Enhancing Career Development Through Mentoring
"The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them an opportunity to create themselves." - Steven Spielberg
Mentoring is one of the many tools in your toolbox, it is an important resource. Mentoring works for both the mentor and mentee if you are both open to continuing to learn and evolve.
There is no “ideal” mentoring format, you need to find out what works best for you and your situation. It will change over time. I had had mentoring that was weekly and someone that we connect a couple times of year now and it is still valuable to what is going on in both of our careers.
Listen is a key component to the success of any interaction but especially in mentoring. There will be times where you are the teacher (sharing a lesson that you have already experienced), a consultant (providing information or resources), collaborator (sharing, planning, problem solving together) and coach (support and encourage) and then there are times when you will be all of them.
The key point to remember is it takes time, you have to build a relationship, routine that works for both of you and then you will have an amazing partnership that will have endless possibilities.
“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” - Oprah Winfrey
“80 % of CEO’s polled said they have had mentors, allowing them to access insider knowledge and power, assisting with fast tracking their careers.”
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“You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout, and to grow.” - Thich Nhat Hanh
Suggested Questions to Ask the Mentee
Suggested Questions to Ask the Mentor
1. Time & Patience
3. Put in the work.
4. Follow-up and be consistent.