MENTORING 

WHAT IS MENTORING?

A mentoring relationship is a two-way street that allows the flow of insights and information to benefit mentor and mentee participants. These relationships transfer culture and institutional knowledge and can jettison careers. One of the most influential variables in career success is whether or not a person has relationships with those who can help to improve skills, solve problems, understand the unspoken rules of the road and advocate for the advancement of a mentee. And the best leaders are people who are great coaches and mentors to their teams.

  • Mentoring relationships can be formal or informal (informal and unplanned mentoring often occurs naturally and effortlessly, when there is natural chemistry and obvious shared interests)

  • Mentoring relationships can involve two (one-to-one) or more people (group)

  • Mentoring relationships can be brief (speed mentoring, one-time mentoring events) or long-term (months to years)

WHAT TOPICS DO MENTORING RELATIONSHIPS ADDRESS?

Mentoring can address a range of issues.  Mentoring relationships typically focus on guidance and feedback on one or two topics such as career issues, specific professional tasks/goals, work/life integration, navigating a political work environment, etc.

WHAT MAKES SUCCESSFUL MENTORING RELATIONSHIPS?

  • Creating value for mentors as well as mentees

  • Clear and mutual goals, expectations and boundaries

  • Preparation (thoughtfulness, self-assessments, training/reading about tips, mentoring guides)

  • Regular interactions (face-to-face, virtual, phone) in longer-term relationships

  • Mutual trust and confidentiality (for one-to-one and long-term group mentoring especially)

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