Setting Direction in Mentoring – 60 second briefing

Setting DirectionOnce you have built your rapport and established your mentoring agreement, it is time for setting direction! This fast-paced 60 second video briefing highlights the key points mentors and mentees need to consider when setting direction in mentoring.

Mentoring relationships need a clear goal

Having at least one clear goal or some tangible direction is important in creating a sense of purpose and urgency in a mentoring relationship. Without this focus, there will not be momentum.

The mentee may understand their direction in advance of the relationship starting. For example, if they already have a personal development plan. Or perhaps the mentee has sought out their mentor to work specifically on a transition they are facing. However, the mentor may need to support their mentee to develop direction and use questions such as: What does success look like for the mentee? To uncover what the mentee really values in their life.

The mentor helps the mentee set direction

The mentor should challenge the mentee’s thinking to ensure they are working on the right areas. Will this actually matter to the mentee in a year’s time? And what will this agenda mean for the mentee personally in terms of opportunities, reputation, their learning etc?

Without clear direction, mentees tend to not utilise their mentors effectively and relationships are less energised.

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We hope you found this 60 second video briefing useful. Coach Mentoring Ltd offers video training to meet any requirements in Coaching and Mentoring. We will work with you to produce a bespoke video to suit your organisation’s needs, or you can choose a standard video from a range of topics.

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About Lis Merrick

Lis Merrick is Managing Director of Coach Mentoring Limited, the ISMCP Accreditation Chair (European Mentoring and Coaching Council International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes), a Visiting Fellow of the Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit at Sheffield Business School and she was the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) UK President from 2015 to 2018.

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