Mentoring is a relationship in which two individuals work together towards a common goal. The mentor shares their experiences and helps you find the resources you need; the mentee sets the goal and sets the direction of the partnership.
You can meet a mentor anywhere. Personally, I have found mentors in many different places, both informal and formal environments like Twitter or professional programs/events. Another great way to meet amazing mentors is to reach out and connect on LinkedIn – send them a Private Message and if they reply invite them out for a coffee.
Since you have joined the Acorn Mentoring Program, you are matched with a leader who understands the aged care and leadership journey. Someone we know has the capacity and skills to help you achieve over the next five months.
The responsibilities of being a mentee will change with each relationship. That is why it is so important to discuss expectations and revisit these on a regular basis - especially when you feel something has shifted or changed.
Mentees are to
- Initiate discussions and schedule the first meeting.
- Meet at least once a month with your mentor. Some mentors will only be available via Skype. Please ensure you have created your own personal Skype account and are familiar with how to use this. Meeting Face to Face (even virtually) is super important, it is a significant step in nurturing great mentor-mentee partnerships for the long term.
- Commit to the process
- Take responsibility for learning and meeting all tasks set by their mentor and the program. We ask that you make this program a priority. T’s not very often that emerging leaders have the opportunity to be matched with inspiring mentors and individuals who are committed to emerging aged care leaders. Being too busy can be an excuse, but our mentors have made time to support you on this journey; taking time out of their own incredibly busy schedules. We all have issues with time; we can usually manage it better to get the important things in our lives done.
- Be open to constructive feedback and how you can explore opportunities to become a better leader and manager. Be ready to be challenged, supported, and asked to do homework. Learning and growing is a difficult thing, but having a mentor beside you on this journey is a great experience.
- Respect your mentor and his/her contributions.
- Share successes, challenges, and benefits that you have achieved with your mentor. Hearing about your wins, and shari ng in your challenges is an excellent opportunity to further develop and nurture these relationships.
We expect mentors to:
- Commit to meeting with their mentees once a month (or as otherwise negotiated in their mentoring agreement).
- Provide guidance and professional direction.
- Encourage the work and growth of their mentee.
- Give constructive feedback and critique.
- Expand their mentee’s views and abilities through questions and other challenges.
- Provide clear, timely, and thoughtful feedback.
- Understand mentees set their own goals and direction, they're unique and are contributing massively to our industry regardless of their job title.
- Acknowledge and celebrate mentee achievement and wins.
- Share experiences, stories, and resources as needed.
If you ever feel unsure about what is expected or have concerns about your mentoring partnership, reach out to Samantha Bowen as soon as possible. We want to help you get the most out of this program and see you achieve amazing things.