The Navy uses “speed mentoring” to help sailors find mentors. I’ve never heard of this and really question how one can choose a mentor in this fashion. But believe it or not you can read about it in this article Mentorship: On the Fast Track to Success by by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cole Keller, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Public Affairs.
MEDITERANNEAN SEA (NNS) — Aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) there are more than 5,200 Sailors from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, and this alone can make the all-important task of finding a mentor who fits the individual Sailor’s needs complicated.
To alleviate this difficulty, Ike’s leadership recently provided the crew an opportunity to meet and speak with leaders throughout the ship to find the right fit through a speed mentoring session.
Speed mentoring gives the opportunity for a prospective protege to choose who they want as a mentor in and out of their field, and to receive mentorship for their career and their personal life. The relationship is also beneficial to the mentor.
“Everyone benefits from a strong mentorship program,” Ballard said. “The protege will build confidence and have a better understanding of what is needed to succeed and advance. By becoming more involved both personally and professionally, the mentor can learn how to cater to the individual Sailor and become a better overall leader.”
I would like to see a followup article on how effective this means of choosing a mentor is, my guess is it’s even less effective than speed dating is in finding a good mate. So while I do think the Navy seems to understand the benefits of mentoring, their method of assigning mentors is one I’ve never heard of in all my years of mentoring. As the saying goes, “Act in haste, repent at leisure.“