It’s pretty hard to screw up mentoring because it really is not mysterious or difficult. Just one rule for mentors: stay in full-attention listening mode at regular meetings. Just one rule for mentees: take full advantage and prepare intentionally for regular meetings. Otherwise, there are 3 ways to screw up at mentoring:
* Don’t meet often and when you do
* Don’t listen, and also
* Don’t keep your promises
See? Even clumsy efforts that keep best interests in focus will spell success in mentoring.
Have you ever heard that expression? It means the whole thing looms so large that what is essential is hard to see. Same way with Mentee’s issues. So here are six solid questions to help Mentees identify the real issue confronting them:
——What’s your real concern—and how great is it—re this situation?
——-What’s at stake for you?
——-What’ll happen if you do nothing?
——-What do you want from it?
——-What do you expect from yourself?
——-What keeps you back from resolving the issue?