Millennials: born after 1980 –the first generation
to come of age in the new millennium.
• Open to Change.
… Everyone different
– and unique.
Get to know them!
But, This is Not Only About Them!
How much do you share with your startups?
Why are you here
What’s your style of working
Preferred method of being reached (phone, email, f2f)
What’s your pet peeve?
What you like/hate about this process
Do you have a mentor/did you in the past?
• 2 min mentor/mentee
– Switch roles
Just Another Word for You …
cheerleader, coach, confidant, counselor,
developer of talent, guardian, guru,
inspiration, master, "opener of doors",
patron, role model, pioneer, "seminal
source", "successful leader", teacher…
The Karate Kid
Sometimes the why takes a long time to come
Old fashioned vs. Redesign
1: You have to be one perfect mentor
2: It’s a formal long-term relationship
(Twitter vs. psychotherapy)
3: It’s for junior people
4. Out of the goodness of your heart
Set goals together
Make explicit expectations
Discuss the strategy/how
Keep it strictly business
Keep it confidential
Put It in Writing
Can you Put It in Writing?
Our goals for this mentoring relationship are:
Our expectations of how we will achieve these goals are:
Meeting times (frequency/duration) and other methods of communication:
How we will record and monitor our progress:
Confidentiality: We agree to keep everything that is said within the mentoring
Mentee / Mentor Signatures
Not a Good Match
Break in Trust
Role Playing 3 cases:
– The gadget freak
– The wall
– The scatterbrain