Would you be interested in (being) a mentor?
Together with my fellow members of the core team of Treasurer Development (see https://www.treasuryxl.com/treasurer-development/ ) we had a meeting in which we brainstormed about various treasury and HR related topics. Before you have seen our blogs about treasury and education and we will follow up on that topic. In this one I would like to find out if you would be interested in the concept of a treasury mentor.
For a lot of the professional treasurers their profession has not been a conscious choice. One way or the other, they stepped in and liked the job. Often they work in a small team or are a treasury function by themselves. As a consequence, the infrastructure they are in, does not facilitate professional growth as there often is in accounting or control. On top of that treasury education has not fully matured. How to move forward and make the most of your job and your career?
In parallel I meet many treasury professionals with a long track record willing to transfer their knowledge and experience. Especially contractors (ZZP-ers) and early retirees ask me out of their own initiative. They find their ways into the speakers circuit and the Hogeschool Utrecht but there is more supply than demand.
In my opinion it makes sense to start a pilot and match supply and demand. I think setting up regular one-on-one sessions, for example four each year, could help the mentee planning his career and benchmark his current job against others. If the pilot works, organizing an event and pay attention to the skill of coaching could be the next step.
Before starting I would like to know if the initiative lands well with you and if you want to join. Will you drop me an email?
Pieter de Kiewit