PART TWO

The Predictable Phases of Mentoring

THE CHAPTERS IN PART ONE explored mentoring in the context of who we are. In Part Two, we shift our focus to what we do: the work of mentoring and the predictable phases that guide this work.

THE FOUR PHASES OF MENTORING

For new mentors and those who have mentored without formal guidance, the knowledge that mentoring relationships have a predictable structure can be liberating:

Phase 1: Preparing (getting ready)

Phase 2: Negotiating (establishing agreements)

Phase 3: Enabling Growth (facilitating learning)

Phase 4: Coming to Closure (looking back, moving forward)

Although these phases are predictable and naturally build on one another, they are not linear. In fact, we generally portray them as a ...

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