The Mentor Playbook

What is mentoring?

When are you mentoring?

1:1 relationship

Educational environment

Day-to-day interactions

Mentoring is...

Knowledge sharing

Requirements

You need...

Time

Give more than you take

Be honest about knowledge gaps

Why mentor?

Mentor because...

Develop skills

Reinforce knowledge

Expand your network

Mentor because...

Help build your community

Mentor because...

Nurture diversity & inclusion

Am I ready?

Stages of Competence

Stages of Competence

Reflective competence

Jargon

Jargon is a shortcut to communication

Only helpful when there's a prior shared understanding

Who to mentor?

Mentor someone...

Who asks for help

With potential

Dealing with change

Mentor someone...

Inside & outside of your network

How should we mentor?

Mentor by...

Establish trust

Mentor by...

Help navigate

Help them prioritize

Set expectations

Mentor by...

Problem-solving team

Adjust your guidance to match their pace

Network introductions

Mentor better

Remove roadblocks

Fear

Safe environment

Learning as a value

Foster collaboration

Remove roadblocks

Impostor syndrome

Celebrate accomplishments

Reflect on progress

Encourage independence

Formulate good responses

Approachable

Vulnerable

Non-directive

Formulate good responses

Be receptive and don't be surprised

Be especially encouraging to the first few questions

Walk the middle path

Formulate good responses

  • Well, actually...
  • It's easy.
  • Just XYZ...
  • What have you considered already?
  • What do you need to feel supported?
  • When X, do Y, because Z...

Mentor better...

Practice self care

Mentor better...

Colleague first, mentor second

Mentor better...

Assume infinite intelligence, zero knowledge

Mentor better...

Focus on character development

Mentor better...

Let them make their own decisions

Mentor better...

Work on emotional intelligence

Mentor better...

Keep in mind cultural & personal sensitivity

Mentor better...

Make learning accessible

Mentor better...

Forever mentor

Mentor better...

Ask for feedback

We all benefit

Healthy communities

Social capital

Collective growth

References

Resources

The Mentor Playbook