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Real Business : 2013 Issue 1
21 you are sent correspondence or if you are talking to a mentor and if you agree to a follow-up, make sure you are punctual on the follow-up. The art of developing the relationship is prob- ably the most important thing. Communication has been very much online for your generation, so the art of developing a relationship at a personal level in the same physical space is something you need to continue to work on. How long should it take to learn the art of asking questions? That’s just an ongoing journey and I’m still work- ing on it. What’s great about being young is you don’t have full understanding of protocols – and what “enough” is. So the best mistake you can make at the start of your mentee journey is to just ask all the questions you’ve got at hand. You can then start to read the energy levels of your mentor and work out whether you are asking too many questions. Then go away and think about it before the next visit. Work out the two or three questions you would like to ask during the conversation. Then watch the energy in the mentor’s eyes. If you are talk- ing to someone certain movements in their eyes will show you if this is something the mentor is passionate about, then perhaps you should drill down and ask one more question. This is why relationships are so important – you don’t pick that up in an email. Should the mentee know what they want from the relationship and have some key aims and goals before it starts? In many ways the likelihood is that if you have a good mentor – and if you come in with your own ideas of what you’d like to do – the right conversations and interactions with the mentor might actually refine what you might want to do. You should be asking the mentor to help you clarify your goals and the mentor should be able to step you through the process, but most impor- tantly the mentee should have a completely open mind. This is one of the most magnificent things a person can have, certainly at this stage of life. What do you think of company mentoring schemes offered to graduates? These are really positive programs, but they will be framed by company policy and the organisa- tion’s various agendas so you need to be aware of that. I think that form of mentoring is very good for you in your own workplace. But if you are lucky enough to be given the chance to be mentored in a company I still encourage that support – but understand the confines and the framework and complement it with even one or two short conversations with people across a range of aspects of life. What you need to do is have those con- versations with people in various walks of life who clearly have more life experience, not just work experience. poWerFul ForCe: Jedi master obi-Wan Kenobi knew a thing or two about mentoring.
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