AmChamps attended the first mentoring workshop, where they were able to learn about the key features of the mentoring programme and topics important for personal advancement.
The workshop was led by Snežana Isaković of GiGroup, TACK and TMI Trainer and Certified Thomas PPA Expert, and Boris Bočvasrki, external TACK and TMI Trainer and standing member of the Generali Academy training team. The duo spoke about the concepts of mentor and mentee and highlighted the key features both should have. They emphasised that the act of ‘giving’ and the act of ‘receiving’ were crucial for each relationship, adding that mentoring was ‘partnership between one individual, who needs to learn something, and another, who is ready to help the first one and guide them in this process’. Snežana also emphasised the importance of learning methods, in particular the 70:20:10 approach, which has proven to be the most effective. In this method, practical activities account for 70 percent of all training. Mentoring and coaching are used for the following 20 percent, and formal learning represents the final 10 percent. The participants then discussed the zones of individual development – the comfort, stretch, and panic zone – sharing their experiences and suggesting ways of overcoming obstacles that each of the three zones can bring.
At the end of the workshop, the AmChamps engaged in a ‘relay’ activity, where they split into ten groups that worked together to creatively describe their observations of mentoring. The activity ended with each group presenting its topic and ‘passing the relay’ to the next group.