Business Mentoring Matters
Last week, a mentor called me and asked for my advice on how to help a mentoree explore the goal of having people take him more seriously. This goal appears vague and somewhat hard to address. During the course of the call, we shared a few thoughts and ideas and I would like to share those with you in the event you are faced with similar areas of professional development.
Mentors are people who are generous at heart and have the best interests of the mentoree when working with them. Even so, new mentors can sometimes make inadvertent mistakes that can pose a problem now or in the future for the mentoring relationship.
Recently, a peruser of our website contacted our President, Rene Petrin, to point out that we use the term 'mentoree' when in fact, he said, "the correct term is 'mentee.'"
Mentors play many roles: advocate, teacher, friend, coach, cheerleader, counselor....and the list goes on. If you are considering stepping into the role of mentor, consider the different ways that you can assist your mentoree. Don't be afraid of these roles. If you care and truly take an interest in your mentoree, you have the skills it takes.
Yes, mentors teach! However, they do so not in the traditional mode of teachers but on a one-to-one basis involving the following:
I encounter this question often when I conduct a demo of my online system, Mentoring Complete.
You should have a mentor at each critical phase of your career. Mentoring is a critical process when undergoing career transitions such as: