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Virgin Atlantic recently introduced a reverse mentoring programme, which is quite different from typical mentorship programs where the mentor is older than the mentee. By definition, reverse mentorship is when older executives are paired with and mentored by younger employees.
Reverse mentoring is not a new concept. It was popularized by Jack Welch, former CEO, General Electric (GE) back in 1999 when he did a pilot project where 500 senior and junior employees were paired up. Jack hoped the junior employees would teach their senior colleagues about technological tools and advancements.
In Virgin’s instance, the young mentors in the programme bring a unique viewpoint on issues such as ability, race and gender which encourages inclusivity of the underrepresented in the organisation.
Which issue are good at but feel like people are not familiar with and would like to mentor them on?