When mentoring is working well it is carefully matched, properly contracted, and purposefully engaged with.
While offering no guarantees to the mentee about any particular progress towards a goal or outcome. Mentoring can be of tremendous support if it can:
- be present when most needed
- respectfully disturb any sense of entitlement, unacknowledged mediocrity, prejudicial assumption and premature comfort
- be appropriately relational – growing and transforming for both mentor and mentee,
- seek to open up opportunities and possibilities – transforming awareness of self and possible prospects.
Mentors draw on their experience, professional knowledge and areas of study and developed skills and processes to engage the mentee in a process of dialogue and exchange that is both informal (relaxed – any questions can be asked – no specific structure has to be followed in a session) and formal (the sessions take place over an agreed time and over a specified period. The mentee may be asked / expected to take actions / follow up on specific points arising as a result of the mentoring)