This week the NSW Bar Association held an event to bring together the participants of its 2015 Mentoring Program. Its a great program that seeks to support junior barristers in the first few years in their career at the Bar. In speaking at the event I interviewed two participants of last years program. As we find across all professions and sectors, they had found immense value in having a confidential, independent advisor who they could have honest, open discussions about work challenges, career plans, networks and life in this profession. In the case of the junior barristers, to have a senior member of the Bar, who is not their tutor or in their chambers, invest time and offer guidance in their practice and approach can make a significant difference. See more
Did you know?
- Research by international mentoring guru Professor David Clutterbuck has found that only about one in three mentoring relationships work if there is no training, whereas two in three will work if the mentor is trained. Training both the mentor and mentee should yield a 90%+ success rate.
- The 2014-2015 Workforce Management Trend Survey found that companies that use mentoring at the recruitment stage show higher job satisfaction and performance for the new employee.
Inspiration, Articles & Insights
HBR investigates the emerging trend of CEOs accessing seasoned counsel by engaging the services of experienced leaders from outside their company. The result: “we are convinced that more CEOs should connect with mentors rather than assume that theirs is a burden to be shouldered alone.” The researchers state that CEOs are routinely making decisions concerning matters they’ve never before tackled. “In such high-stakes situations, CEOs need wise mentoring…by role models who have been there and done that.”