Mentoring is a lifelong passion. Early in my career I was supervised by a person who had the talent and passion for mentoring and it had a major impact on my development. From this experience, I have dedicated a significant portion of my consulting practice to mentoring.
Mentoring is not coaching. Mentoring is a personal relationship between two people with one being senior in experience. Coaching is inherent in all leadership positions from Supervisors to Board Members and is a professional relationship with a number of boundaries.
Mentoring encompasses both the professional and personal aspects of the mentorees life and requires both parties to share experiences and knowledge.
Mentoring is also a great way for an organization to invest in the development of key employees (Executive Management).
The Geil mentoring program has the following elements:
- Identification of specific issues both present and future
- Sharing of resources and networks
- Safe Learning Environment
- Identifying Expectations
- Setting boundaries
- Agreed upon Outcomes