Discovering the Mentor Within
Organizations worldwide are realizing
the value of mentoring. They are investing time, money
and resources into creating cultures that embrace
these important developmental relationships. Mentoring
partnerships vary based on the developmental needs
of the employee. These relationships can be content
focused (sharing knowledge or teaching skills that
may be needed) or process focused (creating an environment
to shift thinking and develop new ideas and behaviors.)
Discovering the Mentor Within
explores the skills necessary to help employees seize
learning opportunities in the midst of everyday events.
Volunteer mentors will learn how to position themselves
with a mix of coaching skills: diagnostic listening,
strategic questioning, gap planning, wisdom sharing
and productive feedback. This foundational training
serves as a basis for effective mentoring.
- Creates a supportive environment
to transfer knowledge from one individual to another.
- Enhances the culture of continuous
learning and growth where people can live and work
to their full potential.
- Offers mentors the personal satisfaction
of “giving back” to the organization and
passing along their legacy.
Each participant will receive a DISC
assessment to be completed and returned to The
Training Connection 10 days prior to the
Discovering the Mentor Within workshop.
Building Strong Mentoring Relationships
- Explore the difference between
informal and formal mentoring.
- Discuss productive mentoring
relationships and how to keep them on track.
- Learn how to respect and value
the natural DISC behavioral styles of others and how
to blend styles for improved interpersonal relationships.
The Keys to Mentoring Success
- Clarify the four key mentoring roles.
- Learn how to engage others in their
own process of self-discovery.
- Build skills in diagnostic listening,
strategic questioning, gap planning, sharing wisdom and
- Learn how and when to involve the supervisor
in the mentoring process.
Designing Developmental Experiences
- Help mentorees set learning goals,
priorities and milestones.
- Discuss examples of developmental activities
including: classroom courses, shadowing, developmental assignments
or projects, insightful feedback (self & 360), detail
assignments/job rotations, networking, self-study and research.
- Learn how to develop a Mentoring Action
Plan and a Mentoring Agreement based on the individual needs
of the mentoree.
Sustaining Momentum and Renewing
- Learn how to evaluate progress and
- Identify momentum-blockers and what
can cause a “plateau” in a mentoring relationship.
- Develop strategies for renewing commitment
and sustaining momentum.
Closing Down the Mentoring Relationship
- Learn how to reflect on learning outcomes
and lessons learned.
- Explore strategies for closing down
the mentoring relationship.
- Discuss ideas for celebrating success
and sharing acknowledgements and gratitude.
Experiential - Based Learning
Discovering the Mentor Within is
an experiential-based training program. Experiential
learning offers participants an opportunity to learn
by doing. Mentors will be asked to “contract”
with another participant in the training program to
be coached on a particular issue or skill that is
relevant to them. This will ensure 1) the skills they
are learning are immediately reinforced by being put
to use and 2) the experience being on the “other
side of the table,” which also enhances their
ability to mentor.
Participants will receive a Discovering the Mentor
Within workbook for use during the training program
and for on-going mentoring. Through personalized information
generated from the TTI Success Insights™ software, participants
have the opportunity to immediately increase their knowledge
of self and others. TTI Success Insights™ reports clarify
individual work styles, how those styles effect job performance
and how the mentoring partnership can build on strengths and