When it is time to spread your wings – 7 tips for closing your mentoring relationship

As the saying goes… ‘All good things must come to an end’ The closure phase of a mentoring relationship needs just as much attention and careful planning as the beginning of the mentoring relationship. The closure phase is an opportunity for both parties to reflect on progress, accomplishments, and lessons learned, regardless of whether you…

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Reflect and perfect – A glance into the past to improve the future.

What can you learn from reflecting? Perfecting!  “We do not learn from experience; we learn from reflecting on experience.” – John Dewey. Most of us want to do things right and we do! However, at times things simply do not go to plan for a variety of reasons. Don’t I know it! By looking back…

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“And the Oscar goes to…” – Enhancing mentoring conversations with role-plays and scenarios

Have you ever thought about using  role-playing and scenarios as a learning mechanism in your mentoring conversations? Did you know that these learning methods are a fantastic way to quickly teach relationship and behaviour skills, processes and procedures, judgement and decision making just to name a few? Role-playing and scenarios are a very powerful learning mechanism. Regardless…

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Beyond S.M.A.R.T goals – How to take your mentee’s goals to the next level

Establishing goals is fundamental to the success of a mentoring relationship. However, setting goals that are SMART—specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and timely, is just the start of the journey to goal achievement. Success lies in the active participation of both the mentor and the mentee requiring ongoing focus, commitment, review and adjustment. Try these 6…

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7 Time management tips for mentors

  The single biggest factor contributing to a mentoring relationship breakdown is the failure of mentors to dedicate sufficient time to interact with their mentees. More often than not, when there is a time crunch, the first meeting cancelled is the one with the mentee. Do you find that you fall into a similar habit…

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Going the distance – making long distance mentoring work

When I first started working with industry mentoring programs, I believed that the most key consideration for success was regular face-to-face interaction with my mentor or my mentee. But over the years, I have come to practice and appreciate long-distance mentoring – that is where the mentoring conversations are conducted via video conference or over…

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Maintaining your mentoring relationship momentum – 4 ways to keep your mentoring relationship energised

As you navigate your way towards the midpoint of a mentoring relationship, it is important to take time for a quick assessment with your mentoring partner to see how the mentoring relationship is tracking. This will help you to gauge the benefit and the value of your partnership to date, to celebrate successes, or perhaps…

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10 Habits of Highly Effective Mentors and Mentees

A mentoring relationship is unique, in that a mentor doesn’t only give advice, but it is also a trusted professional relationship between two people.  Information, guidance and advice flows freely and openly between two people for the purpose of learning and growth. As with every solid and respectful professional relationship, a mentoring relationship also has…

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