Why Mentoring Matters


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LTEC 3010: Personal Development
Mentoring Matters

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  • Mentoring begins when a person strategically affects the professional life of someone else by fostering insight, identifying needed knowledge and expanding the other person’s horizons.
  • A Mentor is a listener, observer, confident – the relationship is driven by the mentee; outside the hierarchy; always confidential
  • Trust behaviors: talk straight, demonstrates respect, creates transparency, delivers results, get better, confronts reality, clarifies expectations, practices accountability, keep commitments, listens first
  • Why Mentoring Matters

    1. 1. Why Mentoring Matters LTEC 3010: Personal Development
    2. 2. Do you have a mentor? Who is that person? How do they support you? What do you learn from them?
    3. 3. Mentoring: The Basics How do you define mentoring? What is a mentor? What is a mentee?
    4. 4. What is mentoring?  Mentoring is most often defined as a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentoree) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth.
    5. 5. What does a mentor do?  The following are among the mentor’s functions:  Teaches a specific issue  Coaches on a particular skill  Facilitates growth by sharing resources and networks  Challenges to move beyond one’s comfort zone  Creates a safe learning environment for taking risks  Focuses on total development
    6. 6. What does a mentee do?  The following are among the mentor’s functions:  Commit to building the relationship  Prepare for each interaction  Complete any assignments  Integrate learning or meeting with the mentor  Make room for professional & personal growth
    7. 7. What are the Characteristics of A Successful Mentor?  Understands others  Self-Aware  Trust  Uses the following communication skills: 1. Active Listening 2. Effective Questioning 3. Sharing Feedback Typical Mentor & Mentee Profiles  Communication Style  Problem-Solving  Decision-Making  Work-Style
    8. 8. Mentoring In Action What type of mentoring programs have you experienced? -Formal or Informal? -Group or Individual? Please share.
    9. 9. Mentoring: Support, Training & Suggested Practices What guidance will you give? What training/meetings will there be? How will you support the mentoring program? What are suggested practices?
    10. 10. Mentor Selection & Matching  Ask for objectives & goals  Understand mentee needs & expectations  Seek mentors to support values  Identify common interests, values & goals  Selection – variety of options  First meeting
    11. 11. How to Prepare: The First Mentor Meeting Preparation  Profiles/Matching  Agenda  Choose a setting Content  Take time to get to know one another  Discuss logistics  Discuss confidentiality  Set initial goals/objectives
    12. 12. How to Prepare: The First Mentor Meeting Summary & Next Steps  Review key points  Identify action items  Set up next meeting/call Debrief & Follow Up  Assess meeting dynamics  Add to mentee profile  Notes for improvement
    13. 13. Mentoring: Benefits What is the payback? How does mentoring help? How does mentoring benefit the: Mentee? Mentor?
    14. 14. Mentoring: Challenges What are some issues? What are some helpful suggestions? How do you support the program?