Engagement Tip #18 – Become a Mentor
Employees are hungry to learn and to grow their talents. One way to help them is to provide opportunities for mentoring. A mentoring relationship is a two way conversation that allows employees to “pick the brain” of someone they know and trust, seek to ask the questions they may not ask their leaders and to learn from the person who is mentoring them because that person has already been in the role the employee aspires to doing. It works well for employees who are preparing for more responsibility and need exposure to others who have been in those roles. Mentoring can happen within your team, within your organization or outside your organization. It doesn’t need to be a formal program with complex processes. All that is needed is a quick guide on how to get the most out of mentoring experience. Organic mentoring where employees choose and approach the people they want to be mentored by works best. Mentoring relationships are valuable, whether they are done through a few high quality meetings or over a longer period of time. Encourage your employees to seek out and meet with mentors and watch them engage in the process. Become a mentor yourself and see how enriching the experience can be.
Dianne is a business and personal coach who helps individuals thrive as they successfully manage the dynamics of continual transitions; and author of a new book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. For more information or to sign up for her newsletter, visit www.inkiesta.com