Become a mentor/mentored

What is mentoring?
Oxford University Press dictionary (OUPD) defines a mentor as an experienced and trusted adviser trains and counsels new employee or students. Mentoring is what a mentor does as defined herein, however to add, the “training” and advice should be aimed at developing specific skills and knowledge that will
enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth. A mentor can be anybody and he leads by example and is a role model

Work of a mentor

  • Teach about a specific subject/issue.
  • Coaching (this giving private or specialized teaching)-OUPD on a particular skill.
  • Share resources and networks which facilitate the mentoree’s growth.
  • Challenge the mentored to aim higher.
  • Create a safe and conducive learning environment for taking risks.
  • Focus should be on all round development of the mentored.

All this should focus on developing the inexperienced professionally and personally.

Benefits of mentoring to an organization

  • Builds and enhances team and work group performance
  • Motivates sales production
  • Improves management and leadership
  • Deepens commitment to personal, professional and organizational goals, and
  • Promotes diversity awareness and leveraging
  • Encourages retention
  • Reduces turnover costs
  • Improves productivity
  • Enhances professional development.

Mentoring benefits to the inexperienced – the mentoree

  • Develop skills you already have
  • Learn new skills
  • Get unbiased, confidential support
  • Fresh perspectives on issues are gained
  • Gets advice, suggestions and options
  • Gains from the mentor’s expertise
  • Receives critical feedback in key areas,
  • Develops a clear focus on what is needed to grow personally and professionally
  • Learns specific skills and knowledge that are relevant to personal goals
  • Networks with a more influential employee
  • Gains knowledge about the organization’s culture and unspoken rules

Different mentoring models for a formal program

  • One-On-One Mentoring
  • Resource-Based Mentoring
  • Group Mentoring
  • Training-Based Mentoring
  • Executive Mentoring

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