You have been thinking about a mentoring relationship for some time but have never actually taken the steps to make it happen...but Summer is here and NOW is the time! Why would Summer be any different and indeed better for starting a mentoring relationship? Well, I believe that there are 3 reasons:
#1 Work slows down (somewhat)
This may not be true for each and everyone, but in most jobs there comes the time when even the hardest working bosses and clients go on holidays! This leaves most people with a little more flexibility, time to plan and indeed think. That is when you can actually find a mentor, think about the people you may approach and how. It is also likely that those possible mentors will have a little more time to consider your request, meet to discuss and help you work through your objectives.
If they know they are away at some point over the summer months it is likely that they will make space in their diary before of after their travel as they can plan more accurately. In addition, corporate travel slows down, so unforeseen, last minute trips are rather less likely too!
#2 A positive mindset
Let's face it, we are rather more willing to make space for others and give back in the Summer, simply because our mindset is more positive when the sun shines and the living seems altogether easier!
A positive mindset will help both mentee and mentor in building rapport and finding a way of working together. Getting to know each other is easier when we can stroll in the park or grab a coffee in the sun rather than being forced to stay indoor within the constraints of a corporate office. So make the most of those balmy days and meet your mentor outdoor, not just for the first meeting but on a regular basis to stimulate conversation.
#3 Creative thinking
Who said that mentoring can only happen sitting down at a table? Because we can be outdoor, we can also chose different settings to meet and discuss. A park, a garden, a late opening museum, an outdoor event... Summer enables us to be creative with our mentoring locations and select different places that can stimulates our thinking and inspire great conversations. Not only we will get to know our mentor better, but we are likely to come up with different ideas due to the environment around us.
So, all considered, Summer is a great time to start a mentoring relationship.
By starting out with the best possible mindset and building a strong foundation for the relationship we are less likely to lose momentum or feel disheartened in those winter months when work is seriously hectic and the opportunity to focus on personal development decreases. Quite the opposite, we will have a tried and tested mentor by our side to encourage us and support us when the 'going gets tough!'
So go ahead, find that all helpful mentor now!
Alessandra is an experienced mentor, business coach, consultant and strategist. She supports individuals - especially women - and organisations in achieveing their potential through customised, outcome driven interventions . You can find out more about Alessandra here and contact her by email here.