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MENTORING 101 WHAT IS MENTORING? Mentoring is the pairing of two individuals with the purpose of achieving mutually agreed on goals. It is a partnership in which both individuals share in a growth process and the personal development of one another. WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT? • Mentoring relationships are about development, growth and empowerment. • Mentoring has motivational value for both the mentor and the mentee. • Mentoring is protected relationship in which learning can occur without judgment. • Mentoring connections arise from shared experiences. THE TREND TOWARD MENTORING According to a 2005 study conducted by MENTOR • 3 million adults have a one-on-one mentoring relationship with someone • 96% would recommend it to others • Average mentoring relationship lasts 9 months, 38% last one year www.mentoring.org HISTORY OF MENTORING • According to Greek mythology, Odysseus appointed his friend, Mentor, to be a surrogate father to his son when left for the siege of Troy. • Through this relationship, his son learned skills, culture, and values that prepared him for manhood. • Just as Mentor served as a teacher, role model, and advisor, so do current day mentors! BENEFITS OF A MENTORING RELATIONSHIP • Everyone benefits from a mentoring relationship! • Mentors and mentees alike can reap the rewards from a mentoring relationship… BENEFITS TO MENTORS • Provides an opportunity to aid in the personal development of others • Aid others in reaching their potential • Enhances the leadership, teaching, and coaching skills of mentors. • And it feels really, really good to help others! • Others? BENEFITS TO MENTEES • Promotes a professional relationship that fosters guidance and support. • Increases self confidence. • Challenges mentees to go further, take risks, set new goals, and achieve more. • Provides a forum to dialogue on professional issues and to seek and receive advice. • Helps develop interpersonal skills. • Others? HOW TO BE A GOOD MENTOR • Be a good listener • Give advice • Be a good role model • Reach out to your mentor • Be accessible • Guide and educate your mentee HOW TO BE A GOOD MENTEE • Ask questions! • Share your challenges and victories • Engage in conversation with your mentor • Stay in touch with your mentor • Be respectful • Be receptive to feedback and guidance CHALLENGES • Lack of time • Distance • Difference in methods of communication • Big commitment OVERCOMING CHALLENGES • Set goals for communication • Make plans to visit with each other on a regular basis • Make time for each other • Keep the lines of communication open MENTORING ACTIVITIES • • • • • • • • Attend the Griffiths Conferences together Send email, text messages with updates Pick up the phone and say hello! Personal notes Face-to-face meetings or lunch Shadow your mentor for a day Contact your mentee when on campus Contact your mentor when you’re in the neighborhood GET TO KNOW YOUR MENTOR/MENTEE • What are your goals for your mentoring relationship? • What is your biggest challenge right now? • What is your one promise you will make to your mentor/mentee? HAVE FUN!