We’ve discussed mentoring before in this blog, specifically with the post, “The Importance of Finding a Good Mentor.”
But once you’ve identified a mentor and have started the relationship, where do you go from there?
There are two things you can do right away: troubleshoot potential problems and communicate effectively.
Below are some of the potential problems that can pop up after the arrangement has already been agreed upon and begun.
The key to overcoming these potential obstacles is consistent communication. There are two main forms of communication that you should be concerned with in a mentoring relationship: planning/preparation and feedback.
Below are three quick tips about planning/preparation:
Below are two tips about feedback:
When evaluating progress, there are a number of benchmark questions that both people should ask. Some of these questions include the following:
Last but certainly not least, a mentoring relationship needs the appropriate amount of time in order to reach its full potential. Over time, you’ll be able to better assess how the other person likes to work, how they prefer to handle situations, etc., and they will be able to do the same when it comes to you.
There’s bound to be some awkward moments at the beginning. However, if you recognize that those are a natural part of the process, then you can work through them and use them as the launching pad for what could become a very productive, rewarding, and satisfying mentoring relationship!
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