One of the most powerful ways to develop and retain talent in an organization is by providing mentors to high potential employees. Mentors can play a multifaceted role in accelerating employee development, flexing and adapting to each protégé’s specific development needs. Research has shown that people who have mentors  typically have stronger commitment to their careers, commitment to their organization, and satisfaction with their jobs overall. While some employees will take the initiative to seek out and spend time learning from a mentor on their own, many don’t know how to initiate a relationship or even feel that they cannot take the time away from their day job to be available for mentoring. A facilitated (formal) program can help those employees access the mentoring they desire.

Our work on facilitated mentoring programs focuses on achieving two primary goals: