Leverage Mentoring to Inspire Potential and Drive Stronger Performance in Healthcare: Menttium Conducts Workshop at 2018 St. Kate’s IPE Summit
The month of April was a busy one for Menttium as we attended and presented at multiple conferences and events to bring visibility to the power of mentoring and its benefits. We conducted a session at the April 9 St. Kate’s Interprofessional Education Summit hosted by the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health. The conference brought together some of the most innovative minds in healthcare and business to discuss teams, roles, and the changing face of organizational structure, healthcare education, and collaborative practice. The conference theme was: “What if…The Impact of Innovation and Interprofessionalism on Healthcare.”
Sharing the Benefits of Corporate Mentoring at the St. Kate’s IPE Summit
Why show up at a healthcare conference? We are operating in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world and in the healthcare industry, this is even more evident. With transformational changes in every aspect of healthcare, from regulation to compliance to quality of care to data & technology to new products & services to the war for talent, mentoring can be a source of stability in a rapidly changing and challenging context. Additionally, the competition for top talent has never been greater. Formal corporate mentoring can play an essential role in developing and retaining key talent, as well as enable key talent to manage change more adeptly. As a result, Menttium has developed a strong base of clients in the healthcare industry and the St. Kate’s IPE Summit provided a perfect opportunity to connect with clinicians, administrators, and leaders.
Missy Chicre and Megan Cummings-Krueger from the Menttium Team led the session, including moderating an engaging panel discussion with two mentees, a mentor, and Program Manager from our Menttium community who represented Allina Health, United Health Group, and St. Kate’s. All of our panelists were able to speak firsthand about their experience with mentoring and make a direct connection to its benefits in the healthcare context. The resulting discussion brought forth by our panelists proved to be both stimulating and invigorating for all in attendance. With a wide range of perspectives, our panelists were able to communicate the impact corporate mentoring has played in their lives.
Key Themes and Takeaways
We focused on the benefits of mentoring and key elements of a successful mentoring program while calling upon our panelists to authentically share how mentoring has made a difference for them and their organizations. We shared both external data and research, as well as internal data from our Return on Mentoring reports about the power of mentoring in boosting confidence, engagement, readiness for career progression and likelihood of promotions.
Key points included the role of vulnerability and authenticity in developing a trusting mentoring partnership, helping mentors focus on what matters most to their mentee, setting up the mentor as a storyteller and guide rather than all-knowing sage, and how engaging clinicians in mentoring to boost them up has a direct impact on improved patient care.
- We know that building trust and rapport is absolutely critical in setting a mentoring partnership up for success; developing emotional safety is required for both mentee and mentor to be authentic and share the real challenges/opportunities they are facing at work and in their personal lives.
- The best mentors are those who share their own experiences (positive and negative) and ask powerful questions to guide their mentees to their own insights. Storytelling is a critical skill to mentor effectively. At Menttium, we say that mentoring is sharing hindsight that gives another person foresight.
- One of our panelists shared that by investing in key talent through mentoring in a healthcare environment, it enhances their engagement and therefore that carries over to those who are working with patients in terms of attitude, commitment and confidence.
Attendees were very engaged in the session and asked thoughtful questions of our panelists as they reflected on their own experiences with mentoring and how mentoring could fit into their organizations. By the conclusion of the event, all in attendance walked away from the discussion feeling invigorated and empowered. By sharing the personal, professional, and organizational benefits of corporate mentoring in both a healthcare and a general business setting, our speakers were able to convey to the audience how impactful and meaningful mentoring can be and its many advantages in the workplace.
Discover the Power of Corporate Mentoring with Menttium
If you missed out on the 2018 St. Kate’s IPE Summit, there are still ample opportunities for you to learn more about the benefits of corporate mentoring. Menttium takes pride in attending and leading numerous discussions and events throughout the year, so we’re sure we’ll see you soon. If you would like to learn more about how corporate mentoring can make a positive impact in the healthcare industry, please reach out to us today.
From left to right:
- Missy Chicre, VP Product Development & Consulting Services – Menttium Corporation
- Axmed Siciid, Guest Services – Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Allina Health)
- Bob Doyle, HR Consultant – Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Allina Health)
- Michelle Wieser, Associate Dean of Graduate Business Programs – St. Catherine University
- Jennifer Meyer, Director – Center For Clinician Advancement – UnitedHealth Group
- Megan Cummings- Krueger, Mentoring System Facilitator – Menttium Corporation