Facing The Future TogetherThe Value of Mentoring Dawn Whittaker Networking Women in the Fire Service
The Definition "Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be." Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring
Coach or Mentor? Discuss • What do you consider the differences? • What makes a good mentor – top 3 things • What value does a mentor add? Handout
Choosing a mentor • Most importantly - Decide what you need in a mentor - what skills would you like to develop • Research - find out what the prospective mentor is like. What is his or her communication style? Ask others for their insights. Get testimonials from people they have mentored before. • Credibility – choose someone who has got to where you want to be and who inspires you. • Respect and Trust • Try a few! • Have an agreement!
Mentoring in the Fire Service - Now • Local schemes – with councils and other partners (learning compacts) • Within forums – such as Networking Women, CFOA etc • In other FRS or Emergency services
Mentoring in the Fire Service – Future? • Help shape the future – join the ASPIRE working group • Use the network • What do you want it to be?
A few signposts • www.horsesmouth.co.uk - online mentoring • www.coachingnetwork.org.uk - CIPD recommended - independent portal site. • www.enterprising-women.org - a learning community