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Mentoring: Rules of Engagement
Published 11/07/2016

  1. Commit to regular meet-ups.
    Setting aside time each month, or however often you choose to meet, is essential to continue building the relationship and to promote growth. If you don’t commit to set times you will most probably get too busy and pass over the meeting for other things.
  2. Provide feedback
    While it’s all well and good to have the half hour conversation, the learning doesn’t stop there. Both the mentor and the mentee need to provide feedback about the conversation; what worked well? What could’ve been done better? Was the session long enough? Only by asking, and answering, these questions will you both be able to learn as much as possible from each other.
  3. Be respectful of each other’s time
    You are both busy people with careers and a home life to take care of. While the set time should focus solely on mentoring, as a mentee you should be encouraged to ask further questions or for guidance when needed, but realise that your mentor can’t be replying to emails or answering your calls all day, every day. If you do have questions, try to ask them all at one time, or give your mentor time to answer them. If they’re not urgent, ask yourself if the questions can wait until the next session?
  4. Set boundaries
    While you may feel comfortable asking your mentor questions relating to outside of your work life, the suitability of the questions must be gauged. Remember why you have a mentor and what you hoped to achieve through the relationship before bringing your personal life into the conversation. There is probably someone in your life better suited to answering those kinds of questions.

    While each mentoring relationship will be different you need to think about what you both can get out of it and how you can achieve that.

10 Essentials for Inspiring Others
By John Murphy

  1. Clarify purpose, context, and meaning
  2. Create a compelling vision to focus intention and attention
  3. Gain commitment from the heart, not just agreement from the head
  4. Set priorities and focus efforts on what matters most
  5. Recognize and accept the power of grace
  6. Foster more creativity and innovation
  7. Demonstrate integrity and build trust
  8. Lead by passionate example
  9. Generate growth in yourself and others
  10. Awaken the spirit in work

Mentoring Reading List

Author Title ISBN

Smith, Hyrum W. 

10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management


Parker, Sam

212: The Extra Degree


Didion, Stephanie J. - Bird, Catherine J. 

A Hand Up: Women Mentoring Women in Science


Mays, Carl

Are We Communicating Yet? (Successories Library)


Foster, Ken D.

Ask and You Will Succeed: 1001 Ordinary Questions to Create Extraordinary Results 2nd edition


Waitley, Denis - Matheson, Boyd

Attitude : Your Internal Compass


Maxwell, John C. - Dornan, Jim

Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others


Daniels, Aubrey

Bringing Out the Best in People


Brounstein, Marty

Coaching and Mentoring for Dummies


Patterson, Kerry - Grenny, Joseph  - McMillan, Ron - Switzler, Al  - Covey, Stephen R.

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High


Blanchard, Kenneth H.

Empowerment: Achieving peak performance through self-leadership (Successories library)


Roberts, Deborah S.

Everyday Communication Techniques for the Workplace


Maxwell, John C

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently


Stober, Dianne R. - Grant, Anthony M.

Evidence Based Coaching Handbook: Putting Best Practices to Work for Your Clients


Center for Creative Leadership, Weitzel, Sloan R.

Feedback That Works: How to Build and Deliver Your Message


Weitzel, Sloan R.

Feedback That Works: How to Build and Deliver Your Message (J-B CCL (Center for Creative Leadership))


Bernstein, Laura E.

Generations Working Together... What Everyone Needs to Know and Do


Anderson, Peggy - McKee, Michael

Great Quotes from Great Leaders


Anderson, Peggy - Miller, Kyle

Great Quotes from Great Sports Heroes


Anderson, Peggy

Great Quotes from Great Women


Ziglar, Zig

Great Quotes from Zig Ziglar


Weinstein, Mark F. 

HABITUALLY GREAT: Master Your Habits, Own Your Destiny


Terrell, James B.

Handbook for Developing Emotional and Social Intelligence: Best Practices, Case Studies, and Strategies


Rath, Tom - Clifton, Donald O.

How Full Is Your Bucket?


Maxwell, John C.

How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life


Hamlin, Sonya

How to Talk So People Listen: Connecting in Today's Workplace


Cloud, Henry

Integrity: The Courage to Face the Demands of Reality


Shea, Gordon F.



Maxwell, John C.

Mentoring 101


Landefeld, Thomas

Mentoring and Diversity: Tips for Students and Professionals for Developing and Maintaining a Diverse Scientific Community (Mentoring in Academia and Industry)


Miller, Karen M. - Weinstein, Elizabeth

Mentoring for Success (Ami How-To Series)


Egeler, Daniel

Mentoring Millennials: Shaping the Next Generation


Baldwin, Juli - Cottrell, David - Adams, Alice

Monday Morning Leadership: 8 Mentoring Sessions You Can't Afford to Miss


Peddy, Shirley

The Art of Mentoring: Lead, Follow and Get Out of the Way


Nigro, Nicholas

The Everything Coaching and Mentoring Book: How to increase productivity, foster talent, and encourage success


Otto, Donna

The Gentle Art of Mentoring


Tamasy, Robert - Stoddard, David A. 

The Heart of Mentoring: Ten Proven Principles for Developing People to Their Fullest Potential


Dortch, Thomas - Fine, Carla

The Miracles of Mentoring: How to Encourage and Lead Future Generations


Murray, Margo

Beyond the Myths and Magic of Mentoring: How to Facilitate an Effective Mentoring Program (Jossey-Bass Management)


Lacey, Kathy

Making Mentoring Happen: A simple and effective guide to implementing a successful mentoring program


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