All relationships, at one time or another, come up against stumbling blocks, even with accountability assurances in place. In my research I have found that most mentoring partnerships face five common stumbling blocks: failure to meet regularly, unfocused goals, untested assumptions, breach of confidentiality, and lack of communication. You owe it to yourself and your mentoring partner to have a full discussion about the “what-ifs” and what you will do if they become a reality. That is, what stumbling blocks might occur, and if they do what process will you use to address them?
There are questions you will want to discuss with your mentoring partner:
1. What are some of the stumbling blocks we’ve ...

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