Here’s a list of demands-upon-self that can turn mentoring absolutely golden:
—Devote at least 2 hours a month to the mentoring process, including at least 1 meeting with your mentor.
—Participate in all formal mentoring activities.
—Take full responsibility for your own development.
—Initiate the mentoring process, meeting regularly with your mentor, fulfilling follow-up actions.
—Commit to accelerate the process of your growth.
—Articulate your growth goals, to yourself and to your mentor.
—Invite and accept feedback, coaching, and new challenges.
—Step out of your comfort zone and actively pursue learning opportunities.
—Solicit feedback and receive it for your use.
—Respect the confidentiality guidelines of your mentoring partnership.
—View the formal mentoring process as long-term with strategic focus, rather than for mere day-to-day problem solving.
Whether you’e a Mentor or a Mentee, a sense of urgency on the job matters–because it beats complacency every time.
Folks who are complacent on the job, no matter at what stage of development, just hang out in a comfort zone of safety.
They usually think everything’s pretty much OK, just the way it is.
But those with a strategic vision, for their organization and for themselves, aren’t really comfortable.
They nurture a gut level determination to keep moving forward; keep winning; keep adding skills and tools to their world of work.
These people seek action on critical issues NOW–and want to move forward toward distinction, greatness, unique goals.
They work on renewing their sense of purpose and pay attention to their inner direction. You might think of their approach as urgent care!
The 5-part complex of “vitamin C’s” to maintain this spirit includes Courage, Creativity, Competence, Communication and Competitiveness.
A balanced and steady dose of these will give new meaning to “urgent care” for both Mentor and Mentee career pathways and personal relationships.
If you want to put some spark in your career, or re-energize your work team, think about Project-Based Mentoring. This approach has significant benefits for both individuals and for organizations.
And it doesn’t matter if this approach is used in medical/clinical settings; space and aeronautics; energy or manufacturing; transportation or pharmaceutical; banking or non-profit enterprises. Project-based mentoring can help your summer sizzle no matter where you work or what shift you work!
Old or new projects get accomplished and people in the organization grow more and shine brighter. Go for it!