I often discuss the value of one-on-one mentoring relationships with my clients as well as here on the blog (in fact, one-on-one mentoring makes up a significant portion of my professional practice). The assumption with mentoring is often that it is a one-way effort – veteran staff mentoring younger employees. However, there is just as much value in reverse mentoring – where senior employees benefit from a one-on-one learning relationship with someone who is much younger. The value can come in many aspects, but the most beneficial is likely in the area of technology.
When it comes to technology, there are many tools and resources out there that you may have never heard about. So if you are over 35 years old, it’s worth considering a reverse mentoring relationship with a younger work colleague. Ask your younger mentor what trends they are observing and what new technologies they are trying out. Ask them to show you how these tools work. Tell them about the work-related challenges you are facing and see if they have solutions to offer that you may not have considered, or for that matter, even know about. Continue reading