Mentoring is a way to pay forward all the help you have had through your career. But, as with many gifts, they often repay the giver as much as the receiver. Mentoring is a great way to learn yourself. It compels you to think through the best advice to give, and how to give it.
Let’s look at how to mentor a colleague.
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I’d say there are three main types of mentoring. However, a good mentoring relationship will blur the boundaries and rove across all three:
David Clutterbuck founded the European Coaching and Mentoring Council. So, let’s start with David Clutterbuck’s six roles of a mentor – which he handily makes into an acronym:
This suggests that your first task is to set up the mentoring relationship. You’ll need to think about:
The relationship you create can be anything from…
I have based it on David Kolb and Roger Fry’s Experiential Learning Cycle.
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I asked Project Managers in a couple of forums what material things you need to have, to do your job as a Project Manager. They responded magnificently. I compiled their answers into a Kit list. I added my own.
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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