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22 listopad 2013
More on mentoring
More on mentoring
In the previous post I have covered different types of mentoring and today I would like to talk on the benefits and how to kick it off. In the last part on the mentoring subject I will publish an interview with my mentor.
There are a lot of benefits of mentoring for both mentees and mentors but also for the companies.
Mentee
  • personal growth, development,
  • help in applying learning, higher commitment to the company
  • opportunity to explore ideas in a neutral environment
  • faster transition into new roles or during change
  • develop expertise, wider perspective and larger network
  • better management of career goals/progression
  • increase confidence and self awareness
Mentor
  • understanding issues faced by other areas and levels
  • improve coaching and communication skills
  • satisfaction from helping to develop others
  • personal growth, development and enhanced credibility
  • exposure to new ideas
Business
  • better employee focus, engagement and retention
  • higher performance and increased knowledge
  • more effective transitions, e.g. new roles, change
  • employees clearer about their role and the company
  • improved communications and inter-departmental co-operation
What are we expecting from both parties?
From mentees:
  • Initiate and drive the relationship – the mentoring process should be mentee driven!
  • Identify initial learning goals
  • Seek feedback and take an active role in their own learning
  • Set up meetings and initiate discussions and activities
  • Allocate time and energy
  • Follow through on commitments

From mentors: 

  • Have reasonable expectations of the mentee
  • Be a resource and provide feedback
  • Allocate time and energy
  • Help the mentee develop an appropriate learning plan
  • Follow through

Research has shown that effective mentoring can be achieved by just 60 minutes per month, even if not face to face. From my personal experience 60 minutes fortnightly would be the best. Usually mentoring relationships last from 3 up to 12 months, but can take longer if both a mentee and a mentor want to continue it – in my case it is already 3 years.

How to start the mentoring relationship? First 3 meetings goal:
      Meeting 1 -Interview and Agreement
Establish the relationship and begin building trust
Define the general direction and expectations for the relationship
Meeting 2 – Clarifying goals
Expand the relationship and continue building trust
Clarify the learning objectives and set preliminary goals
Meeting 3 – Effective dialog on initial issues
Expand the relationship and continue building trust
Use an effective dialog worksheet to clearly discuss your mentoring question or issue
Roundtable session at Agile Management 2013 conference
TIPS for Successful Mentoring:
DON’T:
For the mentor:
Assume you know best what”s in the mentee’s interest
Decide on the subject of discussion
Do most of the talking
Hide personal weaknesses
Forget that this could be a learning experience for you too
For the mentee:
Bring the long list of things you want the mentor to do for you
Expect the mentor to be available whenever you want them
Expect the mentor knows all the answers and decide for you when to meet and what to cover
Blame the mentor when the advice does not work
Forget to follow up on commitments you made.
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