How to get the maximum benefit from being mentored


I’ve been out at a client site delivering workshops on how to be an inspiring mentor (for supervisors and managers volunteering to mentor young professionals) and to get the most of your mentoring relationship if you are a mentee. There are so many books out there about mentoring: how to be a good mentor, how to launch and manage a mentoring program, using emotional intelligence in mentoring, the distinction between mentoring and coaching, etc. However, one rarely finds much focus on the mentee, unlike in this book (a workbook really) that goes through defining what mentoring is all about, as well as talking about how to be proactive as a mentee, to develop the skills required to thrive in a mentoring relationship, develop a solid trust-based relationship and evolve it over time. That would certainly be my top recommended read for anybody considering looking for a mentor as part of their own development plan.


Shea, Gordon, Making The Most of Being Mentored, 2nd edition, Crisp Fifty-Minute Series Book, Axzo Press, 2009.

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