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Want to do even more as a mentor?

Become a group mentoring leader!

Interested in the prospect of having an impact on even more entrepreneurs in your area? Looking to take your mentorship skills to the next level in a dynamic and rewarding context? Then group mentoring is for you!

 

The Réseau M group mentoring program is...

  • A program developed as part of the Réseau M pilot project in Montreal and Quebec City in 2017 that has delivered compelling results.
  • Specialized training (available free of charge through Réseau M) to help you hone your natural leadership and facilitation skills (with accreditation for select group mentors).
  • A toolkit to help you deploy the program in your region easily and quickly, working alongside your mentorship cell. It includes a series of guides and communication tools to promote group mentoring.

 

Benefits of group mentoring for mentees

  • Provides immediate access to real-life experiences and examples that are as diverse as they are relevant.
  • Helps entrepreneurs forge or fine-tune their vision.
  • Inspires entrepreneurs to be more proactive by putting them in contact with other entrepreneurs.
  • Encourages them to ask questions and opens up new opportunities.
  • Helps them build a broader network of entrepreneurs with similar values.
  • Lets participants get a better handle on who they are and what they want.
  • Keeps entrepreneurs focused on their priorities.
  • Breaks down the walls of isolation and builds up entrepreneurs’ confidence in their own abilities and in their business.
  • Makes mentoring more accessible (group mentoring can be easier and more cost-effective to set up than individual mentoring for some mentorship cells).
  • Prepares entrepreneurs for a typical mentoring relationship (mentor/mentee dyad).

 

How cohorts work

  • Monthly three-hour meetings with two group mentors with a background in business and specialized mentorship training.
  • An initial full-group meeting to introduce the members of the cohort to one another, explain the program logistics and identify participants’ needs.
  • A subsequent series of eight to nine meetings where entrepreneurs can discuss their respective challenges, concerns and outlooks and talk about a topic chosen by their group. Each of these topics will focus on helping entrepreneurs maximize their potential (leadership, team building, vision/passion, etc.).
  • A private Facebook group to keep the members of the cohort updated and create a forum where entrepreneurs can continue to interact and network.

Group mentoring is complementary to individual mentoring and may help prepare entrepreneurs for a subsequent dyad (mentor-mentee) relationship.

 

Qualifications to become a group mentor

  • Open to practicing and retired entrepreneurs;
  • Experience starting up a business* (currently in operation or not);
  • Experience managing one or more employees;
  • An active mentor (in a dyad) accredited by Réseau M (compulsory attendance of the introductory workshop “Is Mentoring for Me?”);
  • Completion of the Réseau M group mentor workshop;
  • Strong group leadership and facilitation skills :
    • ACTIVE LISTENING
    • Group moderation
    • Flexibility
    • Organization
    • Ability to guide discussions (ask questions, rephrase/clarify statements, provide positive reinforcement, etc.)
    • Humility, patience, sense of humour
  • Ease in working with Facebook (preferred);
  • Availability for group meetings over a one-year period.

 

Role of the group mentor

  • Organize and prepare cohort meetings;
  • Work with the coordinator to manage the group (guide group dynamics as needed);
  • Lead meetings (in conjunction with a second mentor);
  • Be available to provide follow-up and feedback at the midway point and at the end of the program, in conjunction with the coordinator;
  • Provide logistical support and take part in discussions between meetings (e.g., via the Facebook group).

*For groups of startup entrepreneurs. For groups of entrepreneurs who plan to sell their business or pass the torch to a new owner, the group mentor must have succession-related experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interested to become a group mentor?

Group mentoring is currently available exclusively in the Laval and Montreal areas.

Contact Rina Marchand

rmarchand@entrepreneurship.qc.ca

 

 

Group mentoring is complementary to individual mentoring. In every way.

“Individual mentoring revolves around the entrepreneur. Group mentoring helps me put my successes and challenges in perspective so I can benchmark my performance against my peers in a constructive way.

It’s also a source of possible solutions for some of the roadblocks we face. The opportunity to get out of our basement and our respective ‘bubbles’ to get feedback for our ideas.”

Marie-Andrée Mackrous, HUIT JUIN maison

SAGE - Mentorat d'affaires, Quebec City