Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Meta mentoring

We often assume that mentors have intrinsic abilities that cannot be taught. While I believe that there are mentoring qualities that can't be taught I also believe that there are key skills that can be honed and improved. One of these skills is strategic questioning.

Mentors often need support in managing the mentoring process. Sometimes a mentor will take on a mentee and not realise how much that it impacts on their time. In addition there can be unexpected challenges and issues that require some reflection and discussion with someone who understand the mentor process. This is where the meta mentor comes in.