Mentoring Library

M4_1 Mentor’s Insights and Mentee’s Questions

Lesson 1

Discuss -> Manage correct insights relevant to the mentee’s questions

Suggested Actions ... based on answering this question:

"Can you discuss -> manage correct insights relevant to the mentee’s questions?"

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1. Watch the video

2. Identify 3-5 Key Learning Points from watching the video

3. Read the Notes and Additional Resources below - if available

4. Summarize your learning

5. Confirm you can answer the question with "Yes"

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Define insights (suggestions):

  • the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing
  • a deep understanding of a person or thing

Define Questions (requests):

  • a sentence worded or expressed so as to elicit information

Define Correct:

  • free from error; in accordance with fact or truth

Value questions mentees ask:

  • What would have helped you?
  • Why you?
  • What do your core values mean to you?
  • Is this already learned or still being learned?
  • What are your credentials?
  • Share with me one blind spot that you see?
  • Can you walk me through your process?
  • Do you have references for me?

Qualify the correct insights in response to mentee questions:

  • These questions provide a window for the mentee into the mentor and the mentor’s world.
  • This is essential if the relationship is to grow and prosper
  • The insights can be broken into two categories: 1) professional and 2) personal.
  • 3 of 8 are personal

Discuss the relevance of correct insights in response to mentee questions:

  • Deeper understanding of what the mentee is looking for.
  • Deeper understanding of the mentee
  • Provides a map for the mentor to follow in guiding the relationship
  • Incorrect insights would send them both off in different directions and they would lose sense of purpose

Discuss criteria useful to convey correct insights in response to mentee questions:

  • Criteria needs to address from the personal and professional aspect
  • Recommend focus on the personal first - help remove any barriers or obstacles
  • Look for root cause and not the bandaid
  • Use of terminology such as we and us versus you or I
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