Mentoring in practice
“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself” Oprah Winfrey.
Hmm…. we couldn’t say it better ourselves. As Oprah puts it so beautifully, mentoring is about ‘allowing’ someone to grow into their potential. Their own, self-determined, vision of a good life. We don’t tell them what that should look like, and we don’t tell them how to get there. But we are pretty good at helping them figure it out for themselves and then supporting them along the way…
Mentoring is a well-recognised and respected process designed to help you take practical steps to develop the skills you need to overcome barriers and work toward living a more rewarding and independent life. There’s plenty of research explaining how and why it works. Sounds great doesn’t it, but how does it look in practice..
The mentoring process
Mentoring is an entirely individual process so no two people will have the same experience. However, to give you an idea how it might look, an Interactionz mentor will typically guide you through three stages (see below). These stages could take weeks, months, or even years, depending on your needs and what you want from the program.
- Planning – helping you determine what’s important to you. What goals would you like to achieve and what are the steps that will take you there? We use our uniquely engaging planning tools, PATH & MAPS to help you visualise and plan.
- Building – working with you as you develop the skills, confidence and support network you need to work through each step. This happens at a speed you’re comfortable with and an emphasis on helping you build meaningful relationships that support you. You’ll have as much, or as little, input from us as you’d like. It’s up to you to determine what level is right for you.
- Stepping back – and allowing you to bask in the satisfaction of achieving your goal, whatever it might be. We typically do this part with a very big smile.
All going to plan, by this stage we’ve worked ourselves out of a job as you’re ready to carry on with just your natural support network. It’s a Eureka moment for all of us. Unless of course you’ve decided you’d like to tackle another goal with your mentor, in which case we begin again at the beginning…