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Unformatted text preview: © Copy Right: Rai University 11.236 263 M A N A G I N G P E O P L E Contents: Definition Historical Perspective Mentoring, Coaching, counselling: Differences Steps in Mentoring Process Monitoring the Success of Mentoring. Problems & Limitations Conclusion Summary Exercises “If you touch me soft and gentle, If you look at me and smile at me, If you listen to me talk sometimes before you talk, I will grow really grow.” Bradley We have recently studied about coaching and counseling we also have a similar term “mentoring”. How do they differ, what characteristics they have and how can they be classified will be the outcomes of this lesson. Definition Mentoring from the Greek word meaning “enduring”- is defined as a sustained relationship between a youth and an adult. “Through continued involvement the adult (usually older & always more experienced) offers support, guidance and assis- tance as the younger person goes through a difficult period, faces new challenges, or works to correct earlier problems.” Mentoring is thus a development-oriented initiative. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines mentor as “a trusted counselor or guide”. For their Mentor/Protégé Program, many corporate houses define mentor as “a wise, loyal advisor or a coach”. In a broad sense, a mentor is someone who takes special interest in helping another develop into a successful individual Types of Mentoring: The two types of Mentoring are: • Natural mentoring Natural Mentoring occurs through friendship, collegiality, teaching, coaching and counseling. • Planned mentoring In contrast planned mentoring occurs through structured programs in which mentors and participants are selected and matched through formal and LESSON 34: MENTORING: PROCESS AND TYPES OF MENTORING informal processes such as interviews, personal profiles, comparative interest inventories and get-acquainted sessions. In cases where mentors and mentees choose each other, planned mentoring takes many forms of natural mentoring. Activity (6 minutes) Assume that you are a mentor to your junior in college. Now this mentee of yours has a problem with one faculty. Help him out. Note your suggestions. Historical Perspective Although it is only since the early 1970s that mentoring became a formal component of many development programs, the concept of experienced individuals handing down their wisdom to their young protégés is centuries old. Infact, the notion of Mentoring is ancient. The story is quite interesting!! The original Mentor is a character in Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey. When Odysseus, King of Ithaca went to fight in the Trojan War, he entrusted the care of kingdom to Mentor. Mentor served as the teacher and overseer of Odysseus’s son, Telemachus....
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2010 for the course HRM Managing P taught by Professor Fi during the Spring '10 term at Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design.

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