Dr. György Beck received the 1st prize of the 2021 Mentor Oscar Award
03 November 2021
We are proud to share that Dr. György Beck our Faculty Member received the 1st prize of the 2021 Mentor Oscar Award in individual category.
In this occasion, we talked with György about his decades long experiences in mentoring (both in being a mentor and a mentee himself) and we also highlight some interesting insights regarding the benefits of mentoring.
For more info about the Mentor Oscar, the list of the individual and organizational category winners and the related presentation by György, see the last part of the article.
As people work in more diversified industries and face increasing challenges, I think the benefits of the mentoring are three-fold:
So the mentor’s contribution to the development of a mentee is absolutely versatile.
It’s a process-based discussion, but not chit-chat. While both parties are learning from each other.
In addition to that, in certain cases the mentor is outside of the company’s internal network and policy, so this external viewpoint could help a lot. The mentor provides his/her network too, which could be also beneficial for the mentees.
I was very lucky, because I always had very great and inspiring leaders in the beginning of my career, from whom I could learn a lot. Later at multinational companies, I also took part in several useful leadership trainings.
I used to lead mentoring discussions in different companies for long years, but as an in-depth concept and profession I met mentoring at SEED.
Actually, the SEED approach with the learnings and commitments in a 4-month and 6-month long personal journeys provide a great framework and model for my mentoring.
We can reflect on these in our discussions, but the participants also bring their own personal cases and topics, which fuel our conversations.
One of the main reason why I am doing this, because I wanted to make easier for younger managers and leaders to gain the essential skills and knowledge, so mentoring is a great tool to support them.
Mentoring requires trust in each other, I think it is the most important.
You have to achieve the open communication and the trust as quickly as possible.
Then you can discuss all kinds of emerging topics with each other.
Mentoring needs also a well-defined process, in which at the first step we meet together and introduce our backgrounds, stories and experiences. At this point the mentee sees, in which topics could be the mentoring useful for him/her and we discuss the focus and the frequency of the mentoring.
I have mentored over 200 professionals during the years and I believe a clear process, a specific professional framework like at SEED could help a lot in facilitating the discussions and supporting the personal development.
Recently, I have mentored not only experienced business managers or leaders, but also talented professionals from other areas like film directors, psychologist with different start-up initiatives or also university students.
There is a lot to benefit, not just for the mentees but also for the mentor from these professional discussions. While the real success for a mentor is that the mentees – even after a year or more – will contact you, because they trust you and are ready to talk again even about their newest opportunities or challenges.
Thank you for the discussion, Gyuri!
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Research about the benefit of mentoring:
As studies say, mentoring is one of the most effective talent and knowledge management tools. It clearly sees, that investing in the management and leadership skills pays off in performance and productivity.
Study + Link: the research by Olivet Nazarene University with 3.000 people about professional mentor-mentee relationships in 2019
In 2021, the Mentor Oscar was awarded in different categories:
Click here to read the presentation by Dr. György Beck on the Mentor Oscar Award ceremony.
Click here to read the detailed news about the Mentor Oscar Award (in Hungarian) by Magyar Coachszemle online.