Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Reverse Mentoring

Today, mentoring is quite common. Experienced professionals teach the ropes to the novices. In the past few years, however, many businesses are experimenting with reverse mentoring in which the younger generation tutors the older generation. In many cases, the focus is on tutoring the older professionals on how to make more effective use of electronic communication, for example, mobile phones and Twitter. However, if the older professionals really want to learn how to attract and communicate with younger clients, they may find reverse mentoring valuable.

In a couple of weeks, I will experiment with reverse mentoring in the law school. I will coordinate a faculty lunch entitled “What Makes for Good Teaching.” I am inviting five or six students to join us in a frank discussion of what works and what doesn’t work in the classroom. Stay tuned.



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