Mentoring is a powerful staff development tool. Knowing how to make the best use of mentoring enables consultants to pass on their knowledge and skills to mentees who will also be able to mentor others.
Here are the top 5 resources suggested by CBC to help your mentees to grow in their mentoring skills
1. Mentoring Matters website
The website seeks to support the development of robust mentoring initiatives that enable sustainable development in intercultural contexts. You will find many useful tools and resources on the topic of cross-cultural mentoring for mentors, mentees, supervisors and leaders.
Tip: Ask your mentees to explore the website and debrief about the most helpful resources they found.
2. Introduction to Mentoring online course
An 18-hour, cohort-based, online course. The learning objectives align with many of the components of the mentoring competencies. You can view the syllabus here. The training is available in English and French. Check out the dates of upcoming cohorts here.
Tip: Encourage your mentees, and if possible even their supervisors to sign up for the course. It is a good opportunity to clarify expectations and cultural interpretations around mentoring. The course also helps to clarify the responsibilities of mentor, mentee and supervisors.
3. Robust Mentoring ebooklet
This is a short and visual booklet that explains what robust mentoring looks like. It is available for download in three languages: English, French and Spanish.
Tip: Encourage your mentees to read it in the beginning of the mentoring relationship and have a chat about what they found surprising, helpful and challenging. Build on what they discovered to strengthen the foundations of your mentoring relationship and to help them reflect on how they want to grow as future mentors.
4. The Elements of Mentoring
This book by Johnson and Ridley is a concise guide containing 75 practices and traits of effective mentors. It is a good first read for those who would like to start mentoring but need guidance as to how to do it. Even though most of the examples in this book stem from American university life, the book provides stories that can be good conversation starters in settings where cross-cultural mentoring is the norm. Some practices and principles will need to be adapted according to the cultural context.
Tip: As you expect your mentees to develop into mentors themselves, read this book with them and discuss together any questions or comments that arise.
5. Practical Mentoring online course
This is an asynchronous course with 12 modules to choose from, according to the professional development needs of the participant. Each module is built around one or more of the components of the mentoring competencies in the CBC system. It is a prerequisite to have a mentee.
Tip: Sign up together with your mentees so that you can share your learning and consolidate it by talking about how you can each apply it in your contexts.
Further resources that might interest you
- Cross-cultural Mentoring – an article by Sunny Hong
- Why Mentoring Programs and Relationships Fail – an article by David Clutterbuck
- The 4 Stages of a Formal Mentoring Relationship – a short video
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