Mentees often say to us, “I really liked my mentor, but looking back, I think I should have been challenged more.
I don’t really know if my mentor had any particular wish for me, something I was supposed to ‘get’ for sure.”
Here are a couple of questions about how to become a more challenging mentor:
- Get to know your mentee. Spend some time. Get a sense of confidence or under confidence; understand what is uncomfortable, to be avoided, or what the mentee fears.
- Tap your own knowledge of what’s proved important to succeeding in the organization–because of your experience or observations of others.
- Identify actions, efforts and attriburtes your mentee could use to succeed in the environment.
- Involve him or her in deciding what he or she needs to ‘get’.
- Stir in your take on what your mentee could work at to ‘get it’.