Volunteers mentor individuals and groups by providing guidance and support to nurture the growth.
‘A close developmental relationship between experienced and less experienced individuals.’ Collin, 1979
‘A one-to-one relationship between two people where one individual is prepared to assist in the professional and personal development of another.’ Gardner, 1996.
‘A protected relationship in which experimentation, exchange and learning can occur and skills, knowledge and insight can be developed.’ Mumford, 1993.
‘Help by one person to another in making significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking.’ Megginson & Clutterbuck, “Mentoring in Action”, 1995
‘Business mentoring is a practical approach to helping entrepreneurs develop their own abilities and insights as they start and grow their business.’ YBI 2010
· Trusting & Supportive
· Building capacity and skills
· Focused on the individual
· Partnership and friendship
· A mutual learning experience
· Building self-reliance
· Direct sponsorship
· A conflict of interest
· Task focused
· Doing it for the mentee/giving the answers
There are three key stages that occur during the mentoring relationship with the mentee and each stage impacts the next.
Though there is no specific timeframe, it would be reasonable for the first two or three meetings to focus on stage 1: building rapport and agreeing to the ground rules.
This provides a solid base to explore wider issues at stage 2: exploring goals and identifying challenges. After approximately 18 months (assuming a 2 year relationship) it is important to start thinking about bringing the relationship to an end, i.e.
stage 3: establishing the independence and developing self reliance. This is essential to ensure the mentee is fully prepared to ‘go it alone’ and prevents one party from becoming dependent on the other.
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