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Identifying and Working with a Mentor

You can learn from a good mentor.  They have wisdom, experience and skills that can help you grow professionally.  Growth stems from interaction with someone you trust. A good strategy is to create a relationship with someone in your field whom you admire.

In your efforts to attain your goals, identifying a mentor who could guide and help you grow is crucial in your personal and professional development. It could be a senior executive, a seasoned coworker, a professor you once knew or a business coach.

A good mentor should be:

·         Accomplished – possess the skills and expertise needed to guide you and be willing to share their life experiences with you

·         Motivator – motivates you to reach for the stars

·         Good listener – listens and provides feedback

·         Innovator – has experience and foresight, and suggests innovative ways to approach problems

·         Accepting –  embraces your strengths and weaknesses

·         Supportive –  supports your efforts

When working with a mentor you should be aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and be open to receiving constructive criticism. The strength of the mentoring relationship will depend upon:

  • Creating a nurturing and a learning environment
  • Developing and promoting a vision of success
  • Setting  and defining measureable goals
  • Monitoring progress
  • Accountability in the relationship
  • Setting limits on confidentiality

A good mentoring relationship is a partnership in which nurturing takes place. It is a sounding board for innovative ideas with potential for growth for both the partners.

If you are struggling to identify a mentor, there are external sources you can explore to locate someone who could be suitable for you. Please check the following links:

Mentor Net: http://www.mentornet.net

Coaching and Mentoring: http://mentorcoach.com/