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M2_6 Ethical Values in Mentoring Arrangement

Lesson 6

Discuss -> Manage ethical values in the mentoring arrangement
*fairness - respect - trust

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Define fairness:

  • impartial and just treatment or behavior without favoritism or discrimination.

Identify examples of fairness in mentoring arrangement:

  • You can be an advocate for your mentee while still retaining your objectivity and fairness and not unfairly influencing any process either of you may be involved in
  • Providing the encouragement to the mentee - at the same time reality
  • Commitment to the relationship initially and then dwindling off as time progresses
  • Relationship is suffering - discuss and if need be find another mentor

Discuss the benefits of fairness to the mentoring arrangement:

  • Mutual respect - can carry on to those outside the relationship
  • Open communication
  • Trust
  • Creates a safe environment
  • Creates two way learning opportunities

Discuss situations where and when lack of fairness will negatively affect the mentoring arrangement:

  • Advocating for your mentee when they may not have the capabilities
  • Hidden agenda
  • Poor communication
  • Unsafe environment - lack of trust

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Define respect:

  • A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

Identify examples of respect in mentoring arrangement:

  • Respect is part of the two way relationship
  • The mentor respects the mentee for wanting to be mentored
  • The mentee respects the mentor for wanting to guide them
  • Creation of safe environment is done with respect
  • Building of trust is done with respect for each other
  • Sharing of information (personal) is done with respect for each other

Discuss the benefits of respect to the mentoring arrangement:

  • More open communication
  • Feel better about ourselves
  • More likely to cope with challenges/opportunities
  • Based on mutual benefit

Discuss situations where and when lack of respect will negatively affect the mentoring arrangement:

  • Will hamper the two way relationship
  • Create a lack of trust
  • Will not get full benefit of mentoring
  • Poor communication resulting in not sharing information
  • Can also impact the image of mentoring
  • Lack of respect would result in lower level of commitment
  • A mentee showing respect for his or her mentor includes being respectful of meeting times and prepared for meetings.
  • Participants stated that the best mentees attended mentorship meetings with lists of topics for discussion, including timelines for projects.
  • Participants felt that mentees needed to be respectful of the competing demands on their mentors, including meetings with other mentees and their own deadlines.
  • In particular, participants raised the concern that if mentees sent mentors their manuscripts, grants, or other documents and ask for a quick review without advance notice, it increases the stress on mentors and, in some cases, leads to burnout for the mentors who may provide similar services for many mentees.

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Define trust:

  • firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.
  • believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of.

Identify examples of trust in mentoring arrangement:

  • Trust is the foundation to success
  • Without a trusted relationship you have nothing
  • Sharing of personal information
  • Actions from promises
  • Capacity to deliver on what we have said
  • Safe environment - trusted environment
  • Comfortable in the journey that lies ahead

Discuss the benefits of fairness, respect and trust to the mentoring arrangement:

  • These three factors are mandatory elements to a successful mentoring arrangement
  • Each one is an integral part of the relationship process
  • With either or all of these elements out of the equation there would be no mentoring arrangement.
  • Imagine a mentor arrangement without any one of these elements

Discuss situations where and when lack of trust will negatively affect the mentoring arrangement:

  • If you don’t trust the person you are in a mentoring relationship with you don’t really have a relationship
  • There would be no sharing of information
  • It would be unclear where we are going
  • Without trust you have nothing
  • Would be unable to define what the root causes are of some of the challenges
  • Communication would be one way
  • Personality differences
  • Communication style clashes

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