Mentoring has proven to be a successful tool to support individuals to gain vital confidence and support during times of change in their life. They are more general than Enterprise or Career Circles™ and can support individuals on a more personal level as well as a professional level.
Mentoring Circles™ were developed by Inova Consultancy in 2001 and use an innovative methodology which combines the benefits gained from one to one mentoring with those from working with a group of peers. A combination of action learning, coaching and peer mentoring principles provides mentees with a wider source of support and inspiration for idea generation and greater creativity in problem solving during crucial times in their life.
Within the Circle suite of products, Inova has also developed and run:
• Enterprise Circles™ to support start-up businesses or to help you grow your existing business.
• Career Circles™ to support those looking for career development or who are returning to employment after a break.
Mentoring Circles™ usually have up to 5 individuals (mentees) working with 1 trained mentor/facilitator. Circles meet for an agreed number of sessions e.g. once every four to six weeks, over an agreed time period. A Mentoring Circle™ lasts approximately 3-4 hours with every member given the opportunity to discuss individual issues, followed by group support and members acting as a sounding board for individuals to bounce ideas and potential solutions to problems/issues.
• Help individuals through a period of personal reflection and self-development.
• Are based on an action learning methodology whereby circle members are encouraged to facilitate learning through asking open questions rather than offering advice and are encouraged to engage in self-reflection practices.