PREPARING THE RELATIONSHIP

If you already know the person who is mentoring you it is tempting to just jump into the business of mentoring and skip the process of preparing the relationship. Although you may be tempted, it is not a good idea. Mentoring signifies the beginning of a new kind of relationship and you need to start at ground-zero with a really robust conversation that focuses solely on this relationship as a mentoring relationship. No matter how many mentoring relationships you have had, each is a new partnership and therefore building trust in that relationship is the first order of business. One way to build trust is to come to your relationship prepared. The exercises you have completed up to now have contributed to your readiness ...

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