Analysing the topic related to mentorship we have to always take into consideration more than one part that is involved in this interaction. Mentor the same as mentee needs to constantly be aware and improve his/her skills so the cooperation can grow and at the end succeed. Proper involvement is required from both parts as if the two members fit symbiotically, it can blossom into a valuable relationship. With this article, we want to present dos and don’ts for mentors and mentees living in 20th century.
Dos and don’ts for effective mentor
Do: Make sure that the chain of command is not direct
The guidance and wisdom need to be given by someone with more senior/supervisor role, but an immediate manager may be not a bets idea. If this problem occurs the solution can be found in another company – hiring the mentor from there. This will eliminate any concerns about favouritism and awkwardness.
Do: Place the relationship first
Mentorships are long-term training program and this kind of relationships can last lifetime.
A mentorship is not only about work, it’s about forming a relationship between mentor and mentee.
Don’t: Job shadow
A mentorship is to focus on career and specific skills development, it’s not to train someone to do a job or take over a role of the other colleague. The mentor’s purpose is to show and teach the mentee how to think and act.
Don’t: Stick with a mentorship lacking chemistry
The mentor and the mentee should display some chemistry and compatibility. The important point here is to have the limit, focus on the goal and work well together.
Does and don’ts for effective mentee
Do: Be open about your needs and share feedback to your mentor
Make sure you talk about the things that are being implemented and you understand them. If you need more explanation with one or more topics, let them know because they are there for your benefit.
Do: Be flexible, have fun and keep an open mind
Be constantly aware and think on ways to improve your action and skills. When there is a serious task to do – do it but don’t forget to smile and have fun with your mentor. Sometimes step outside of your comfort zone.
Don’t: Put the responsibility of your own learning on the mentor.
Your mentor will not force you to work, it’s your work. They will share everything they know but you are the one who should learn, practice and absorb the knowledge.
Don’t: Set up unrealistic expectations
Your mentor is your guide who has professional experience and is there to help you cultivate your skills and proficiency. Set the goals that you are able to achieve. Do not expect too much from yourself neither from the mentor.