What is Mentoring?

Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings a person together with another individual who offers guidance, support, and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee. A mentoring relationship is most often one-to-one, but some group mentoring relationships exist which entail one mentor with multiple mentees. Group mentoring of this nature allows for one-on-one relationships to be developed within a group setting.

What is a mentor?

A mentor is a trusted and faithful individual who listens, supports, and guides their mentee on a consistent basis over a specified period of time. The mentor is the one who initiates the flow of the relationship and invites the mentee to share and explore through open communication. A mentor helps the mentee find out where they want to go and helps them find positive and effective ways to get there, while also helping them to grow and develop along the way. [Read more...]

Coaching Benefits WIN Participants and Coaches

Suzanne MollPossibly the most impactful and pivitol aspect of WAN-IFRA’s Women In News (WIN) programme is career coaching. In order to assist participants from Botswana, Namibia an Zambia in developing their career roadmaps – detailed five-year plans for professional growth within the media industry – two international career coaches have been actively involved since WIN’s July launch; engaging WIN women regularly in person and over the phone.

The professional backgrounds of WIN’s coaches is equally as varied as the participants, who hail from a range of departments within the media industries of their respective countries. On one hand there is Beth Oakes, a Canadian executive advisor and founder of The Oakes Group; and on the other is Suzanne Moll, a Danish media veteran with a career spanning radio, television and newspapers.

Suzanne Moll shared her thoughts on taking on the role of a WIN Coach after decades in the media industry. [Read more...]

“A leader sets the culture for the organisation; a manager leads the team”

Respect for deadlines, being an ‘active’ listener and learning how to make decisions are key qualities of a good leader, said Paula Fray, expert trainer and Regional Director of IPS Africa, in her opening of a four-hour training session on leadership developed exclusively for participants of the WAN-IFRA Women in News (WIN) programme.

“All of this links up to the culture of the organisation. If you manage your own time well and respect the time of others, this sets the pace and culture of the organisation.”

18 media managers from business and editorial departments of newspapers in Botswana, Namibia and Zambia took part in the workshop, part of a three-day conference that included one-on-one coaching, multiple skills development sessions, roundtable discussions and networking activities. [Read more...]