It’s no secret that I am a big fan of mentoring. I mentor women as part of the ASPIRE programme, the Cherie Blair Foundation, CityMothers and individuals that have approached me. I was very flattered to be shortlisted for the PRECIOUS Mentor of the Year in 2012.
I see mentoring women as a duty to that I am delighted to perform, when the chemistry is right and my capacity can cope with it.
Perhaps you have thought of being a mentor, but weren’t sure if you had the skills or how to start. I came across this 3 minute video which I thought you would find informative
I’ll leave you with my top tips for mentors:
- Get down and dirty – you can’t mentor from a distance, you have to get your hands dirty and understand the nitty gritty of what your mentee does.
- Open doors – use your connections and your networks to open doors for your mentee.
- Don’t let your mentee off the hook, keep them focused and on track to act.
- Meet regularly – weekly or bi-monthly to keep the momentum going, the sessions can be short and sweet.
- Be prepared to learn as much as your mentee does.
I really hope that it helps
I am Jenny Garrett, Executive Coach, founder of Reflexion Associates, a leadership and coaching consultancy and author or Rocking Your Role – the how to guide to success for female breadwinners. Find out more about me, my programmes, speaking engagements and training at rockingyourrole.com and sign up for my newsletter