Right men­tor can help pave way to suc­cess

Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - FRONT PAGE - COLLEEN COATES

IT’S eas­ier to climb the cor­po­rate lad­der when you’re fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of some­one who has climbed the rungs be­fore you. This is the prin­ci­ple of work­place men­tor­ing, a spe­cial type of coach­ing re­la­tion­ship typ­i­cally in­volv­ing a more se­nior pro­fes­sional and a less-ex­pe­ri­enced protégé. A men­tor is truly a trusted friend who can help the mentee get a bet­ter grasp on the un­spo­ken rules of the game, and guide them to­ward reach­ing spe­cific ca­reer goals.

The big­gest dif­fer­ence be­tween sim­ply net­work­ing and men­tor­ing is that the lat­ter is a long-term com­mit­ment. It is an on­go­ing, planned part­ner­ship. Whether for­mal or in­for­mal, the foun­da­tion for men­tor­ing is a com­ple­men­tary and mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship. The mentee re­ceives guid­ance and ad­vice that cham­pi­ons their growth both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. The men­tor gains the op­por­tu­nity to strengthen their lead­er­ship skills.

Be­cause of these ben­e­fits, em­ployee men­tor­ing pro­grams are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly com­mon in the work­place.

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