I’m posting a request for proposal for my next mentorship relationship, not because I’m such a fantastic catch, more because I want more people to engage in these relationships.
I’ve enjoyed two awesome mentorship relationships (see: Now Reading: Don’t hand the keys over, collaborate with Gen Y | Ted Eytan, MD and Being a mentor, enjoying colleagues who are millenials. Look at these SMARTER Goals | Ted Eytan, MD). It’s time for the next one.
Why? Because (a) if someone knows how to do something better than me, I’m interested in knowing about it (b) I’m not that smart and my ideas are not that unique and (c) I and others have been conversations lately that confirm I am not the only one who believes in (a) and (b), which is a more important discovery than that any of us knows how to solve a problem.
A little background
I took a look in my electronic files and I remember a time, oh around 2008-2009, when I read stories of other companies who had set up so-called “intergenerational mentoring” programs, iconic places like Time Warner, Cisco, and Booz Allen Hamilton (How Gen Y & Boomers Will Reshape Your Agenda – Harvard Business Review) and wondered if we could be one of those companies and have programs like that. It turns out that we could, we are, and we have such a program, and are listed as one of the … The 10 Companies With The Happiest Young Professionals.
It’s what we wished for, so let’s take advantage/let’s keep it that way/spread it to others. If we did it, you can too.
Here’s what I’m looking for, then. Hint: copy, modify, and create your own (and share the results with me in the comments or via twitter).
Request for Proposal: Mentorship relationship
- Mentorship relationship: Structured, ongoing connection with another person who seeks to perform at their best for Kaiser Permanente members and help our organization produce total health for our members, their families, and communities, and maybe change the world also.
Requirements – Mentee
- Must be an employee of a Kaiser Permanente entity (medical group, health plan, doesn’t matter) – need to support the home team!
- Must plan to stay employed by a Kaiser Permanente entity during the mentorship term
- Ability to drive the relationship, which includes setting goals, sharing experiences, arranging times and venues to communicate – that’s the recommended approach, it has worked so far
- Ability to break the relationship, if a good fit is not achieved – suffering is optional
- Ability to place a focus on the mentee’s goals and wishes for the future – we won’t make this about me, that’s for my mentor 🙂
- Open to experiences that connect you to the member experience more closely and in different ways – we are here for them, after all
- Able and interested in promoting mentorship to others
Technical and infrastructure
- Work location flexible, California or Washington, DC preferred – greater likelihood of in person checkins – in person is the new online
- #activetransportation strongly encouraged, walking meetings will be involved
Assumptions and Agreements
- Glass half-empty or half-full are both fine, Cathedral builder over brick layer though
- Our generations have the power to change everything
Estimated Duration, Frequency, Type of Contact
- 1 year
- Contact approximately every 3-4 weeks, more frequently as needed
- Any and all modalities (experimentation encouraged, we’ve broken every high tech meeting device already): in person, phone, video, text, tweet
- kpmentoring.org – follow the instructions
Basis for Award of Contract
- Everyone is awarded a mentor and vice versa, if it’s not me, I’ll help find you one
Here’s my mentorship profile to see if it fits your RFP
|LinkedIn Profile||Ted’s LinkedIn Profile|
|Social networks||all of them. Try @tedeytan first|
|Office phone||(does anyone have one anymore?)|
|Preferred contact method||Email, Text, Tweet, if I can walk to it, I’ll do it|
|Current job title||Physician Director, Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health|
|Job Level||Director/Sr. Director|
|Department/Functional Area||The Permanente Federation, LLC|
|Regional Affiliation||The Permanente Federation, LLC|
|Office location||Washington, DC|
|Year I started at Kaiser Permanente||2008|
|I want my role to be:||Both|
|Number of Mentees I’m willing to Mentor||1|
|✓ Click to Read Expectations of Mentors and Mentees I have read, understand and agree to the ‘Expectations of Mentors and Mentees’|
|As a Mentor…|
|✓ I want to share my knowledge and help KP be the Best Place to Work|
|✓ I want to know what others are doing to be more patient and member-focused|
|✓ I want to improve my performance in relationship to the value compass|
|✓ I want to expand my network|
|I have subject matter expertise (SME) and/or experiences in the following areas:||Information Technology, Clinical Medicine, Diversity|
|I Have These Skills||Being more productive|
Developing career path
Discover and develop my strengths, talents, abilities
Interviewing for a new position or Interviewing others
|I Have These Behaviors||Champions Innovation and Change |
Deals with Ambiguity
Drives for Results
Focuses on the Customer
|Highest level of education||Medical School|
|Schools attended||University of California, University of Washington, University of Arizona|
|Employee Resource Groups||GenKP|
KP Pride: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex employees
|Other groups I belong to and other projects/activities in which I am involved with at Kaiser Permanente||Transgender Member Health Equity; Transportation/Food/Physical Activity and Health; Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health – part of the Kaiser Permanente Innovation System|
|Activities or groups I am involved in outside of Kaiser Permanente||ActionDesignDC, ActionDesigner.net|