A successful mentor/mentee relationship should be fulfilling and beneficial for all involved.
Mentoring, however, is not a magic wand; it’s not a simple ‘step-to-success’ programme. The process needs careful management to ensure everyone involved gets the most out of the opportunity.
Apply these 5 Quick Tips to build a more effective and productive relationship:
1. Keep communications open
Mentee: Be up front. Let your mentor know what your goals are and what you hope to take away from the mentoring programme.
Mentor: Help your mentee set realistic expectations. Also, if you know you will be unavailable because of business or personal commitments, let them know.
2. Offer support
Mentee: Remember that your mentor is there for you, but is only a guide and advisor.
Mentor: Encourage communication and participation. Help create a solid plan of action.
3. Define expectations
Mentee: Review your goals. Make sure your mentor knows what to expect from you.
Mentor: Help set up a system to measure achievement.
4. Maintain contact
Mentee: Be polite and courteous. Keep up with your e-mails and ask questions.
Mentor: Respond to your e-mails. Answer questions and provide advice, resources and guidance when appropriate.
5. Be honest
Mentee: Let your mentor know if you don’t understand something or have a differing opinion.
Mentor: Be truthful in your evaluations, but also be tactful.