Top 10 Takeaways from Lisa Lai
- Mentorship is a reciprocal relationship between two people where one person is in a position to help unlock the highest potential of the other.
- The mentor’s role is to serve as a catalyst – connect with ease, ask questions, be generous with time, make the uncomfortable more comfortable and be accountable for results.
- The mentee’s role is to commit and evolve – be aspirational, hungry for knowledge, candid and open, receptive to input and accountable for results.
- The structure of these engagements matters – agree upfront on what works best for both people.
- Building trust and rapport takes time, the benefit of these relationships unfolds gradually as you go. Be patient.
- For both mentors and mentees, it’s important to show up to these meetings prepared.
- Mentees take the lead by sharing aspirations, goals and focus areas – be thoughtful about what you want to accomplish.
- Mentors listen, inquire and provide guidance. It’s important to find the right balance between inquiring vs sharing and between supporting vs challenging.
- It’s important to reflect on how it’s going, measure progress, hold yourselves accountable for the desired results. Talk about this actively and tweak the engagement as you go.
- Don’t forget, mentors can learn from mentees too – it’s truly a two-way relationship.
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