Mentoring Circles 2017-10-04T02:06:01+00:00

Mentoring Circles

Focus on deepening the relevant connections you’re making through CX, while furthering potential for both mentors and mentees.

How Mentoring Circles Work

Our mentoring committee assigns participants to small mentoring circles of 8 to 10 people, creating diverse groups for robust discussion and viewpoints. The circles then let participants share ideas and encourage each other to stretch themselves personally and professionally, while working together to build a professional network of peers.

Each circle is facilitated by an executive leader whose role is to lead the initial meeting discussion and facilitate conversations to allow circle members to stretch and challenge their thinking and professional development.

Members are assigned to circles through answers to a questionnaire that is used to obtain information on common development areas and goals, as well as meeting location and time preferences. Members are also placed into circles with consideration for diverse industry participation.

How are the circles supported?

While leaders will guide the discussion and development of the circle members, the circles are intended to be largely self-directed. The mentoring committee will work with each circle leader to see that meetings are productive and valuable.

How are the circles supported?

While leaders will guide the discussion and development of the circle members, the circles are intended to be largely self-directed. The mentoring committee will work with each circle leader to see that meetings are productive and valuable.

What are the participant expectations?

We encourage both leaders and members to openly discuss their goals and objectives for the mentoring circle, but would like to recommend some ground rules:

Mentor Leader

Start and end on time

Create a safe space for discussion

Facilitate meeting logistics

Be willing to lead discussions

Circle Member

Attend the meetings and participate

Keep discussions confidential

Be open, honest, and candid

At the midpoint during the program, each circle should provide a list of topics and conversations that inspired their circle to the committee members to share with other circles. The mentors and circle members will also be asked to participate in a short survey at the end of the six months.

Qualities of Mentors

  • Genuine interest in the professional development of others
  • Excellent coaching and feedback skills
  • Excellent communication skills and willingness to listen and help a mentee look at options and alternatives to address development needs
  • A good understanding of the CX culture and a willingness to share their perspective
  • Ability to commit to the program and the time required for the mentoring relationship
  • Experience that matches well with mentee’s needs
  • Member of CX in good standing

Essential Criteria for Successful Mentees

  • Demonstrated interest in developing their professional skills and expanding their network
  • Demonstrated interest in pursuing career development
  • Strong initiative and follow-through
  • Receptive to constructive feedback
  • Member of CX in good standing

To learn more, email Kelly Chamberlain at Kelly@CentralExchange.org