Mentoring News #7

December 2017

Welcome to Mentoring News #7. Well it’s Christmas and this month’s edition looks back at some of the articles published through 2017 and summarises the key messages. And of course, this is an opportunity to say MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wishing you a wonderful festive season and I look forward to bringing you plenty of mentoring news, tools and strategies in some exciting new learning & development offerings. I'll keep you posted.

Thank you very much for subscribing to Mentoring News and talk to you next year.


5 key roles of the effective mentor 

  1. Being authentic
  2. Valuing the role of being a mentor with a genuine interest in helping others achieve and succeed
  3. Continually developing skills – listening and questioning skills, feedback, building trust, self-awareness
  4. Being open to learning from the mentee
  5. Sharing own values and beliefs with the intention to developing a meaningful relationship with the mentee

5 habits of the effective mentee 

  1. Constantly looking for ways to develop skills and knowledge
  2. Takes the lead on their own learning
  3. Sets goals that are realistic and relevant to their development
  4. Asks for help when they need to
  5. Fully commits to the mentoring relationship

5 foundations of a successful mentoring relationship

  1. Trust and openness between the mentor and the mentee
  2. A focus on learning and achieving personal and professional goals
  3. Being intentional about committing to mentoring meetings, making time to talk and having a clear purpose for the mentoring
  4. Clear expectations of the mentor’s role and the mentee’s reason for seeking mentoring support
  5. Regular evaluation via a formal process undertaken by the programme coordinator (for example), or an informal - but planned - conversation between the mentor and the mentee to ‘check-in’ with each other

Why mentoring is a 'must have' in any organisation

Because mentoring..…….
  • Creates an environment where people feel appreciated, acknowledged and they stay
  • Creates a collaborative team environment
  • Creates a community
  • Supports and builds desired leadership capabilities
  • Helps identify job performance needs and supports development of these
  • Reduces recruitment costs
  • Increases staff satisfaction
  • Reduces the risk of employee burnout
  • Builds talent
  • Leverages the wealth of knowledge and skill of experienced staff
  • Helps the organisation become recognised as a leader in the market

Mentoring in China

Beautiful campus, lovely people, successful mentoring. Over the last year I have been working with 90 staff at the University of Nottingham based in Ningbo, China, piloting a mentoring programme. Commencing with a series of mentoring training workshops and completing a very comprehensive matching process, the participants met in their partnerships during 2017. Every two months the mentors got together as a community of practice which was facilitated via Skype so that I could participate from NZ.

The pilot concluded in November, involving another campus visit where I conducted interviews with the mentors, mentees, and programme champions to get their feedback on their mentoring experience.

There was plenty of excellent feedback, with reports of positive experiences, satisfying outcomes, achievement of professional goals, building skills as a leader, and experimenting with new technologies. This programme showed how mentoring adds another dimension to staff professional and personal development and contributes to organisational culture.


Merry Christmas! 

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