Grounding the Work of Mentoring

LEARNING ON THE PART of both mentor and mentee grounds the work of mentoring. It is the reason we do it, the process we engage in during a mentoring relationship, and the outcome that both mentor and mentee seek. Genuine learning evolves through a process of exploration and discovery. It requires collaboration between the mentoring partners and a safe environment that honors the mentee’s integrity and learning style. In this paradigm, mentor and mentee travel a parallel journey.


Mentoring relationships that are not grounded in learning, especially those based on the traditional model of wisdom transmitted from “master” to “apprentice,” are not very successful. Let’s begin by looking ...

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