Mentoring Library

M1_5 Decision to Accept or Reject Mentoring Arrangement

Lesson 7

Discuss the decision structure to accept/decline a mentoring arrangement:

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Define decision structure:

  • decision structures — a structure that lets your program decide which statements to execute and which statements to ignore.

Define to accept:

  • Consent to receive
  • Believe or come to recognize (an opinion, explanation, etc.) as valid or correct.

Define to decline:

  • Politely refuse

Identify reasons to accept a mentoring arrangement:

  • Personal growth
    • Self-esteem
    • Self confidence
    • Self worth
    • Positive energy
  • Professional growth
    • Higher level of productivity
    • Positive energy
    • Better leader
    • Leadership capabilities
    • Career advancement

Identify reasons to decline a mentoring arrangement:

  • Negative energy
  • No commitment
  • No chemistry
  • Unsure of where you want to go

Critique reasons for accepting a mentoring arrangement:

  • Reasons should be two fold - personal and professional
  • By accepting understand the mentor arrangement and the need to build trust
  • Trusting relationship may require sharing very close and personal information

Critique reasons for declining a mentoring arrangement:

  • Perspective mentee could give it a try to see if they can work with the mentor and work through their challenges
  • Declining should not be an option
  • Everyone can benefit from effective mentoring
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