Mentoring involves a more
experienced individual, the mentor, providing guidance to a mentee. One thing
mentoring should not be about is obtaining a first or next job. A mentoring
partnership involves developing trust, investing feelings and energy and
sometimes taking risks by challenging a partner’s self-image. If a mentor feels
valued only for the connections he possesses or the doors she can open the
relationship probably will never develop.
Consider Becoming a Mentor?
A mentor is an individual,
usually older, always more experienced, who helps and guides another
individual’s development. There are many reasons for becoming a mentor
including learning about yourself, becoming energized through a fresh personal
or professional perspective and deriving satisfaction for furthering another’s
career development. The return on mentoring efforts may also include growing an
organization’s management talent and fine-tuning your leadership skills in a
Consider Becoming a Mentee
Mentee is the name given to the
person who receives guidance from the mentor. That guidance may take many
forms. For example, a mentee may want to work on building self-confidence,
developing professional and winning behaviors or sharpening critical thinking
skills and knowledge. People can become mentees at almost any age. A young
manager can receive valuable guidance from experienced mid-career executives,
while the mid-careerist may benefit from a mentor who is at the C-suite level.
Senior executives ready to move up from a small or mid-size organization may
benefit from the counsel of a CEO or COO whose career already includes leading
larger, more complex firms.
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Mentoring contains columns for mentors and
mentees from Healthcare Executive magazine.
"The Art of
Mentoring: Lead, Follow, and Get Out of the Way" audio seminar
describes four steps of mentoring and ways organizations can start a mentoring
program, as well as tips and techniques for mentors and mentees.