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M4_9 Reliance Mentee and the Mentor

Lesson 9

Discuss -> Manage reliance of the mentee on the mentor:

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Discuss ways a mentee might rely on a mentor:

  • Decisions based on career
    • Should I take this job opportunity
    • Should I apply on this job opportunity
    • I have been subject to harassment -what should I do
  • Decisions on workplace challenges
  • Relationship issues - Personal and Professional
  • For guidance
  • For decisions

Discuss ways to eliminate reliance of the mentee on the mentor:

  • Mentor needs to focus on the development of critical thinking skills
  • Must use the asking of questions - avoid telling
  • Communication skills - listening and hearing what the issue really is
  • More focus on the personal challenges - this will build self-confidence

Discuss situations where tact is required in navigating reliance in the mentoring arrangement:

  • During conversation it is apparent that they are struggling and may require deviating from the process
  • The reliance may stem from some deep seated personal issues which need to be resolved
  • Dealing with root cause rather than a bandaid requires greater tact
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