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How to Make Mentoring a Two-Way Street

Friday, August 12, 2011

So the question arises: how can a mentor know when the mentee is ready to learn the next bit of knowledge? Simply put, it is when the mentee asks for it and frames the question in such a way that the mentor knows he or she can handle the answer. As the mentor answers the question, he or she follows it with the question, “Why do you suppose it is done this way?” When the mentee’s answer is sufficient, more knowledge can then be introduced. However, if the mentee’s answer is not sufficient, the mentor should pause the program and patiently teach again the principle through examples and discussion until it is learned. Only then may the mentee be allowed to move on to greater challenges... Read More

Lee Bertrand – Chief Learning Officer