3d. Foster an Effective Relationship
Prioritizing meeting with your mentee throughout the relationship is critical in order for you both to benefit fully from the relationship. Ensure a productive, successful relationship by implementing the following guidelines:
E-mail an agenda to your mentee the day before each meeting and ask for his/her input.
Hold meetings outside of your office, if possible (e.g., go to lunch, sit in a coffee shop, go for a walk outside).
Set next steps at the end of each discussion and clarify who is responsible for each of them. If follow-up poses a challenge for either of you, use the opportunity to problem solve together.
After each meeting, send a note to your mentee describing how you benefitted from the conversation; ask him/her to share his/her thoughts too.
Set a reminder on your calendar to send an interesting article to your mentee each Friday.
Note important personal events in the life of your mentee, such as his/her birthday and anniversary date with the organization.
Attend educational events (internal and external) together, such as lectures, talks, and discussions.
Find opportunities to interact with your mentee outside work, such as volunteering together.
Suggest ideas to your mentee of how to develop his/her hobbies.