A normal mentoring relationship involves one mentor and one mentee. Group mentoring takes this concept and places it in a setting with multiple individuals. There are a number of specific ways that this can be accomplished.
One mentor can facilitate a group discussion with number of protégés on a regular basis. The facilitating mentor can ask questions, guide the discussion, and provide feedback to the mentees. Multiple individuals can benefit from the expertise of the mentor at once.
Another method called "team mentoring" involves individuals in a team coming up with a series of mutual goals, and working with a mentor to accomplish those. One or more mentors can guide this team through a mentoring process.
Peer-group mentoring does not involve a specific mentor, and instead works off of the collective wisdom of the group itself. During mentoring sessions, one person might ask a question, and the others members of the group can work together to help find a solution. In this form of group mentoring, everyone takes part in the mentoring in addition to the learning.
We'll have more about group mentoring in our Thursday post!