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Executive Mentoring Case Study

Menttium’s Executive Mentoring program provides your senior leaders access to an executive or c-suite mentor. Accelerate your senior leaders’ ability to achieve business objectives and enhance their overall leadership capabilities.

Background

Benjamin, an Executive Director in a Biotechnology Company, was selected to participate in the Menttium Executive Mentoring Program. This program prepares senior leaders for continued growth and impact by placing them in a mentoring partnership with a Senior Executive.

Ben was tapped to create a new department in a fast-paced growing Biotech Company. He was a strong business generalist; however, he felt his lack of deep knowledge on the scientific side of the biopharma industry was a big gap to fill to be positioned for a larger leadership role.  During his Menttium interview, Ben and the Menttium advisor identified leadership development areas he wanted to focus on with his mentor.

Focus Area

Ben was paired for a year-long mentoring partnership with Chris, President and COO in the Healthcare Industry.  Ben wanted to work with a mentor who was also a business generalist in a highly technical field.  He sought out advice from his mentor on influencing others; developing and building high performing teams; conflict management; and navigating organizational politics.  Ben reported that Chris helped him overcome his insecurities; taught him the importance of understanding other people’s perspective; and helped him be more proactive.

Leadership Impact

“I’ve really learned how to build meaningful relationships. My mentor has helped me learn how to interact more successfully with my team, my boss, my peers, and other Senior Leaders.”

Benefits to Your Organization

How it started – Feedback Month 2

“Chris has helped me focus on the right things. I’ve learned that leading through influence is critical and that the soft leadership skills are really important. My self-awareness is also growing. I followed his suggestion to implement a 360 to get a better perspective on my leadership opportunities. I recently completed a self-assessment about my personal development for my boss and he commented that it was the most thoughtful assessment he had ever received. I attribute a lot of that to the discussions with my mentor.”

How it ended – Feedback Month 12

“When our company went through an integration, Chris helped me get right to the point of what I needed to do differently. I have been able to manage up more effectively which has allowed me to have different conversations with my boss, who is thrilled with my progress.”

Benefits to the Mentee

“Chris is constantly thinking about my situation which means a lot to me. He is a quick read and has incredible business savvy. He gets it. I am so appreciative of this program. I have had other mentors, but Chris is by far the most influential and helpful mentor I’ve ever had. I am looking forward to learning more about what to anticipate and what I will encounter in the next 3-5 years. I’m sure Chris will have many insights.”

Highlights

“I became a Dad for the first time during this partnership.  Chris helped me realign my priorities to keep everything in balance during my paternity leave.  At the same time, I have become a stronger leader and contributor to my organization. I’m very happy with the partnership and wouldn’t change anything.”

Overall Satisfaction with Selected Mentor

“Chris and I were able to immediately build a connection. Given his experience, he was able to ask the right questions to redirect me to the areas I really needed to work on. Chris can get to the crux of an issue quickly.  He’s a great listener and is very invested in our relationship.  He was always ready to jump on the phone when I needed him. We have so much in common and are able to relate to one another. Chris offered to continue our relationship beyond the formal mentoring experience.  He really has been an incredible mentor; I am so grateful for the program and for my pairing with him.”

Context: Many of Menttium’s mentoring partnerships create lifelong connections with mentees and mentors keeping in touch over the course of their careers.

Outcome

Ben helped his team navigate a merger with another Biotechnology company and was promoted to Vice President. Two years after the partnership was completed, Ben and Chris still check in with each other and feel they both gained a meaningful relationship that will endure.

95% Strongly Agree or Agree this Experience Strengthened their Job Performance

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100% Strongly Agree or Agree this Experience Strengthened their Leadership Skills

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98% are Very Satisfied or Satisfied with their Goal Achievement

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95% Strongly Agree or Agree this Experience had a Positive Impact on their Intent to Stay at their Sponsoring Company (Retention Indicator)

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