If you plan to succeed in today’s marketplace, there are three types of people you must have in your professional life. These people will help you reach your professional goals, climb the corporate ladder, obtain professional success and grow in all areas of your life.
The Mentor will help you reach goals much quicker than expected and with fewer headaches. You should always strive to surpass your Mentor’s current professional level. Don’t seek a Mentor for what he/she has earned (i.e., house, car, degrees, clothes, etc.) but seek a Mentor for what he/she has learned (i.e., insight, wisdom, life’s lessons, character, knowledge and integrity). Remember, a Mentor is a learning curve cutter and is also a person who shares h/her experiences, knowledge and wisdom. —– This is your time to receive.
First you need to understand "MENTORSHIP"step wise.
♦ Step 1: Identifying mentoring goals
♦ Step 2: Selecting mentors
♦ Step 3: Selecting mentors 16 Think Ahead! What are our program’s goals for mentoring?
♦ Step 4: Matching mentors and protégés.
♦ Step 5: Establishing frequency and duration of the mentor/protégé relationship
♦ Step 6: Providing professional development and ongoing support for mentors
♦ Step 7: Identifying mentoring content
♦ Step 8: Identifying mentoring strategies
♦ Step 9: Assessing and evaluating mentoring
♦ Step 10: Financing a mentoring program It is important to note that the steps are not necessarily sequential. For example, evaluation of the mentoring process is planned for at the beginning of the mentoring program and conducted throughout the process.
The Mate is a person who will be your Co-Partner. The Mate is someone who is close to your age and there is a similarity in your careers, life and business. The Mate is a person who you will bounce ideas off of and who will provide you with feedback. The Mate will also experience similar successes and failures as you do. Both of you should climb the ladder of success together. —– This is your time to share.
The Mentee (the correct word is protégé) is a person who you pour your knowledge into. The Mentee learns from your experiences and knowledge. A Mentee is great to have because h/she will compel you to review your life, your accomplishments and will cause you to squeeze out some nuggets of truth that will help the Mentee avoid some of the mistakes and pitfalls that you may have encountered. —– This is your time to give.
The Mentor, Mate and Mentee makes a powerful team. Did you know that the richest man in the world, Bill H. Gates, is mentored by the second richest man in the world, Warren E. Buffett?