Understanding the need for mentorship in business growth from our previous article is a stage that every individual that wants to make it goes through, and knowing the best way to approach a prospective mentor is another stage from where one proceeds to our today’s article. Follow through today’s article to understand what you should be doing at each stage of mentorship.
1. Preparatory stage
You might find it difficult to succeed in something you did not intentionally prepare yourself for. As a mentor or mentee, you should have a genuine interest in either helping or receiving help from the other partner. Also, you should ensure that you both have mutual interest and compatibility to avoid friction. Both parties should be clear and ready to play their respective roles adequately, which also includes the use of networks, contacts and resources to achieve the growth that is needed.
2. Introductory stage
It is true that before someone agrees to become your mentor, they must have communicated who they are to you. Well, that’s not the kind of introduction that I am referring to.
The introductory stage of mentorship is where the mentor gets to know more about the mentee. This will enable them to build a better relationship. At this point, they share their values, their long-term plans and goals, and even their common interests.
If a mentor handles this stage well, it will help the mentee to trust them more and be more transparent with them, which, in the long run, will help the two parties to achieve their relationship goals.
3. Negotiating stage
This is the most formal part of mentoring. Here, the two parties state what they want to achieve from the relationship and how they hope to get there. They set learning goals, create learning agreements, responsibilities and rules that will guide the activities that will go on in the relationship.
4. Growth stage
At this point, goals have been set, strategies to achieve them mapped out, and it is time for execution to take place.
Here, the mentor assigns tasks and shares resources that will contribute to the development of the mentee.
While carrying out the tasks, the mentees share their challenges with the mentor, who helps them to overcome them. In the process, the mentee becomes a coach, an adviser and a guide to the mentee. The mentor also gets to see their weaknesses and comes up with ways to help them get better.
Here, the mentor and mentee formally close the mentoring session, which might be due to the fact that the mentorship programme is over or the set goals were achieved in a short while. The mentor evaluates the total performance of the mentee over the mentorship period and encourages them to apply what they have learned in real-life situations.
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