Mentoring Experience – Questions for Getting Started
Been There, Doing It, Willing to Share!
A mentor is a person who provides ethical advice during the learning adventure of the mentee (protégé, associate, partner, etc) through the questions the mentee asks.
The mentor speaks the truth of lived experience when the mentee is most unlikely ready to listen.
They share their learning experience in a friendly way.
Mentors have a vested interest in mentees gaining insights about themselves (personal development) while improving their performance.
With the opening of the International Mentoring Community Doug Lawrence and I came up with this definition:
Mentoring is about a two-way, trusted arrangement in which the mentor and mentee can form a deeper and richer collaborative alliance resulting in both learning and growing personally and professionally.
Hobbs and Lawrence (2019)
Mentoring is an educative approach that is re-surging in various professions, even on the shop floors and in warehouses.
Already well established in education, mentoring is a way to capture and pass along ‘lived experience’ that is often not found in journals, textbooks and office filing cabinets. Given the opportunity to listen, learn, and live the experiences of someone who has been there, doing it, willing to share it offer new professionals the possibility of increasing their potential. Benefits abound for everyone involved in mentoring. However, considerable time, effort, and mindfulness must go into to establishing and sustaining a mentoring program for it to succeed.
Using questions to explore your understanding of mentoring is a great starting point:
12 Questions for You to Answer
About Weaving Mentoring into Your Life
- What is mentoring? What is a mentor? What is a mentee?
- What are the educative wings associated with mentoring?
- What are the benefits of mentoring for the organization, mentor, and mentee?
- What are some of the ‘dark side’ elements of mentoring?
- What do mentors do – the long and short lists?
- How do you establish a mentoring relationship?
- How do you establish a mentoring arrangement?
- What are the inspired standards of mentoring?
- What are the wise practices of mentoring?
- What are several approaches to mentoring?
- What do you need to do - as a mentee - to ensure the mentoring for the workplace program succeeds?
- What do you need to do - as a mentor - to ensure the mentoring for the workplace program succeeds?
In the weeks to follow, I'll answer these questions ...
If Homer found Mentor for his son, and Plato had Socrates, and Nadia had Bela, Karate Kid had Mr. Miyagi, and Oprah had Maya ... who joins you as your mentor?
And will you place yourself on the mentoring pathway for mentees to find you?
International Mentoring Community
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WELLth Movement guides inspired practitioners to become natural educators who deliver extraordinary experiences with their community of significance using eco-ethical architecture for movement and profitability.
_ Managers and Leaders in organizations of all types, sizes, and locations
_ Parents & Grandparents looking to involve their children/grandchildren with nature
_ Facilitative Mentors
_ Navigators & Weavers
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_ Employees & Customers
_ Children and Grandchildren
Community of Significance
_ Elevate groups and teams (departments/units) to communities of significance
_ Involve family and friends in nature-based activities to benefit of all & trees
_ use of Ecological Literacy
_ use of Ethical Decision-Making
_ use of language that evolves love and compassion in being for the world
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