Being an effective mentor
|Providing a path of light...|
household, one parent a retired professor and the other a retired high school principal and director of education. (I guess that means you now have the right to call me out on my spelling and grammatical errors!
A few point he made in his report were, I am paraphrasing:
- He discovered that Construction Management was a complex profession
- Construction Management required keeping a host of different stakeholders in check and constant communication
- He dipped his hands into various aspects, management and the actual execution of a simple construction task.
- He designed a home as part of his over all experience and project assignment
- Ironically, he wrote, he eventually might not want to be a Construction Manager!
- He of course thanked all mentors who worked with him..
- Be an effective communicator with the protege
- Be an honest broker, give them the entire picture, not just your biased good or bad viewpoint
- Tell them things they might not to like to hear so long as you believe it is to their benefit, the trick is to communicate this effectively. Constructive criticism.
- Listen to and understand their viewpoints, most especially if they differ from yours
- Admit when you cannot help and suggest where you believe they can get the help needed
- Consider their goals and desires and how you can help them meet those goals
- Make sure they are able to have access to you as needed
- Considering you are probably volunteering to mentor, don't let them feel they are a burden
- The above means, spend quality time with your protegee, phone, email, face to face
- Above all, of course make sure to ask why they wanted a mentor and what they hope the association will provide.