The first meeting
The mentoring process can only succeed when both parties respect each other and have a clear understanding of their roles. This initial meeting is designed to ensure that responsibilities and goals are clear.
Finding the right fit between mentor and mentee is essential, so this is an opportunity to get to know each other, talk about mutual expectations, and set the ground rules for the partnership.
By the end of the initial meeting, both parties should have a clear understanding of the mentee’s goals, responsibilities, time commitments and the logistics involved in making the partnership work.
This detailed meeting is offered at no cost to the mentee.
Formalising the business mentoring contract
At the second meeting, a contract is agreed upon that formalises the structure of the partnership. The contract will cover agreed objectives, how progress will be reviewed, the frequency of meetings and an estimated overall timeframe.
From here, the mentor will begin to develop a robust strategy that is designed to support the mentee to achieve his or her goals.
Managing the ongoing business mentoring relationship
Both parties are responsible for managing the mentoring relationship
The mentor will honour the terms of the contract by ensuring that agreed actions are followed through, and that the strategies evolve to best support the mentee. Over the course of the partnership, the mentor will listen, provide feedback and respect confidentiality at all times.
It is essential that the mentee take ownership of his or her journey. Therefore, it is the mentee’s responsibility to work on agreed objectives, track outcomes and ensure that scheduled meetings take place.