My answer to How do you give advice without sounding like you are giving advice?
Answer by Ken Larson:
Offer a model. Mentoring can be a dynamic, two way street.
“The most successful organizations pair experienced personnel on a staff basis with junior ones as models. Each has individual assignments and reports to the boss but the senior party is the example in the process/experience-driven aspects of the job and is available to answer questions. The younger individual infuses the older one with energy and new ideas much like osmosis. The result is a hybrid of old and new that works and has been put together by a team.
The approach works extremely well, imposes on no one, results in the youngand old learning by observation, satisfaction and recognition for collective efforts and reduction in the boss’s work load. A win-win all around.”