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This Is How a Great Mentor Could Boost Your Career and Life

Mentoring and Coaching

The terms mentoring and coaching are often mistakenly interchanged. Although they are similar, they are not the same when it comes to approach.

  • Mentoring - long-term relationship focusing on the growth and development of the mentee with the mentor as the source of the wisdom, support, and knowledge.
  • Coaching - short-term relationship focusing on strengthening traits and eliminating behaviors that diminishes one's performance.

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This Is How a Great Mentor Could Boost Your Career and Life

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History and Definition of Mentorship

The word "mentor" was first used in Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey" when Odysseus entrusted the care of his kingdom to Mentor who served as a teacher and overseer to Odysseus' son.

This is where mentor was derived meaning "a trusted councelor or guide."

Why Seek Out a Mentor

A mentor is not someone who gives you direct answers, but someone who challenges you to know the right answer. 

And in life, you can't be spoon-fed all the time. The role of a mentor is to guide you and give you the wisdom in knowing the answer.

A Mentor Does and Does not

A mentor..

  • Takes a long-range view of your growth and development.
  • Helps you see the destination but does not give you the detailed map to get there.
  • Offers encouragement and cheerleading, but not "how to" advice.

A mentor does not..

  • Serve as a coach as explained above.
  • Function as an advocate of yours in the organizational environment such as your boss would; the relationship is more informal.
  • Tell you how to do things.
  • Support you on transactional, short-term problems.
  • Serve as a counselor or therapist. 

The Mentee's Responsibilities

  • Have the willingness to learn and be open to positive or negative feedback.
  • Do not hesitate to ask for advice and use this chance to practice being a good listener.
  • Let your mentor know what your goals are.
  • Discuss with your mentor how you can best measure the success and effectiveness of your working relationship together.
  • Always follow your appointments.
  • Keep track of your discussions with your mentor and follow up specifically on those steps when you meet.

Succeed With a Mentor

  1. Use your time looking for the mentor you are comfortable with.
  2. Share your goals and fears openly.
  3. Do not expect your mentor to spoon-feed you.
  4. Do not expect specific advice.
  5. Share your struggles and failures.
  6. Listen, research and apply your mentor's guidance.
  7. Show that you value your mentor's support.
  8. Do not abuse your relationship by expecting political support in the organization.

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Mentoring

Mentoring is about being able pass knowledge to someone who would benefit from it.

Mentoring programs usually have four key elements:

  • Improving performance
The Roles of a Mentor
  • M-anage the relationship
  • E-ncourage
  • N-urture
  • T-each
  • O-ffer mutual respect
  • R-espond to the learner's needs
Different Roles of the Mentor
  • Learning Consultant: The mentor must help the learner to clarify his goals and identify the learning style needed.
  • Coach: The mentor should have the will to help the learner explore the problem and try new ways of working.
  • Counselor: When the learner is struggling to think, the mentor could listen, reflect, and clarify to help the learner gain insight.
  • Adviser or Information Resource: Share insights with the learner for faster and better understanding.
  • Role Model: Sometimes, the learner does not only learn from what the mentor teaches, but from how the mentor acts.
  • Critical Friend: The mentor can also simply be a friend, however, it is the most difficult because it requires the willingness to listen, encourage, draw out, reflect, challenge, and provide feedback about ideas.

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Roles of a Mentor
  • Advisor and Coach - provides advice, guidance,and feedback.
  • Champion and Cheerleader - inspires and motivates the mentee to try new things, move out of comfort zone, and...
Roles of a Mentee
  • Identify learning goals and style and measure success for the mentoring relationship.
  • Be open and seek feedback.
  • Be active in learning.
  • Schedule and attend mentor appointments.
  • Follow through on commitments and take informed risks as they try new options and behaviors in support of career and development goals.
Find a matching mentee

If you decide on becoming a mentor, you might want to consider choosing a mentee who shares your interests. It will make everyone's life easier. Moreover, you will also be able to provide more ...

Building effective mentoring relationships

Mentoring requires having a clear idea of how the sessions themselves are to happen. 

Make sure that from the very beginning you communicate to your mentee exactly how all is going to take place: how often, where, how, etc. Get to know the other and use all the means you dispose of in order to help him or her reach the desired goal.

A mentor's real purpose

More than giving directions, a mentor is supposed to provide the so-called pieces of supportive advice, which will enable the mentee to make up her or his mind, based on their own beliefs.

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