SupportingHow do you know if the mentor assigned to you or the one you choose is really supporting you?

You might ask 4 questions:  Does your mentor listen?  Demonstrate empathy? Share feedback?  Review take-aways from new learning with you?

The listening skills of a really fine mentor go beyond fact-checking; beyond judging, beyond problem-solving and are exercised beyond the mentor’s own internal chatter. A truly attentive mentor is good at observing non-verbals; expressing understanding; providing empathy and exercising “other-person” focus.

And then, is your mentor asking, “What do you need from me?’ “What are you ready to take on?”  Does your mentor share learnings that worked in a somewhat similar situation?  Does your mentor ask you to identify specific goals with real-time starting dates and possible related deadlines?

These are some of the hallmarks of solid mentors who are engaged in the growing process along with the mentees.  So what’s your experience?   Let us hear a great mentor story from you!


About Mentoring Moments

Perrrone-Ambrose Associates specializes in assisting organizations of all sizes and missions to provide mentoring to their employees at every level. We accomplish this by creating mentoring systems and training strategies and programs for mentors and their mentees in establishing helping relationships. We started this blog with objective of sharing what we continue to discover about the mentoring process and by providing a clearinghouse for sharing our readers' experiences in the world of mentoring.

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