Mentoring programs are valuable training tools


Like Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel in "The Karate Kid," mentors can impart invaluable knowledge to younger generations.

Robin had Batman. Daniel had Mr. Miyagi. One became a crime fighter and the other won fame and glory in a local karate tournament. Granted, these examples have their genesis in comic books and film, but the core concept is sound – mentors help young talent flourish.

An important part of any company training program is ensuring that team members grow personally and professionally so that they can contribute to the organization's success. But, in order to do this, business leaders need to identify areas where their employees are most and least skilled. They should also look to uncover the career goals of each worker.

Once this has been accomplished, individuals can be paired with more seasoned company veterans who can act as a mentor, guiding their development. The result will likely be a more well-rounded and skilled workforce, ready to help the organization rise to new heights.

Earlier this year, in an article for tech and business blog Inc., Blinds.com founder and CEO Jay Steinfeld discusses the importance of starting a mentor program and getting managers involved.

"We then can dive into a one-on-one session about leadership, priorities, and anything in the big picture that one of us might be overlooking," he writes. "Even better, they carry this idea forward to their own teams, too. This creates layers of mentors throughout the company that empower everyone to grow and share with one another in ways I could never anticipate."

Through the use of Web survey software, business leaders can identify employee skill sets, goals and concerns and then use that information to pair them with the right mentors within the company.

They can also use a training management system to track the progress of each pairing and how it impacts job performance.

With the right approach to mentoring, organizations are sure to see talent grow and flourish along with their business.

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