The matching process at CBF MWIB began with a series of questions, both mentor and mentee were asked to answer that helped the AI understand their unique needs and preferences. The AI algorithm then must have used this information to compare and contrast the responses of the potential mentor and mentee, looking for areas of overlap and compatibility. A match must be made based on the highest level of compatibility between two people. The perfect match does not only help in a smooth mentoring experience, but also in reaching the set goals of the mentee and also a great satisfaction of both parties. The AI-assisted pairing can bring a lot of precision and accuracy to the mentoring process and make it more effective, efficient and personal.
When applying to the program as a mentor or mentee, my advice would be to remember to provide accurate and truthful information during the matching phase. This will ensure that the system can match you correctly, and you can get what you hope to gain from the mentoring experience.
A Journey of Growth and Development
During the twelve-month programme, we discussed a range of topics related to professional and personal development, including (not limited to) setting SMART goals, creating systems to track progress towards those goals, establishing short-term and long-term business objectives, creating a business plan, implementing sales strategy and marketing.
Whenever Maureen came up with a fresh concept, closed a sale, hammered out a deal with a vendor, or overcame a challenge in a business plan, she would light up with excitement! She was never afraid to try something new, even if it meant stepping outside her comfort zone. Her questions, curiosity, drive to push herself beyond her comfort zone, and determination reminded me of my journey of entrepreneurship. Using my entrepreneurial experience of more than ten years combined with my work in the wellness industry, I could advise Maureen not only about professional matters but also guide her about personal development whenever needed, while making a difference in her life.
When I look back at the 12-month period, I can say that the elements that made our Mentor-Mentee relationship productive were:
- Open communication,
- Being proactive,
- Mutual respect and trust,
- Courage to go beyond comfort zone,
- Skillful Listening,
- An understanding that we are humans living our life with multiple perspectives, emotions and experiences
- Adopting a flexible approach in meetings and working with what’s present in the moment rather than following a strict timeline.