One of the books that most influenced my mentoring practice was written in 1999 by Julie Hay called Transformational Mentoring: Creating Developmental Alliances for Changing Organizational Cultures.
In her book she talks about levels of learning:
- Traditional level learning is about how to do things. This is closest to what we call coaching and teaching.
- Transitional learning is about doing things differently. This type of learning comes closest to what we might call counseling..the mentoree accesses levels of awareness and comes to terms with change.
- Transformational learning is learning at the deepest level. The mentoree not only changes his/her perspective as in transitional learning but also has an awareness of the process by which they are doing so.
In each of the above, the mentor plays a different role:
- Traditional level learning the mentor is an expert, coach, teacher
- Transitional learning the mentor is more of a wise counselor
- Transformational level the mentor is more a facilitator of learning
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in understanding how mentors and mentorees learn within the mentoring relationship.
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