Generation pairing in business for 2017

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“Generation Pairing” is not only a buzz-phrase but also a 2017 business trend worth considering.


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“Generation Pairing” is not only a buzz-phrase but also a 2017 business trend worth considering. This is where new graduates or otherwise known as Millennials with innovative thinking and who have potential to grow into business influencers and leaders, are paired with executives, directors or heads of departments for mentorship and coaching. Don’t see this as a one way relationship – there is also a lot to gain from the younger generation.

Sometimes referred to it as ‘reverse-mentoring’, where the older generation learn just as much from the younger generation. Mentoring establishes trust and encourages persistence. New insights are generated in mentoring relationships and shared with others. Through this productivity can be enhanced. The key to a successful ‘Generation Pairing’ mentorship is to practice active listening and to build collaborative relationships.

The 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey found that 63% of millennials say their leadership skills are not being fully developed. This survey also stated that those intending to stay with their organization for more than five years are twice as likely to have a mentor (68%). Millennials frequently look for purpose in their work. They want to explore and learn to create joy in their careers. Mentoring and training young leaders help a company to evolve to meet the future generations’ needs.

As this is a two way relationship beneficial to both parties, it enables management to get a completely new perspective on the services and products through involving a new, fresh generation, with top level thinking and problem solving. This generation is ultimately the future customer as well. A new and refreshed company culture can be created in this manner.

If you think about it and read through various research, people change their jobs more frequently and there is a chance that you end up being mentored by someone younger or mentoring someone older.

Traditional mentorship is not what a millennial is looking for, so consider the different types of mentorship, before the mixing and matching starts. A lot of research has been done, as well as numerous articles have been written about this subject. A few types of mentoring like co-mentoring or network mentoring, micro mentoring, virtual mentoring, group mentoring and reverse mentoring are mentioned. The process of mentorship is evolving. Keep a look out for our next article explaining different types of mentorship.

*The Mindspa Institute offers a wide variety of soft skill training course in South Africa. The concept and implementation of Mentoring and Coaching of individuals in business have grown significantly in recent years in South Africa as business recognises the increased value of retaining and growing star performers. Regular Mentoring and coaching sessions keep individuals on track in terms of the values, vision and strategy of the business and assist in the development of people in organisations.

This NQF level 5 course will equip leaders with the tools to implement a mentoring and coaching approach to help unlock potential, reinforce strengths and counteract any negative behaviour, all with the aim of maximising the individual’s performance. Contact our head office by emailing [email protected] or [email protected] or [email protected] . For inquiries in Cape Town email [email protected]

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