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Useful Tools

We use a wide range of tools and activities during Enterprise Circles and as 'homework' activities to consolidate learning and skill development of mentees. Some example tools are provided below, why not give them a try?

Using the fishbone technique to identify goals and tasks:

The fishbone technique was developed originally by Professor Kaoru Ishikawa is often used to identify causes of a problem within organisational settings. This tool has been adapted to be used with individuals to identify the goals they wish to work on over the mentoring sessions. Mentees identify their end goal and work back to reflect on key activities and sub-tasks (with deadlines attached). This is then used to assist individuals to track progress on task and goal achievement over the lifecycle of the mentoring programme.

Download an example of a completed fishbone diagram below.

Mind mapping:

Mind mapping, originally developed by Tony Buzan, is also known as 'spider diagrams' and is used to visually represent ideas, notes and information. Using mind maps in Circles helps individuals to map out current issues/problems they need support with and to plan out their goals and ideas regarding their businesses. Using Mind Maps helps mentees to present ideas and business issues to the group clearly in order to share ideas and generate questions to aid self-reflection and creativity.

To draw a mind-map:

Layout a large sheet of paper in landscape and write a concise heading for the overall theme in the centre of the page e.g. returning to work

For each major sub-topic or cluster of material, start a new major branch from the central theme, and label it e.g. updating CV

Each sub-sub-topic forms a subordinate branch to the relevant main branch

Carry on in this way progressing to as many sub-branches as you need.

Download an example of a completed mind map below.



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