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‘’Working together can lead to innovative solutions to old problems’’ — Deloitte 2019 Insights, (Sethu, 2021)

Each institute has its own policies for reverse mentoring relationships, the aim of this article is to share the personal experiences of an employee regarding the use of reverse mentoring for personal growth and transformation.

Be Curious – “I have no special Talent. I am only passionately Curious” – Albert Einstein.

You as a mentee should improve your intellectual curiosity and openness. Curiosity describes as the desire to explore novel and challenging events.

Observe how the kids are using technology to solve their problems – “We need to remember across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach” – Gloria Steinem.

If you actually want to realize how literate the current generation are then have a look at how they adapted to the pandemic and the use of online platforms, google calendar, google meet etc. they also found new methods to use technology to connect and collaborate with their friends. Be open and curious enough to detect how the kids use technology in their daily lives, and you will gain a lot.

Be a mentor – “If you want great mentors, you have to become a great mentee. If you have to lead you have to first learn to follow” – Tim Ferriss.

In workplaces where there is a formal reverse mentoring structure, the best method to learn from the new employees is to mentor them. This is one area where I have learned a lot and understood the dynamics of managing and working with Gen Z employees.

Develop Learning Agility – “The illiterate of the future are not those who can’t read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler

Unlearning is crucial in the learning process, mentoring and training will not be effective if you are not willing to let go of past knowledge. This is also true in the cases where you learn from someone younger.


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