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The Art of Mentoring

The Art of Mentoring

What is the art of mentoring?

The art of mentoring is based on a sound base of research and experience. It is a hybrid approach that combines elements of mentoring and coaching into a mentoring methodology that explores possibility in relationship. Successful mentoring is also an art.

Your role as a mentor is best described as being a learning advisor and a motivational coach.

Mentoring is a developmental, co-learning and thinking partnership. It’s a commitment by you as the mentor to bring out the best in your associate. It calls forth new possibilities through the flow of meaning in relationship based on mutual respect and trust.

As the mentor, you need to embrace a learning mindset and encourage, inspire, motivate and teach your associate to always lean towards a possible instead of a predictable future.

Being an effective mentor is an art. Essential ingredients are excellent listening skills and the willingness to share your knowledge, skills, experiences and perspectives to foster the personal and professional growth of your associate.

Mentoring is about co-learning in a collaborative environment and involves creating a learning partnership, in which both you as the mentor and your associate discover answers together.
As a mentor, you ask insightful questions that challenge your associate to expand his or her horizons of possibility.

The art of mentoring includes reframing challenges and issues, introducing new ways of doing things and suggesting new approaches to old paradigms. Part of your learning contract is an agreement by your associate to take full ownership of the opportunity and to drive the process to a successful outcome.

You help break non-productive patterns and behaviours and incorporate storytelling to illustrate key learning points from your own and other examples of workplace challenges and successes.

Being a role model is one of the key differences between mentoring and coaching. It is important that you see self-disclosure about your successes, challenges and failures as part of your role as a mentor. This is not a call to perfection but as a mentor of others, you need to walk the talk and be an example.

Our approach

Exploring possibility in relationship

Your role as a mentor is to be a learning advisor and a motivational coach. The Art of Mentoring is learning how to integrate these two essential roles into your mentoring practice—being directive and being curious.

In more detail, The Art of Mentoring is a blend of:
1- Being instructive [the mentor as a learning advisor]; and
2- Being curious [the mentor as a motivational coach]. 

Being instructive is the art of story-telling and teaching about products, processes, people and personal experiences that lead your associate to insight and a call to action.

Being curious is the art of deep listening and inquiry about products, processes, people and personal experiences that lead your associate to insight and a call to action.

If this interests you, our Art of Mentoring program is geared to help our participants to:

  • Know the difference between mentoring and coaching and how to effectively use The Art of Mentoring methodology at work;
  • Know and apply the three conditions for personal preparation and self-awareness;
  • Know how to construct an effective and relevant learning contract;
  • Understand and integrate the 6 Conditions for Mentoring Success;
  • Understand and be aware of the 6 Pitfalls in a Mentoring Relationship;
  • Know how to prepare for and engage an associate in an effective mentoring conversation using the Mentoring Map;
  • Understand the Mentoring Path including what to do at the Commitment Phase, the
    Co-Learning Phase and the Closure Phase.


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The Art of Mentoring

Exploring possibility in relationship

Mentoring is a commitment to bring out the best in the other person. It calls forth new possibilities through the flow of meaning in relationship based on mutual respect and trust.

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