MENTORING IS A LEARNING PROCESS THAT WORKS BOTH WAYS.
Gender equality and diversity are leadership issues.
Not least #metoo has clearly shown that gender inequality is not something that can, or should, be left to be handled solely by HR or gender equality/diversity groups with limited powers.
The leadership has to be leading the way, and will be the ones who are ultimately responsible for the way their organizations and businesses are run. Not working with these issues can prove to be very costly.
Sometimes, the best solution for leaders and leadership teams can be personal mentoring.
Mentoring allows for a safe place to learn and ask questions, and by having an external resource of expertise, there is also the opportunity to communicate with someone who dares to question the way things are currently set up or run – seeing things that could be improved - and being in a position of power-balance to be able to suggest such changes.
(Internal employees often operate under a power-imbalance where it is much more difficult to have an open discussion. This power imbalance between a leader/employee can also make it difficult for leaders to ask honest questions, or have opportunities to learn of concepts that they may not feel comfortable with or yet grasp).
At Take Two, we have extensive experience as mentors and Gender Coaches.
Christina Knight has been a mentor to a wide range of people of all professions in the media industry as well as in a number of leading educational institutions, while Viktoria Saxby has experience as a Gender Coach with leadership teams and Heads of large organizations and authorities, ranging from the top leadership of Armed Forces and Police Departments, to leadership teams and owners/partners of law firms and media companies.
Mentorship programs can also be set up within organiztions and businesses, where new, junior talents can be paired with older, senior talents to improve and speed up transferal of knowledge and give new employees a faster track to the trade - ultimately benefiting the organization/business as a whole.
As an example, a mentorship program within the judicial branch in Sweden (“Hilda”), led to an increase of women as heads of courts from 12% to 46% in less than 10 years.
Mentorship programs can also be a great way to work around the Executive Leadership´s time schedule in the optimal and most beneficial way.
Contact us to see what we can do for you!