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.


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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