While this blog has spoken about a valuable role
“reverse mentoring” is for many, it is a fuzzy term.
The reason for pointing this out is observed by
perusing Leslie Kwoh’s article on the topic
highlighting a concept favored by former GE CEO
The communication paradigm has shifted about
knowledge and wisdom transfer. With faster
adoption and change, expertise has a shorter lifetime
and needs more frequent upgrading and refreshing.
Some commenters suggest that reverse mentoring
can be observed in situations focusing on coaching
skills in exchange for reciprocal behaviors of like
Thus, it might be better to define Committed
Mentoring which borrows a number of valuable
concepts from superforecasting teams including:
1. AOM active openmindedness - trust in allowing
all members to ask questions
2. Perform Premortem thinking - assume a course of
action failed and think about why this happened
3. Define a shared purpose
4. Opens the reciprocal sharing to other outside input
which brings in diversity.
This brings in some of the content from Tetlock’s
“Superforecasters” teams that produce the best results of
predicting future outcomes.