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Mentoring Skills for Professionals

Unfortunately, research demonstrates that when on-the-job learning is unstructured, it often takes two or three times longer for someone to reach mastery, and it allows bad habits or unsafe shortcuts to evolve. The purpose of this workshop is to give mentors a structure to help them share their knowledge more efficiently and effectively.

What you will learn: In a dynamic business environment, knowledge is the only source of sustainable competitive advantage. The purpose of this workshop is to give you the skills and tools you need to effectively share your experience and expertise with others. Specifically you will learn:

  • How to teach others to take more initiative and make better decisions.
  • How to recognize your own preferred mentoring style, and the dangers of over-reliance on that style.
  • How to adapt your mentoring style to best meet the needs of those you mentor.
  • How to avoid taking responsibility for other people’s problems; how to help others take responsibility for solving their own problems.
  • How to find the time for mentoring in your busy schedule.
  • How adults learn and how you can share your knowledge more effectively.
  • How to help others build their networks so they can become more self-sustaining.
  • How to build commitment by tapping into the natural motivators within others.
  • The job factors that maximize individual motivation and growth, and how to use them.
  • How to establish appropriate and clear expectations for the mentoring relationship.
  • How to build trust and create a climate for learning.
  • How to foster consistency without undermining diversity and creativity.
  • How to provide feedback that is easy for others to listen to and that will help them achieve their goals.
  • How to help others create truly effective development plans that will accelerate their learning and significantly increase goal attainment.
  • How to help people grow and remain energized when the opportunities for regular promotions and the associated pay increases do not exist.
  • How to prevent people from stagnating when the organization needs them to stay in the job long after they have mastered it.
  • How to help others become leaders and entrepreneurs, especially when they have been conditioned by past experience to merely follow orders.

Target Audience: There are different versions of this workshop to meet the needs of two different types of mentors:

  • Technical Mentors: Individual Contributors or Team Leads who are helping others master a specific set of skills or body of knowledge.
  • Career Mentors: Senior Technical Professionals, Team Leads, Supervisors, or Managers who are responsible for helping others build satisfying and meaningful careers. Career mentors could also be formal leaders responsible for developing the next generation of leaders in the organization.

Duration: One or two days. All our workshops can be tailored to serve the unique needs of your organization.

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