When mentors fully invest in creating effective mentoring relationships, they benefit from mentoring just as much as mentees. Our Mentoring Excellence Masterminds Series for Mentors (Mentor MEMs) provides a community of learning, expert content and just-in-time support for mentors looking to develop their mentoring skills and make the most of their mentoring relationships.
This mastermind is for you if you or your organization is interested in:
- Providing ongoing mentoring support to maximize mentoring success
- Facilitating ongoing development of mentees
- Providing just-in-time coaching
- Ensuring that mentees are getting what they need from their mentoring relationships
This series is made up of twelve (12) 90-minute live video conferences, addressing the following topics:
- Getting Started. Effective mentors learning as much as they can about mentoring and current best mentoring practice before they engage in a mentoring relationship. They make time to reflect on what they have learned from past mentoring experiences and reflect on their strengths and challenges. How well have you prepared yourself for getting started? What more could you be doing?
- Building Your Capacity as a Mentor. Mentoring offers a unique opportunity to grow and develop in your role as a mentor. What are the qualities do good mentors possess? What do you need to do to grow your capacity and competency as a mentor?
- Building Trust. Each relationship must find its own path and maintain a sufficient level of trust to develop a quality mentoring relationship and promote learning. It takes time and attention to build trust. In some cultures it takes more time than in others. What are some of the proven strategies to facilitate this fundamental requirement for mentoring?
- Listening and Conversation. Listening is the one trait that mentees say they appreciate the most in their mentors. It is a basic requirement of conversation. Many mentors think they have engaged in conversation but actually what they been engaged in is a transaction. How can you elevate your listening skills and the level of your mentoring conversations?
- Establishing Agreements. Establishing agreements before you get into the work of mentoring assures mutual accountability for achievement of learning goals. A robust conversation about mentoring learning goals, ground rules and some of the softer issues in a relationship— topics like confidentiality, boundaries, and hot buttons go a long way in contributing to mentoring success and accountability. What is the best way to help a mentee formulate goals? What accountability assurances do you need to put in place to stay on track?
- Leveraging Difference. Understanding others begins with understanding ourselves. The good news is that mentoring is a proven strategy for increasing self-awareness – for mentees and mentors. What can you do to create awareness and leverage the unique skills, perspective and attributes of you and your mentees?
- Facilitating Learning. A mentor who knows how to support, challenge, and provide vision can facilitate mentee growth and development despite the obstacles that present themselves. Mentoring partners who are prepared to engage in a meaningful feedback process have a much easier time overcoming obstacles. How can you power up your facilitation and feedback skills?
- Coaching Skills. There are times when you need to bolster performance in the present to help a mentee move into a desired future. That is when coaching skills come to bear in a mentoring relationship. What is the difference between mentoring and coaching and how will you know how to balance the two?
- Honing Your Feedback Skills. The mentor’s role is to provide thoughtful, candid and constructive feedback. You will need to set the stage so that your mentee knows that feedback is an ongoing part of mentoring. You will need to give feedback and ask for feedback. Most importantly, you will need to role model all aspects of good feedback practice. How good are you at asking for, receiving and giving feedback? What can you do to improve your skills?
- Getting Unstuck. Every relationship faces obstacles at one time or another. The challenge is to overcome and learn from them. Mentoring partners who are prepared to engage in a meaningful feedback process have a much easier time overcoming obstacles. What steps can I take to address mentoring conflicts and stagnation without compromising the relationship?
- Identifying Resources You Will Need. Your mentee asks you a question you cannot answer. How will you help the mentee get what they need?
- Bringing Mentoring to Closure and Moving Forward. Closure presents a unique opportunity for reflection, growth and development for both mentors and mentees. If closure is to be a mutually satisfying learning experience, you must prepare for it. What can you do to help your mentee leverage his learning and make closure a mutually satisfying learning experience?