Critical questions to ask to decide if you have time for Mentoring

It is often a challenge to find the time to complete tasks associated with our own daily work, much less to find time for voluntary activities such as mentoring.

So why do people do it? And more importantly, how do they do it?

The answers to these questions are as unique as people themselves, yet there are some common factors. People become involved in mentoring so that they can learn a new skill, share their experiences and knowledge, and expand their personal networks.

Yet at times, despite our best efforts, we experience difficulties in sustaining mentoring relationships. The biggest deterrent to a successful mentoring relationship is dedicating time and energy to the relationship.

Half-hearted efforts yield half-hearted results. For a mentoring relationship to succeed, people need to fully invest themselves in it. So how do people do that, given all of their other obligations?

The answer comes down to commitment—being obligated or emotionally impelled. People who are committed make time for mentoring because of the value it holds for them personally.

They can be trusted to take actions that follow through on their promises because they value seeing the relationship succeed and the goals for the relationship realised.

They find the time to make the relationship work by holding it as a high priority for themselves, ensuring they give the relationship the attention it needs and deserves.

It is important to keep questioning the purpose and value of the mentoring relationship. This can make sure you keep on track, and correct time stealers when they arise.

Ask yourself:

What are the goals for this relationship?
How can you blend tasks from the mentoring relationship with work tasks?
What are your responsibilities in this relationship?
What do you expect of one another in this relationship?
How can you accommodate one another’s time constraints?

If this is the case, you can still use the questions as a way to reflect on your relationship to date and determine which ones you need to re-engage in order to renew your commitment to the learning and your partner.

Ref: The Mentoring Group

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