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Mar 28, 2023

The opportunities we have access to in life are shaped by our background, our environment and our networks. It is difficult to create equitable organizations if a single homogenous group are making most of the decisions. 

In Reverse Mentoring: Removing Barriers and Building Belonging in the Workplace, coach and author Patrice Gordon describes how connecting senior decision-makers with more junior mentors can help them understand one another. 

This week on The Mind Tools L&D Podcast, Patrice joins Ross G and Nahdia to discuss: 

  • what ‘reverse mentoring’ is  

  • the benefits of reverse mentoring for both parties 

  • the pitfalls of a reverse mentoring relationship – and how to avoid them.  

During the discussion, Ross also referenced The Business of Race. See episode 298 — How can L&D promote an anti-racist workplace?’ at: 

In What I Learned This Week, Nahdia discussed the TV show Abbot Elementary, streaming now on Disney+ (and not in fact on Apple TV, though we give a virtual high five to the fine folks at both streaming giants). 

Patrice discussed I, Human and the work of Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic. 

And Ross G shared more nonsense from his interactions with ChatGPT. 

For more from Patrice, see, or follow her on Instagram @MsPatriceGordon. 

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Mind Tools also covered reverse mentoring at: 

For our blog on ‘equality’ and ‘equity’, see:  

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