Archive | September 2016

BALANCING ACT

balance  In a world of 24-7 electronic availability to momentary demands,

both Mentors and Mentees struggle to balance working priorities and living priorities.

Necessary work-life balance can best be created through intentional responses to conflicting  pressures.
Here are some discovery questions that apply to both Mentors and Mentees as they face this challenge:

—–What are your priorities at this stage of your life?

—–What is most stressful for you right now, regarding work/life balance?

—–What does ideal balance look like on your job?  In your home life?

—–What is your significant other’s awareness regarding your job stress?

—–What are your boundaries regarding when work “wants” to intrude on your life?

—–What will be consequences if you do NOT achieve better work/life balance?

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MEASURING MENTORING

tape-measuresHow does anybody KNOW if mentoring is working?

Is there any tangible evidence of mentoring success? Well, yes, there is.

It is possible to evaluate mentoring success using at least 3 basic measures:
PROFESSIONAL GROWTH: Is the mentee more competent? More able? More responsible for self-development?Becoming as good as can be and better than has been?

PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT: Does the mentee act with increased confidence, making decisions, charting a meaningful career direction?

Doe she or he take more ownership and become more pro-active? Does the mentee Deliver on initiatives with a sense of inner strength that is not over-inflated?

APPROPRIATE RISK-TAKING: Are communications authentic? Can mentor and mentee have honest exchanges about their partnership?

Can the mentee leave some comfort zones to experience breakthrough growth through learning and accomplishing in new arenas?

Measuring the mentoring process needs to be ON-GOING and has the goal of constant improvement at its core!