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FACILITY PERSPECTIVES | VOLUME 11 NUMBER 1
| INDUSTRY UPDATE
The Leaders Encouraging Guiding and
Supporting in Facility Management
(LEGS in FM) program is a peer-
to-peer professional support program.
It provides a tailored, confidential and
relevant platform for FMA members to seek
advice on specific issues via a one-to-one
relationship, on a real-time basis.
The aim of this program is to provide
ongoing support for aspiring professionals,
with the aim of increasing their professional
effectiveness and efficiency. The intention
is not to equip FM professionals with the
technical skills and knowledge required to
fulfill their role, but to further enhance and
develop the broad suite of tacit knowledge and
subtleties required to effectively contribute to
their organisation and the FM industry.
This program has been developed by the
FMA in concert with Weskay Consulting,
a company that focuses on board and
3 Mentees are introduced to Weskay
staff members, who explain the
program and the potential benefits of
having a mentor.
3 Weskay is briefed on the specific
characteristics required in the mentor.
3 A networking process is undertaken
within the FMA and broader market.
3 Mentors and mentees are introduced in
an appropriate environment.
3 Support materials to establish effective
frameworks and expectations are
provided by Weskay (for example, what
makes a good mentor, and what makes a
3 Mentors and mentees agree to
appropriate frameworks and guidelines
for an initial 12-month commitment.
3 Support materials, including a mutual
confidentiality deed, are provided.
3 Weskay will conduct quarterly reviews
with both parties.
3 accelerated development of the
3 allows the mentee to be mentored by
an external and unbiased individual
3 provides the mentee with timely issue
3 gives the employer access to experience
beyond their immediate collective
3 encourages faster development of
3 can contribute to increasing the diversity
of the FM industry
3 mentors are recognised as adding value
to the FM industry
3 mentors get to reflect on their careers
and draw upon their experiences.
1. Introductory consultation – This
includes a comprehensive briefing with
key decision-makers to understand and
comment on the requirements of the
2. Identification of prospective mentors
– Through our extensive network,
we would identify and approach all
interested potential mentors to seek
skills and attributes, and to match the
culture of the profile developed.
3. Introductory meetings – Following
discussion and acceptance of the
proposed mentors, we will then arrange
an introductory meeting with the
executive and these selected individuals.
4. Further evaluation – Once a preferred
mentor is identified, and where
appropriate, meetings with other
stakeholders will be arranged. This will
allow the mentor to appreciate the
overall objectives. Commercial terms
are also agreed on, if applicable.
5. Establishing the framework – Weskay will
provide tools to both the executive and
the mentor to establish a sound working
relationship. This will include expectation
management of both parties and
guidelines for mentoring relationships.
6. Ongoing support – We will keep in
touch with all parties on a regular
basis, addressing issues of any nature
and ensuring that the objectives of the
program are being met.
7. Formal review – 10 months into the
process, we would seek a formal review
of the program and plan any activities
beyond the initial 12-month term.
The mentoring agreement
Once ground rules have been discussed
and clarified, they should be documented
and signed by each party – this process can
be facilitated by Weskay. Documenting the
ground rules helps to ensure that the desired
goals are achieved, and prevents future
misunderstandings. A mentoring agreement
3 agreed ground rules
3 goals of the mentoring relationship
3 expectations of the mentor and mentee.
LEGS IN FM MENTORING
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THE FACILITY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA
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