Kylie Asks: How do I ensure a workable match between mentor and mentee?

Answer: Train both in relationship skills 


It is skill, the ability to relate and communicate, not “chemistry” personality or technical expertise that makes 

mentoring work. 


Help both parties understand that the mentoring process is about using decision-making, problem-solving or goal-setting and action planning techniques. Build their skills in these techniques and mentoring will work. 


Run workshops to explore expectations and boundaries and develop skills. Train mentors in the mentoring process, to use listening skills and facilitative as well as authoritative communication. Teach mentorees how to get the most out of the relationship. Then provide regular follow-up. 

I hope this helps.


Ann Rolfe.

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