One Size Doesn't Fit All

In this traditional model, one mentor is matched with one mentee, and a trained program manager monitors the match's progress over the course of 9-12 months.

Group mentoring requires a mentor to work with four to sex mentees at one time.  The group meets once or twice a month to discuss various topics. Combining senior and peer mentoring, the mentor as well as the peers help one another learn and develop appropriate skills/knowledge

This mentoring model pairs young employees with each other - particularly in "onboarding" programs

This form of mentoring focuses on specific goals with a shorter time window and results-oriented framework.

Self-directed mentoring offers some of the features provided by one-on-one mentoring.  The main difference is that mentors and mentees are not interviewed and matched accordingly by a mentoring program manager.  Instead, mentors agree to add their names to a list of available mentors from which a mentee can choose.  It's up to a mentee to initiate the process, asking one of the volunteer mentors for assistance

Think time-limited meetings (usually 1 hour) in which the relationship is intended to deliver targeted information or offer networking opportunities.  It's a one-time only meeting

This model matches senior executives (the mentees) with younger people (mentors) to help the older generation stay current and informed about new technologies or trends.  For example, a 20-something employee may introduce a senior executive to social networking on Facebook or Twitter