Perhaps you friends can be good mentors to you.
An effective way to improving personal development
An effective mentoring program can often make the difference between a failed relationship and a successful one. If you’re looking at establishing a mentoring initiative, it’s important for you to understand your roles and responsibilities in managing a mentoring relationship.
Mentorship is a relationship based on personal development in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. Mentoring is more than just answering occasional questions or providing ad hoc help. It is about an ongoing relationship of good dialogue learning and addressing challenges.
“My mentor said, ‘Let’s go do it,’ not ‘You go do it.’ How powerful when someone says, ‘Let’s’.”Jim Rohn
Mentoring is a process that always involves communication and is relationship based, but its precise definition is elusive. The person in receipt of mentorship is usually referred to as a mentee.
A definition of mentoring
Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital and the psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or their professional development. It entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period of time, between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less (the mentee).
Here is a simple process to get you started:
- Set up the mentoring.
- Jointly agree on the purpose of the relationship.
- Determine the regularity of interaction. Weekly?
- Determine the type of accountability.
- Set up communication mechanisms.
- Clarify the level of confidentiality.
- Set the life cycle of the relationship.
- Evaluate the relationship monthly.
- Modify expectations to fit real life.
- Bring closure to the mentoring relationship.
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If your business or leadership skills are lacking, then by engaging a mentor you can fast track your learning providing there are close parallels between your needs and your mentor’s knowledge, skills or experience.
Up to 80% of businesses fail in the first year. Many of these failures could have been avoided if a practical mentor had been engaged. Encouraging mentors to step forward in your community can be very beneficial to both businesses and non-profit organisations as well as the community.