In This Issue
Erwin R. Stainback, FACHE
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Robert E. Byrd, FACHE
Alamance Regional Medical Center
Novant Health – Triad Region
Paul A. Jeffrey
Wesley Long Community Hospital
- Moses Cone Health System
Linda Roney, FACHE
High Point Regional Health System
Get ready, get set, mentor|
You were asked to mentor a young colleague, so how do you begin? Try these tips:
* Build rapport. A strong personal connection is the basis of a successful mentoring relationship. You don’t need to be your protégé’s best friend, but you should look for opportunities and ways to build a connection.
* Listen. A mentoring relationship is not a monologue but an ongoing two-way conversation. Listen for goals, challenges and skills. Respond appropriately to build trust.
* Facilitate other connections. As you come to understand your protégé’s goals, introduce others who could help in specific ways. Draw your protégé into your network, taking advantage of opportunities that allow the person to reach goals.
* Stay focused. The mentoring relationship’s goal is to further the protégé’s goals. Your job as the mentor is to keep that direction at the forefront of your own mind and your protégé’s. You should not use the relationship to further your own goals.
* Offer advice. Counsel and feedback are essential to every mentoring relationship. Your role is to offer advice and not to determine the next move. Allow your protégé to decide which advice to take and what path to follow.
* Ask questions. A well-phrased, well-timed question will generate reflective discussion and thought and will launch productive discovery moments. Great mentors plan questions to ask in different situations.
For more information on how you can you can be a mentor through ACHE’s Leadership in Mentoring, click here.
Article adapted from Communications Briefings, January 2008, (570) 567-1982; www.briefings.com
|Thursday, November 6, 2008
THEF Annual Dinner Meeting
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