Interview With 2014 Conference Speaker Dr. Ann RolfeRead More
This interview originally appeared in our August issue of Mentoring & Coaching Monthly.Dr. Ann Rolfe has thirty years experience in learning and development and a background in career counseling, and is Australia’s most published author on mentoring. For two decades, she has specialized in mentoring, setting up programs and training people in fields as diverse as health, construction, energy, communications, education, law and government. Internationally respected as a trainer, consultant and presenter, her training programs and resources are used in many countries to develop and support mentoring. Ann Rolfe’s contributions to mentoring have been recognized with the 2011 LearnX Asia Pacific Platinum Award for Best Coaching/Mentoring Training Program and in 2013
Mentors Shouldn't Overexert Themselves
The world doesn't have enough dedicated, hard working mentors. As a mentor, it's great if you put a lot of effort into your protégé. However, don't overstep your limits when it comes to mentoring. Every mentor should have the right to their own personal time: don't let your mentoring relationship rule your life. Try to find a good balance when it comes to mentoring, and make sure that you are spending the appropriate amount of time with your mentee.
How to Ask Someone to Mentor YouRead More
Figure Out Who
Deciding who you want your mentor to be is the first and most obvious step. Decide what you hope to accomplish with a mentor, and look for individuals who will be best able to assist you in accomplishing those goals. Remember, mentors can be found in your workplace, school, non-profits, and even your family. Once you have found your ideal person, it's time to move on to the next step.
Set Up a Meeting
When you get a chance, ask your potential mentor if you can set up a time to meet and discuss possible mentorship. During the meeting make sure and let him or her know why you think he or she would be a great mentor. Discuss why you want to be mentored, and what you hope to accomplish. If your mentor agrees that a mentoring relationship would be a good idea, you're set!
Clarify Goals and Commitments
Before you begin your mentoring relationship, it's essential that you clarify goals and commitments. When and how often will you meet? About how long do you expect the relationship to last? What exactly are the goals that you hope to accomplish? By beginning the relationship well prepared, you will be more likely to finish it successfully.
It's no secret that mentoring can be difficult at times. It's important for mentors and mentees alike to power through setbacks with a positive attitude. Mentors should assist protégés with finding solutions to issues without negativity, and mentees should work through problems while trying to remaining positive. Encouragement from your mentoring partner can make hard times much easier to conquer.
Work With Your Mentor On Your Resume
Your resume is the first thing that your employer reads about you, so it's essential that it creates a good impression. Mentors can be a great resource for resume improvement; work with them to make sure that your resume shows you in your best light. Don't forget to update your LinkedIn profile to match any changes that you make!
More Mentoring Activities
We've provided lists of mentoring activities before, but here's another great one that we found online. Varying what you do with your mentor or protégé can help make your mentoring experience more rewarding and interesting. This list provides a number of great ideas to help you on your mentoring journey: http://www.gtmentorjackets.com/activities
Be Willing to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Protégés and mentors alike need to be willing to step out of their comfort zones. Those who can consider new ideas and concepts will be most able to reap benefits from a mentoring relationship.
Mentoring is a long term process, so it's normal to not see results immediately. Don't get discouraged by a lack of progress; keep attending and arranging meetings with your mentor or protégé. Resilience and determination are keys to successful mentoring outcomes.
Seize Mentorship Moments
Throughout your day there are countless opportunities for mentoring, the trick is being able to recognize and act on them. Any time in which you interact with another more experienced individual, such as in an elevator, after a meeting, or in the hall, can be transformed into a "mentorship moment". Take advantage of these moments to help you learn how to further your academic or career goals.
Our Interview With Jerry WillburRead More
Here is our interview with Jerry Willbur that originally appeared in the July issue of Mentoring & Coaching Monthly. Jerry Willbur will be holding a Plenary Session as well as a Pre-Conference Workshop at the 2014 Mentoring Conference at UNM.Dr. Willbur holds a Doctorate in Human Resource Development and has over twenty years of senior executive experience in organizational effectiveness, operations, sales, business training, human resources and strategic planning. He is currently Director Vice President Emeritus for the IMA and head of The Leadership Mentoring Institute. Over the years Dr. Willbur has written three books on leadership and mentoring published by major universities and several articles published in ASTD Journal, Dental Economics, and several mentoring publications.