Phases in Mentoring Relationships

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Doug Lawrence
Entrepreneur, Canada

Phases in Mentoring Relationships

There are a number of different research positions on the various phases of a mentoring relationship. I have condensed it down to three:
  1. The Trusting phase
  2. The Learning and Development phase
  3. The Maintenance phase
Each phase provides for some outcomes that benefit the mentor and the mentee/protege in their growth. Each phase is based on the previous phase and its duration is driven by the mentor and mentee/protege.

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Phases in Mentoring Process

Hi Doug, looks like an interesting subject. Could you perhaps add a brief description of the characteristics of each of the 3 phases? And perhaps who thought of these phases?

  Doug Lawrence
Entrepreneur, Canada

Phases in Mentoring Process

  1. The trusting phase is all about building the trusted relationship. This is where as the mentor you may need to share something personal in order to build the trust. The trusting phase can be one meeting or several, dependent on your ability to build trust.
  2. The learning and development phase is where the heavy lifting in the relationship is done. This is where you both work together to grow personally and professionally. Initially you would meet weekly, moving to every two weeks and then to once a month.
  3. The maintenance phase is where you are still maintaining the relationship but the meetings are less frequent and are sometimes just touching base to see how things are going. Contact can be every 6 months or perhaps once a year. This would be something that you would both agree on.
You can move back to the learning and development phase from maintenance if need be.
I came up with these three phases.

  Diana Chee
Student (MBA), Singapore

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