Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What Makes a Mentor?

The 2012 Communications School presented an excellent opportunity to reintroduce the NAGC Mentor Value Program (MVP), a program we announced on the blog earlier this year

Purpose of MVP
The program provides the foundation to have experienced public affairs professionals work closely with those just entering the field or changing direction in their career path.  MVP is designed to provide support, knowledge transfer and networking opportunities, enhance communication and collaboration at all levels within the profession, develop a network of mentors who are respected and recognized for their valuable role in communications and create a learning environment  where mentoring is an integral part of the way NAGC does business.

Mentees will have the opportunity to gain exposure and access to employees at different levels, gain an understanding of communication principles, values, relationships and unwritten rules, make achievable, realistic career plans, identify developmental opportunities and increase professional, technical and managerial skills and improve individual performance, productivity and preparedness to pursue professional and technical opportunities.

Mentors are NACG members who have volunteered to answer questions, provide career-related advice and coaching and help bridge the gap between the academic environment and the outside professional world. NAGC MPV mentors may vary considerable in their individual approach to mentoring, depending on their experience, time availability and personality.

How to Participate
How does it work? NAGC members who volunteer are asked to complete a mentor profile sketch and new members who would like to participate in the program will complete a Mentee Form. After a Mentor and Mentee are brought together, they will jointly create a development plan that includes ways in which the Mentor can assist the Mentee achieve his/her goals.

Please consider being a part of this valuable program that allows communication experts the ability to share their knowledge in a one-on-one setting. For more information go to the NAGC website

How Do You Mentor Your Employees? 
And while NAGC is launching this program, more food for thought: even if you don't participate in a mentoring program, how do you mentor your employees during a time where most of us see our training budgets cut significantly? 

Contributed by Liz Hamm, Public Information Officer at Bernalillo County, NM, and Development Director for the NAGC Board. of Directors.  

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