Managing an Effective Mentoring Relationship

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  • 0:55 Commitment & Meetings
  • 1:56 Valuable Feedback
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Instructor: Savannah Samoszuk

Savannah has over eight years of hotel management experience and has a master's degree in leadership.

Mentor relationships can be highly beneficial to a company and to the people involved in the relationships. It is a chance for both the mentor and mentee to grow and develop together if managed effectively. This lesson will discuss ways to manage an effective mentor relationship.

Effective Mentor Relationships

More and more companies are implementing mentor programs to help develop their employees. A mentor relationship is when a more experienced or knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. Often times, companies choose veteran employees who know the company and their role very well to mentor newer employees.

For example, an engineer with ABC Technologies, Sally, who has been with the company for ten years, is chosen to mentor a new engineer, Summer, who just joined the company after graduating from college. Sally knows her position as well as the company standards and can help Summer adjust and meet expectations. In order to have an effective mentor relationship, there are a few things that need to happen. We will look at a few tips for managing a relationship, which include commitment and meetings, valuable feedback and guidance, and habits of successful mentor relationships.

Commitment & Meetings

The mentor relationship will only be effective if there is dedicated commitment from both parties involved. It is similar to committing to a workout plan. You're only going to see improvement in your health and weight if you show up to your workouts. Regular meetings should be scheduled to keep the mentor relationship active. In addition to scheduling the meetings, both parties should make efforts to attend the meetings and keep in contact in between meetings. Just like missing a gym workout, it is easy to miss a meeting and then the relationship will start to slip away. It is equally important that the meetings be taken seriously and that both parties are devoted during the time spent together.

For instance, Summer showed up for the meeting, but Sally was late. However, when at the meeting, Summer was constantly checking her phone for emails or missed calls. How effective was this meeting? Not very, since neither party was fully engaged or committed to the meeting. Both mentor and mentee should come to meetings prepared. If Sally and Summer had showed up on time and put all their attention into the meeting, it would make the overall relationship more effective.

Valuable Feedback

In order for a mentor relationship to be productive and strong, it is vital that valuable feedback and guidance is provided. The communication between the mentor and mentee is what will make or break the relationship. The mentor needs to make sure that the feedback given is positive and constructive. If the feedback is brief and negative, the mentee will feel attacked or lost. Also, the feedback needs to be a two-way street. It is important that the mentee receives the feedback and replies to how they feel about the feedback. This will help to make the relationship stronger and help the mentor provide better feedback in the future.

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