10 Great Concepts for Mentoring

Posted on: February 28, 2019 Posted in: Life Coach

Mentoring is one of the most important concepts of Life Coaching which one needs to inculcate. Apart from the fact that it creates a heightened value of your personal brand in the market, mentoring also helps you to branch out and network with other individuals.  Career mentoring is a terrific way to support the growth, development and career progression of another, share your knowledge, skills and experience, and even extend your own network.

But what exactly do you have to do to become a good and successful mentor. Well here we list out a set of activities and concepts for mentoring which will take you to the next level:

1.  Identify the Goals :  Identify the professional goals which you have set out to achieve in the world of Life Coaching. It is imperative that the objectives of the mentee correspond with that of company that they represent.

2.  Create a Mentoring Action Plan : Creating a structured action plan whereby you can see the improvements in tangible terms. Review possible career mentoring activities with your mentee. This can only be done once you have done the research and put in the hours. It is imperative to know what exactly is the nature of the job of your mentee and how you can help him.

3.  Seed your mentee’s growth :  Just as a farmer has to fertilize at the right time and dig out the weeds at other times, you need to find a dynamic balance between supporting and challenging your mentee. Supporting your mentee will include providing him with information, feedback on his progress, emotional support, and advocacy as needed. Challenging your mentee will encourage him to always set and maintain high standards of practice, encourage the risk-taking needed for exploration of innovative and creative ideas, and help him develop the persistence to reach difficult goals.

4.  Build Skills that enable the mentee to think more strategically : Many professionals are good at following directions and applying pre-set methods or standards to performing a task. But motoring’s a process about self-actualizing one’s full potential. Effective and more frequent strategic thinking is integral to moving from Point A to a higher Point B in a profession. It’s a core element of become a certified coach. As a mentor you can model strategic thinking methods, demonstrating how your mentee can move toward gaining a more strategic outlook on events and circumstances.

5. Tune up your listening skills : As a mentor and a generous and engaged professional, you will be eager to jump in and assist your mentee. However, you need to resist the urge to act and make decisions for your mentee and instead do the difficult task of listening. Stop, focus, and listen. Avoid bringing the frenzy of your daily work to time you share with your mentee. Some mentees may need time to reflect and formulate ideas. Other mentees may thrive with an active and rapid exchange. Each mentee will be unique. Do your best to ask probing questions and sit back to listen to the thoughts of a creative, talented, and highly motivated junior colleague light up the room.

6.  Job Shadowing : Invite your mentee to sit on meetings with clients and provide him off-the-cuff training to smoothen out the rough edges. This will eventually help the both of you. You will understand what kinds of skills he/she is lacking, and what important aspects you have to work on.

7.  Sharing your Life Journey : There have been many ups and downs in your professional career that you have might have undergone. All of these experiences have made you into what you are today. Also invite your mentee to share the story of his career. This will create a bond and a deeper sense of understanding between the two of you.

8.  Discuss Interpersonal Skills : Discuss all the types of problems your mentee has to undergo which is holding them back from reaching their true potential.  Also try to assess the kind of working knowledge that they already have, this will enable you to know how deep in the water you are.

9. Share your network : Today’s world of team science to address complex questions requires one to work with numerous collaborators both within and outside of your organization. Developing a professional network takes time and years of practice, but you can accelerate the process for your mentee by making introductions.

10.  Close the Loop : Prepare in the advance for the end of your mentoring loop. Take stock of all the lessons learned and at the end of the day what is still left to be accomplished on their end.