by the OU's Centre for Continuous Professional Development (CCPD), and, like all the University's courses, can be completed in the workplace or from the comfort of your own home.

Much has been written in recent years about the subject of Mentoring and many organisations and individuals have rushed to embrace the concept without thinking through what it means for the organisation, the mentor and, perhaps most importantly, the mentee (you may also see the term "protégé" used).

The new course Mentoring at Work sets out to get the balance right by helping existing and potential mentors to examine what they do, how they do it and why. It also encourages you to think, reflect on past experience and draw conclusions from this, helping you develop into a better mentor and leader.

The quality of the way you undertake the role of mentor is of critical importance. As a good mentor you not only develop the mentee, you also develop yourself and hence grow the organisation's capabilities in two ways. It is interesting to reflect on the fact that your work completing this course as a part of your ongoing CPD has a real, concrete output by enhancing your ability to assist others in their CPD activities!

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