Should I be using a Mentoring Program?
“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.”
Think back to your very first day at work. Were you given a mentor to help you learn the ropes, speed up the process and avoid mistakes? How could a mentor help you in your success today? Mentoring has been happening since Ancient Greece. A mentoring relationship in the work place can do more than change the one being mentored – it changes the mentor.
Mentor can be a great way to develop people in the organization. Whether it is an official mentoring program or just an ad hoc meeting, here are three things to know.
- A mentor and mentee must be willing to be in the process. Mandatory mentoring doesn’t work well. The spirit of cooperation and collaboration is needed. The mentor must want to develop skill, knowledge and dedication in the mentee and the mentee must want it.
- Allow for scheduled meetings to occur for the purpose of mentoring. There is nothing worse than encouraging the relationship only to frown on them meeting. Discuss times to meet, provide ground rules, how to contact each other and expected response times. Share examples of what will the focus and feedback process will look like. Be sure to devise a method of assessing the success of the program.
- Choose mentors carefully. They must be willing share success, failures and be willing to learn from the mentee.
Mentoring is old as mankind. One generation passing down knowledge, skills and attitude to the next.
“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.”
Keep cultivating that greatness, my friend.