Monthly Archives: October, 2010

How to start a mentoring relationship


Amicitia Maloon-Gibson, an executive coach and co-author of the best-selling book “Stepping Stones to Success,” recommends you begin a mentoring relationship with two documents: a worksheet/questionnaire for your mentee and a set of binding agreements between you and your mentee. The worksheet/questionnaire is intended to help your mentee conduct a rigorous self-assessment of his strengths, weaknesses, short-term goals and long-term goals. The resulting information should help you both identify the focuses of your future coaching sessions, which skills you should help the mentee develop and which obstacles you should help him conquer. For example, suppose the mentee’s worksheet reveals that…

Serving as a mentor brings benefits


If you become a mentor, you too will benefit will probably be repaid in spades for your efforts. Here’s why: * You will gain satisfaction from contributing to a worthy professional’s success. Take it from someone who has mentored hundreds of professionals — if not thousands, through individual sessions and seminars — it is exhilarating to help hard-working, smart and persistent professionals succeed, and then to rightfully take part in the resulting celebratory high-fives, back slaps and toasts. * As most educators say: The more you teach — and mentor — the more you learn yourself. Any type of teaching, including mentoring, helps…