Mentoring is a relationship in which two individuals work together towards a common goal. The mentee sets the goal and set the direction of the partnership; The mentor shares their experiences and helps their mentee find the resources they need and reflect on the possibilities available to them.
You can meet a mentee anywhere. Personally, I have found mentors in many different places, both informal and formal environments like Twitter or professional programs and events. I have been incredibly lucky to have amazing leaders believe in my potential. Your mentee is partnering with you, and I know they are looking forward to having someone to share the challenges, achievements, and opportunities that come their way over the next five months (and beyond).
Since you have joined the Acorn Mentoring Program, you are now matched with a leader who is looking to improve their understanding of the aged care leadership, and being a better manager. You have the capacity and skills to help them achieve so much over the next five months.
The responsibilities of being a mentor will change with each relationship. This 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.
In short, 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
Mentees are to:
- Initiate discussions about the first meeting
- Meet at least once a month with their mentor. They know some mentors will only be available via Skype and have created personal Skype accounts. 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
- Mentees will take responsibility for learning and meet all tasks set by their mentor and the program. We have asked they make this program a priority. It’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 them on this journey. Taking time out from incredibly busy schedules; We all have issues with time, and we can usually manage it better to get the important things in our lives done.
- Be open to constructive feedback and how they can explore opportunities to become a better leader and manager. They are ready to be challenged, supported, and to do their homework. Learning and growing is a difficult thing, but having a mentor beside them on this journey is a great experience.
- Respect their mentor and his/her contributions.
- Share successes, challenges, and benefits that they have achieved with their mentor. Hearing about their wins, and sharing in the challenges is a great opportunity to develop further and nurture these mentoring relationships