Introducing a structure to mentoring
04 February, 2020
It is very helpful to have a structure for mentoring sessions as this helps with timing, keeps the mentoring on track and provides a feeling of safety for both parties.
Here is a useful structure to use:
- Opening chat; “what’s on your mind today?” is an open question and may provide important information of any significant changes.
- Progress report; Gain a quick overview of how the mentee has got on with their action plan since the last time you met, “Can you update me on how you have got on with your action plan since last time?”
- Agenda setting; Find out what actions the mentee wants to take forward if not completed last time and, with reference to their overall goal, what steps they want to discuss today to move them towards this goal.; “what do you think we need to focus on today to move you towards your goal?”
- Exploration e.g. using the GROW model, explore the Realities and Options around the next steps the mentee wants or needs to take towards their goal.
- Review action items Ask for their new action plan; “What are the actions you want to take before we next meet?” and elicit their motivation and potential barriers for this (W of GROW).
- Ask for feedback “What was most useful for you about this session?”
If you stick to the structure you and your mentee won't get lost, you will stick to time and be a more effective mentor.
If you want to become a mentor or want to find a mentor, then contact your Divisional Office