Terri-Jane Yuzda

Mentors Benefit from Helping Others
(Part Two)

Editor's Note: Following is one of a series of articles from APEGGA's mentoring committee.



In the last edition of the PEGG we outlined the skills required to be a good mentor and listed the things that must be done to ensure a good mentoring relationship. This time we are going to list the suggested activities you can complete as you work with your mentee. They are suggestions only, can be tailored to you specific needs and need not necessarily follow the order in which they are presented.

Preparing for the relationship

1) Read through the Mentor's Guide
2) Identify the reasons for wanting to be a mentor
3) Review your past mentoring experiences for insights
4) If part of a formal mentoring program, talk with your company's program coordinator and meet with mentee's immediate supervisor
5) Review the Mentee's Guide to become familiar with the expectations of the mentee
6) Think through how you would like the relationship to operate
7) Determine any limits to set.

Implementing the relationship

8) Obtain more information about the mentee in advance
9) Meet with your mentee
10) Anticipate and encourage questions
11) Discuss why each are involved, both roles, what you can offer in knowledge and skills, what the mentee wants, any limits, potential times to meet, length of relationship and date of next meeting
12) Introduce your mentee to people who have skills you don't have or point them to where they can get the skills
13) Share printed resources
14) Invite the mentee to attend key meetings with you
15) Debrief after the meetings
16) Meet regularly and keep a mentoring log
17) Continue to introduce your mentee to potential contacts
18) Share opportunities to learn directly from you, i.e. tell your career story, describe your lifestyle, share specific techniques, listen in on a challenging telephone conversation, invite to a meeting, discuss significant learning experiences and favourite time management/productivity suggestions
19) Midway through the relationship, stop and take stock of how things are going
20) Discuss the mentee's plans, i.e. help identify skills and how to build on them, career and lifestyle objectives, share your own objectives, encourage, give corrective feedback with alternatives, suggest other helpful people or resources and point to specific codes, standards, policies, procedures and politics
21) Observe your mentee in action
22) Coach your mentee on a presentation
23) Communicate with program coordinator, if there is one

Reviewing Accomplishments and Taking Next Steps

24) Ask mentee to reflect on the accomplishments and put the thoughts in writing
25) Discuss the relationship with mentee and ensure that final reports are submitted by both, if such is a requirement
26) Volunteer for another mentoring relationship

This is the final article in a series of four articles on mentoring. We hope they have been useful.

APEGGA is assessing its role in mentoring. At the present time APEGGA is piloting a program in Calgary only. Contact Dr. Judith Lentin, P.Geol., in Calgary at (403) 264-0173 and judith.lentin@thementors.com or Len Shrimpton, P.Eng. in the APEGGA office in Edmonton at 1-800-661-7020 and (780) 426-3990 and lshrimpton@apegga.org for information about how you can be involved.

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