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Renfrewshire Council, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, West Dunbartonshire Council, and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service participate in a Cross Organisational Mentoring Initiative.
The programme won the Professional Development Project of the Year Award at the SMN awards in 2015, and we have now launched our 4th cohort. Participants are either mentoring, or are being mentored by managers from the other organisations.
Mentees have benefitted from having an external ‘fresh’ perspective from similar organisations who are going through similar challenges (economic downtown, doing more with less, less staff etc.), are able to acquire skills and ideas from other organisations that can be transferred to their workplace, and have a critical friend who they won’t feel ‘threatened’ by.
Mentors have benefited by “reflecting on their own practices” and by supporting someone else to develop, they feel they have shared their knowledge, skills and experience.
Equally the partner organisations have benefitted by having managers who are more innovative, are more open to acceptable risk, and who have developed in a way in which we haven’t traditionally focused on before.