generation of seafarers have untapped potential and seniors need to invest time
in mentoring relationships, said Senior Compliance Manager, V.Ships India,
Capt. Shoukat Mukherjee, Member CMMI On6th Oct at the Company of Master Mariners
of India(CMMI) in Mumbai. Addressing senior shipping personalities in Mumbai,
he urged them to introduce the mentoring program to employees at every level to
garner companywide support.
elaborating on how mentoring should be administered, he prompted the gathering
to help people understand the program goals, objectives and selection
methods; prepare enough publicity materials to be shared within the
organization; share the mentoring program’s progress and success; recognize
mentor for investing time and efforts to develop people.
debunked myths shrouding mentoring by enunciating that mentoring is a
programme and not an event; mentoring skills have to be developed and cannot be
learnt overnight; mentoring is different from coaching; every company can
decide to have a mentor bank to facilitate the choosing of mentors mentoring is
an agreed partnership and cannot be forced; you cannot become a mentor unless
you are a leader.
concepts in mentoring exercise in the course of his lecture, V.ships Compliance
Manager said Relationship Pairing Mentoring relationship is special - where two
people, related professionally form a bond. It is built on mutual trust and
respect. It is a powerful and emotional relationship, he added.
the mentor-mentee selection check list, he stressed on the need for a mentor
profile and how they can be handpicked / applications or can be invited on the
basis of what does company want to achieve? Take Guidance from benefits of
mentoring; decide goals and set targets which can be measured,he added.
Qualities of a Good Mentor
quintessential qualities of an ideal mentor, capt Mukherjee said mentor
should be non judgmental, Empathetic, Good listener Open/honest, Gives
feedback,etc. Amplifying at length, he touched upon the broad nuances of
mentoring framework including preparation of policy document, place
responsibilities on governance and process owner; clearly provide forms,
techniques and guidelines of the mentoring process; prepare Action Plans for
Launch and Implementation with timelines; review and Report to Key Sponsor and
chalking up the mentorship program, he advised the senior managers of the
shipping companies on identification of mentees,appraisals, age, special
skills, high potential – set guidelines Mentee source / levels, expected mentee
pool Communication Strategy – launch and develop and closing, develop a
communication strategy; Build excitement ; show Benefits both sides, recognize
‘We all know
the benefits of Mentoring – But do we know how to mentor?’ Key Elements in
Implementing a Successful Mentoring Program, CMMI member said it is hard to be
a mentor without being a leader. Mentoring is not a function, it is a
relationship or a partnership built on trust and faith (Example KBC) How we can
build trusting relationships within the Organization, he said.
Mentoring can also give you
a great overall sense of personal satisfaction, knowing that you are helping
someone else learn and grow on a professional and personal level, he added.
Both the mentor and mentee has to agree to the mentoring process, he sounded
and further stressed that mentoring Program will not be successful without