The purpose of the Global mentoring program was to support the professional development of our people. Another important goal of this cross-organizational program was to break silos and build bridges inside Metso Outotec. We strived to do this by matching Mentees with Mentors that were often coming from different areas of business and different locations.
Accelerating growth via Global mentoring program
The amount of applications was something we weren’t prepared for. Within one working day, we received 160 Mentee applications from all over the world. We also received almost 100 Mentor applications. It became clear that there has been a demand for this kind of program in Metso Outotec.
After carefully reading all the applications and making the difficult decisions from all the excellent applications, enthusiastic mentees were selected, matched, and paired with experienced mentors and the 6-month journey began.
The program started with a kick-off call full of Mentees excited to develop themselves and Mentors looking forward to sharing their knowledge and guiding their Mentees. The mentees made a personal development plan and the pairs agreed on a meeting schedule for the next 6 months. At the midpoint of the program, the participants came together to share their reflections, learnings, and best practices. At the end of November, we had a closing call to wrap up the program.
By looking at the feedback, it seems that together with the amazing participants, we have managed to bring different cultures and organizations together and helped people understand the complexities of our big company. The Mentees have been helped to understand their strengths and weaknesses and make action plans to develop those. The program has given the participants a chance to hear and be heard and share their experiences and knowledge. It has helped the participants to reflect on their careers and also to focus on the positive things, in the middle of a pandemic.
Thank you Mentors and Mentees for making this program a great one!