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Reverse Mentoring

What is Reverse Mentoring?

Reverse mentoring is where junior employees act as mentors to senior leaders or executives.

Why Reverse Mentoring?

With change and uncertainty in the world of work, it is neither realistic nor relevant for leaders to hold all the solutions. Reverse mentoring is one of the best ways to identify the real organisational challenges and how to address these in a bespoke way.

Reverse mentoring can facilitate a cultural transformation where those more junior and unrepresented become catalysts for change. It is a unique vehicle to accelerate leadership and culture change in the areas of

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Technology advancement
  • Breaking down harmful assumptions and unhelpful perspectives
  • Creating a mutual understanding and shared purpose
  • Levelling the power dynamic in an organisation

The Benefits

  1. For anti-discriminatory practises in the workplace and equality, diversity & inclusion, reverse mentoring

  • Creates dialogue which results in giving more opportunities for unrepresentative and minority voices to inform strategy
  • Provides the conditions for individuals to voice their opinions with confidence and impact
  • Enables understanding behind the data. Data analytics is the easy part. Reverse mentoring increases the chances of genuine change through really understanding the ‘lived experience’, a far more powerful element.
  1. For culture change, reverse mentoring

  • Ensures that policy and procedural change is accompanied by sustainable behaviour and attitude change
  • Creates dialogue based on reality, not theory, which leads to action.
  1. For inclusive leadership and personal development, reverse mentoring

  • Breaks down harmful assumptions and unhelpful perspectives
  • Creates a mutual understanding and shared purpose
  • Levels the power dynamic in an organisation.

For all of the above, reverse mentoring is an effective and swift way to get information from the ‘frontline’ to improve decision making at the ‘top’.

The process ensures change happens quicker than programmatic approaches. It is the ‘Agile’ equivalent approach to culture change.

Our Approach

We empower mentors to interact with their mentees (Executives) to create the conditions for psychological safety and trust. The work includes:

Our Success Criteria

We generate success criteria to measure the impact of Reverse Mentoring, aligned to each organisation’s specific goals, as this example shows:

What participants have said about the value of Reverse Mentoring at an NHS London Trust