What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a mentor?

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My answer to What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a mentor?

Answer by Ken Larson:

Mentoring is a two way street. Both ways involve communication and the time and effort to make that channel productive.

ADVANTAGE: Input you can use if the match is right and both parties are on the same communication wave length.

DISADVANTAGE: The time and effort to foster a two way dialogue

Good listening and observation are key. Relate to the mentor and how he or she does their job by not only asking questions, but also commenting on the outcomes and the quality of the mentor’s work.

If you have a thought on performing the job in a different way show some initiative by developing the approach and asking the mentor to comment.

Most of us who have mentored for years appreciate the fact that the mentored individual will do the job reflecting his or her own attributes and outlook and we are only there as guides. Make the journey interesting for us.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a mentor?

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About rosecoveredglasses

2 Tours in US Army Vietnam. Retired from 36 Years in the Defense Industrial Complex after working on 25 major weapons systems, many of which are in use today in the Middle East. Volunteer MicroMentor. I specialize in Small, Veteran-owned, Minority-Owned and Woman-Owned Businesses beginning work for the Federal Government. MicroMentor is a non-profit organization offering free assistance to small business in business planning, operations, marketing and other aspects of starting and successfully operating a small enterprise. You can set up a case with me at MicroMentor by going to: http://www.micromentor.org/ key words: "Federal Government Contracting"

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