Business Mentoring Matters

Group Mentoring Ground Rules

Posted on Fri, Nov, 04, 2011

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group mentoring discussionsA number of organizations use group mentoring as a model to share information and foster professional development.  The structure of this model can vary widely... from meeting once a quarter to meeting once a month.  What is often forgotten in setting up group mentoring is the need to establish group norms at the first meeting so that participants will  understand how to engage. In our workbook: Group Mentoring: Manual for Mentors*, we have a list of group norms that are suggested.  Below are some of those norms you may want to use if managing a group:



  • Sessions begin and end on time.
  • No phone calls during the session.
  • Members are not to be interrupted when speaking.
  • Use "I messages" when speaking.
  • Ask permission before giving feedback to another member.
  • Conflict is acceptable as long as it is done in a professional manner.
  • What process will be followed if a member is frequently late or absent?
  • How many times may a member be absent or late and still remain in the group?
  • What is our definition of confidentiality as it pertains to the group?
  • Every member is equal within the group.
  • Each person takes responsibility for participating and getting what they need out of the group.
Does your group have a set of group norms that you use? Send us some feedback on how your group is conducting its time together. Feel free to share your ideas below.
*If you are interested in obtaining a copy of our workbook, Group Mentoring: Manual for Mentors, you may do so by contacting us.

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