Project Management

How to be a Better Mentor

Kenneth has 14 years of healthcare experience in government and private industry. Over eight years of experience managing healthcare IT projects, operations, contracts, and personnel. His work experience includes project management, contracts and procurements, data analysis, claims adjudication, business writing, and business process modeling. Kenneth was certified in 2006 as a Project Management Professional.

A mentoring relationship can be beneficial for all involved. If you are lucky enough to be a mentor, it would behoove you to be the best one possible. When you think about the possible impact of being a mentor to someone--future projects and employees of the person you are mentoring--the stakes become very high for you to do everything you possibly can to ensure you’re a good mentor and role model. These tips will get you pointed in the right direction--whether or not you have ever had a good mentor or been a mentor before.

Being Available
The first step in being a good mentor is to be available. If you tell someone that you will mentor them but then stay busy with your own job and work or leisure pursuits, then you are not being a very good mentor. It’s important at the beginning of the relationship to establish the “when” and “how” of getting together to work on mentoring. If you only make yourself available according to your schedule, you may not be meeting their needs very well. If you are dedicated to being a good mentor, then it is important to be available based on what the mentee needs--not just what you are willing to give.

Remember why you wanted to mentor somebody in the first place--the reason behind establishing such a relationship is to impart your knowledge and experience and help them along their path. This …

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- George Bernard Shaw