Change Implementation Techniques for Forming Transitional Team, Creating Alignment, Maximizing Connectedness and Creativity

Technique 7.4 Principles of Mentoring

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Almost anyone can be an effective mentor. Answering the following questions will help determine the suitability of the mentoring relationship.





1. Are you perceived as a threat to the other person?*i

2. Are you too busy?*i

3. Are you lacking in interest?*i

4. Do you admire the other person?

5. Are you willing to learn from each other?

6. Is the relationship voluntary on both sides?

7. Is there mutual trust and respect between you both?

8. Do you both choose to help each other?

9. Is the affinity with and chemistry between you positive?

10. Are you being pressured into the mentoring program?*i

11. Are you willing to go through the painful process of growing and learning that includes taking risks?

12. Are you willing to focus more on facilitating learning and less on providing solutions?

13. Are the key issues more personally strategic (how to think more effectively, how the work fits in with the values of the overall organization, etc) and less technical?

14. Do you share a passion about seeking truth so that you can genuinely share thoughts and feelings?

15. Are you willing to share secrets so that the other person can advise candidly?

16. Is there a climate of integrity in the organization?

17. Is there alignment between the individual's and organisation's integrity and values?

18. Do you realize that this is not necessarily a permanent set-up (it might be related to only a specific project)?

19. If "fast-tracking" is an imperative in the coaching arrangement, do you understand how people take on and handle difficult challenges?

20. Is mentoring a way to develop political connections?*i

21. Is mentoring a way of exploiting promotional opportunities?*i

22. Is mentoring a way to facilitate the building of a power base and/or blind loyalty?*i

If the answers are "yes", (except for *i, where the apt answers are "no", then mentoring should be effective.

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