A study conducted in 2012 in collaboration with Étienne St-Jean showed that ongoing mentor training helps improve soft skills and develop an approach more closely aligned with the needs of mentees. Similarly, the study found that continued skills development activities for mentors gave them the tools to constantly sharpen their approach, re-examine their practices and stay on track with Réseau M’s core philosophy.
In an effort to provide effective guidance and leadership , Réseau M has developed a unique lineup of skills development and recognition activities for mentors.
- Introduction to Mentoring – Is Mentoring for Me? (also available in distance learning format)
- Be a Better Mentor
- Broaden Your Mentoring Capabilities
- Mentorship for Social Economy Entrepreneurs (required to be accredited as a social economy mentor)
- Mentoring in a Takeover Scenario (required to be accredited as a mentor for transfers of ownership)
- Entreprendre, ça te branche ?! (required to be accredited mentor for young entrepreneurs)
- Group Mentoring (required to be accredited mentor for group mentoring)
Designed to leverage mentors’ experience to the fullest, these workshops:
- Are a half-day in length
- Feature simulation, role-playing and teamwork activities
- Espouse a dynamic learning strategy that links the desired skills with concrete plans of action
- Use tangible examples from trainers and mentors.
“Transfer of Ownership” accreditation
This accreditation program gives entrepreneurs who have gone through a change of ownership (from either side of the deal) the chance to let others benefit from their experience. The accreditation also lends additional legitimacy to the mentor’s role in a transfer scenario, which can be a considerable benefit in the eyes of other stakeholders, who will then spread the word to their clients.
“Social Economy” accreditation
Because social economy entrepreneurs face a specific set of challenges and difficulties, they stand to benefit greatly from the unique insight of a mentor with experience as an executive or officer of a non-profit organization. This accreditation recognizes entrepreneurs’ skills and experience in the social economy niche, thus bestowing on them an extra level of legitimacy as mentors in this field.
“Young Entrepreneur” accreditation (Entreprendre, ça te branche ?!)
This accreditation is for mentors who want to help ignite the entrepreneurial spark in young people and instil values conducive to entrepreneurial development. Mentors accredited under this program can give presentations to schools and other educational institutions so they can share their experiences with the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
“Group Mentoring” accreditation
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
- 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.