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Mentoring Programme Edition 3
Building on the success of the earlier two programmes, we are very happy to launch our third session on 19th April. If you are interested in joining this programme please register your interest and details here.
Based on the feedback from the mentors and mentees of the previous program, we are also planning to extend the duration of the program to around 9 to 12 months. This provides a much longer interaction. It was also suggested that we organise formal and informal events where established and experienced people can speak on topics like career management, mentoring and leadership. Additionally, we are also in the process of setting up an online forum where members will be able to post queries that could be answered by mentors and participate in discussions.
We would take this opportunity to thank all the earlier mentors and the mentees who have made this program very successful.
As a part of our new edition we are also announcing a talk by Viren Lall on 19th April to coincide with the launch of the Mentoring program.
How are we influenced, why does it happen, and how can we become better at influencing?
Soft skill session on understanding human behaviour, choosing, and influencing.
Soft skill session on understanding human behaviour, choosing, and influencing. Whereas most models of finance, economics, and strategy deal with human beings as rationale entities (computational machines generating best outcomes), the reality is far from it as evidenced from recent research on how we choose, how we are influenced and how we can use this to generate better outcomes.
Influence is the power to get things done without formal authority.
This is a soft skill session: The brief talk will introduce the key techniques of influencing, the rationale behind them and how they have been used successfully by governments (recently) to generate better public outcomes; by corporations to profit, and my individuals to negotiate better deals. The session will be interactive with a mix of real examples, thinking, and techniques.
About the speaker.
Viren leads business transformation in a global services organisation, in a key influencing role, and has trained over 200 managers in the last year in principles of transformation strategy. He also trains leaders from corporate and voluntary sectors in "systems thinking" and "organisation as system". He has interacted and worked with thought leaders from top business schools in organisation strategy and behaviour and leverages their work in practice and training.
Time: 5 :30 PM onwards
The event is free
We have just concluded our second successful year running our mentor-mentee program (MMP). Over the last couple of years, MMP1 and MMP2 have matched our very experienced panel of mentors with more than 25 mentees with a range of industry backgrounds and experience. Over a 3 to 4 month period each mentee had the opportunity to establish and grow an one to one relationship with his/her mentor. This structured but informal channel provided the mentees advice from anything from as a career track to pursuing their entrepreneurial ideas. We have had many success stories over the past years and the mentee found the interaction very beneficial . We are in the process of updating our program testimonials and we give below a small extract later in this mail.
Kunal Sharma, MMP2
When I enrolled for my mentorship program, I was at a cross-road of shifting my career and in the process of making applications to get interviews. Working with IITUK team helped boost my confidence, and within days of starting the mentorship process I had lined up a few interviews. The interview processes were quite lengthy and my mentor, He helped me brainstorm ideas for the best preparation needed for the subsequent rounds of interviews. During the interview process, he not only helped me juggle three different offers, but also successfully guided me to negotiate and expedite the offer with the company that I most wanted to work for. Eight months into my new job, I continue to get support from him on ideas to get the most out of my new job and the mid-level career change. Therefore, I would continue the mentorship program with him for another year. I would recommend mentorship program to anyone as very useful resource to get a highly experienced professional to brainstorm with you on your thoughts, ambitions, aspirations and ways to get there. Don't expect to get the 'right' answer, as no one could ever have those, but expect a highly intellectual conversation and you are assured to get one and many more.
MMP 2 Mentee (Name Withheld)
I was part of the MMP program for the year 2011 and would recommend it to everyone looking for any form of mentoring. How much you take away from this program depends on both the mentor that you are allocated and how enterprising one is. I lucked out as my mentor, whilst being very distinguished in his area, is also a very pleasant person which made interaction extremely easy. Though I had certain aspirations which he did not have a background in, his pragmatic suggestions did help me in taking the right decisions. My only regret from this program is that I should have taken this program earlier.
'I would like to thank IITLC for providing this plat form of Mentor Mentee program. Under IITLC MMP I met my mentor. I have obtained opportunities to seek his guidance, views and opinion over various issues irrespective however minuscule they were. Had IITLC committee member wouldn't have initiated this program I am not sure I would have got such opportunity to meet a mentor, a friend and a guide. This program is definitely one of the best initiative and should be continued to its next phase for the benefits of more individuals like me who shall be constantly looking for guidance and mentoring.'
'I benefited from the program in terms of not only getting guidance but also witnessing my mentor in action and learning some practical nuances for my planed project .His openness and availability enabled fruitful discussions, and any limitations on my performance during the mentoring period were solely due to personal reasons.'
'I have been privileged to be a beneficiary of MMP under my mentor..This program is really helpful, especially in the beginning of stay when you need to get acclimatize to the new environment. My mentor helped me to build contacts with fellow IITians and other persons for the job and networking purposes. He was very generous with his time. I think MMP is a unique support system for all your needs; b eit fighting with home sickness or getting a job or simply to have some one tos hare your thoughts. I wish it to be continued and to spread across all other IIT chapters.'
"MMP is one of the best initiatives of IITLC. It gave me an opportunity to not just expand my understanding of the consulting and corporate world, but also gave me a great opportunity for brain storming on different ideas, be it professional or social. Apart from the professional benefit that this program provides, I was greatly benefited by the social side of the mentor-mentee relationship. I can proudly say that I have found in my mentor an honest guide and a very good friend. I thank the MMP committee for giving me this opportunity to participate in this program."
'There are great opportunities even in these difficult times for aspiring and exceptionally well qualified persons such as IIT graduates in all walks of life. This is evidenced by the large numbers of IIT alumni in the senior most positions in large corporates as well as in the fast growing start-ups. Grab your opportunity. THere are many senior, fellow IITians who are wiling and able to help. Do use the IITUK MMP forum for this purpose'