• Maintaining Dignity, Respect, Professionalism and Ethical Treatment in a Mentoring Relationship
    Posted on May 19, 2017

    "Maintain high standards of ethics and professionalism: Mentors and mentees must strive to uphold appropriate ethical behavior as professionals." 

    Best practices for ethics and professionalism in a mentoring realtionship:

    • Promote mutual respect and trust
    • Maintain confidentiality
    • Be diligent in providing knowledge, wisdom, and developmental support
    • Carefully frame advice and feedback so it is well-received and constructive

    From Amy Greil's "A Story of Mentoring" found online at http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/amy_greil_a_story_of_mentoring_493097750.php

  • Taking Initiative to Plan Meetings
    Posted on May 1, 2017

    In your mentoring relationship, try to take initiative by contacting your mentor or mentee first to plan a meeting. Once your meeting time is set, don't change it unless an emergency arises. This shows that you respect the relationship, and that you value your mentor's/mentee's time and presence. 

  • Actively Participating
    Posted on April 26, 2017

    Mentee: Listen. Ask if you can observe your mentor’s practice if he/she is local.

    Mentor: Engage in your own learning while you are mentoring, collaborate on projects, ask questions and experiment.

    (From "Ten Tips for a Successful Mentor/Mentee Relationship" https://www.amtamassage.org/mentor/Ten-Tips-for-a-Successful-Mentor-Mentee-Relationship.html)


  • Mentoring People Who Aren't Like You
    Posted on April 19, 2017

    "It took me years to understand this basic dynamic: Those who look less like me might find it hard to share their concerns with me or ask for help. They might feel uncomfortable raising their hand if they aren’t sure I will identify with them. And it’s on me, as the leader, to help close that gap." 

    -Richard Farnell in his article "Mentor People Who Aren't Like You" from the Harvard Business Review


  • Helping your Mentee Trust Their Own Judgment
    Posted on April 17, 2017

    "Being a sounding board for your mentee, allowing them to discuss the situation with you, then helping them to think through the situation by asking them questions to draw out the consequences of various actions, is always more empowering for a mentee than advising them what to do. It helps them work through the issue and come to their own conclusions. By doing so, you ultimately help them to learn to think through issues themselves and trust their own judgment, both valuable life skills."

    -From "10 Ways to be a Good Mentor" by Blue Sky Coaching.

    Read the full PDF version here: https://www.blueskycoaching.com.au/pdf/v4i10_mentor.pdf

  • Listing Expectations
    Posted on April 13, 2017

    At the beginning of a mentoring relationship, make sure to talk to your mentee/mentor about your expectations, and what you would like to get out of the relationship. This will help you decide whether or not the relationship will be well-suited and mutually beneficial. However, keep in mind that you can learn things from your mentee/mentor that you may not have expected!

  • Verbal and Nonverbal Messages
    Posted on April 5, 2017

    Make sure to observe your mentee's nonverbal body language, but do so respectfully and carefully. This will help you understand what they are thinking and feeling, apart from what they communicate to you orally. 

  • Challenging Situations
    Posted on March 22, 2017

    You may encounter challenges as your mentoring relationship develops. Try to approach each with a positive attitude, and make sure to consider your mentee's feelings (as well as your own). Involve your mentee when strategizing about solutions to certain problems. 

  • Think for Yourself
    Posted on February 16, 2017

    Everybody is different, so not all advice your mentor gives will work for you. Try taking some time to experiment and discover what works best for you. Then you can try teaching it back to your mentor!


  • Networking
    Posted on August 31, 2015

    According to Levo, there are 5 types of networking events to attend: 1) breakfast; 2) industry specific events; 3) round-table events; 4) happy hour; 5) LinkedIn groups.