BUILDING EFFECTIVE MENTORING PARTNERSHIPS

Mentor: Putting it All Together

Putting it all together

Putting it all together is a complex process because, although this course of action provides the greatest opportunity for nurturing learning and development, the mentoring partners experience vulnerability to misunderstandings and road blocks that can derail the relationship.

The mentor's tasks during this process all relate to fostering the core conditions that will assist the growth and development of the mentee: support, challenge, and vision.

Fostering Core Supportive Conditions

Core Conditions that Assist Growth and Development

Enabling Process and Corresponding Functions

Mentor's Tasks

Support

Managing the Process
•  Listening
•  Providing structure
•  Expressing positive expectations
•  Serving as an advocate
•  Sharing themselves
•  Make special gestures to foster relationship

Creating a learning environment 

Building and maintaining the relationship  

Affirming the validity of the mentee's experience

Challenge

Managing Momentum
•  Setting challenging tasks
•  Engage in discussions that challenge mentee's assumptions
•  Setting up dichotomies
•  Constructing hypotheses
•  Setting high standards

Monitoring the process  

Evaluating progress

Vision

Encouraging Movement
•  Model exemplary behavior
•  Keeping tradition
•  Offering a map of action
•  Develop new language and new ways of looking at things
•  Providing a mirror to extend mentee's self-awareness

Fostering reflection 

Assessing learning outcomes

 

Adapted: (Daloz, L. Mentor: Guiding the Journey of Adult Learners , 1999:203-209)

Even if you have followed the steps in this training and, as a result, the goals are clearly articulated, the objectives well defined, and the action steps identified, every relationship must find its own path. For additional information, click here or go to your Mentoring Workbook for a summary list of "Tips for Mentors."

Bringing Closure to Your Mentoring Relationship

All relationships evolve and change. By their very definition, mentoring relationships are developmental and focused on the transformation of the mentee from novice to professional in their chosen field. When this has occurred, an integral part of the closure experience is a highly focused conversation about the specific learning that has taken place as a result of the mentoring relationship. Ask yourself:

  • Did we acknowledge our accomplishments?
    Did we evaluate learning outcomes?
    Did we discuss the application of the new learning?
    Were our milestones celebrated?

As soon as it is determined that the goals and objectives of your partnership have been met, it is time to reflect on what has been learned, celebrate and move on. Now is the time for you, as a “retiring” mentor to focus on what you have learned and how you can apply those reflections to future mentoring relationships.

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You can continue to Mentee Training or proceed directly to Evaluating the Mentoring Relationship

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