Motivations are many: better work environment; greater reward; new degree on the horizon; new opportunities in the same organization.
There’s a particular triangle of talent that can really energize workers and that’s a good relationship between a manager, a mentee and the mentor.
Good managers recognize the underdeveloped abilities of their people and they can recommend mentors to help further the progress of their team members.
Aware mentees are the ones who can best identify areas in which they know or suspect they need growth.
Taking their developmental objectives to a good manager will help identify the sort of mentoring desired.
Gifted mentors provide strategic guidance to mentees, supporting both the manager and the growing mentee.
Mentors suggest readings, growth-oriented assignments and work in their own lessons of experience–
WITHOUT being problem-solvers for their mentees.
The solid energy triangle between the manager, mentee and mentor recognizes that it is the mentee
who’s the most in charge of his or her personal growth. Others can champion this adventure,
but it’s up to the mentee to “spring forward.”