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Coaching and Mentoring Employees: Helping Others Achieve Their Very Best by Laura Stack

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The Seven Major Functions of a Mentor

 

Depending upon the nature of your relationship, now what?  What do you do, exactly?  What are some of the ways that you can provide assistance?  The following are seven different functions you can perform to build the mentoring relationship:

 

1. Become a confidante.  This guideline is really critical.  Regardless of what roles you play, you still need to establish a climate of trust in which Mentees feel comfortable sharing private information with you.

 

How do you become a confidante?  Listen when the Mentee has a problem.  Identify and verify their feelings.  In other words, give feedback on what they’re experiencing.  You can encourage and praise them when you see behaviors that are appropriate.  ...

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