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The Pocket Mentor - Mentor Version

QUALITIES OF THE MENTOR:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organizational knowledge (in the Pocket Mentor)
  • Professional knowledge
  • Status in the profession
  • Willing to assist in another's growth

BENEFITS FOR THE MENTOR:

  • Satisfaction of helping
  • Network of former mentees
  • Become part of an expanded network of colleagues
  • Rejuvenation
  • Someone will "sing your praises"

COMMON CHARACTERISTICS/SKILLS:

  • Self-confident
  • Inspirational
  • Supportive
  • Competent
  • Friendly, respectful of mentee's goals
  • Honest
  • Good listener
  • Motivates well
  • Empathizes well
  • Is accessible
  • Builds relationships
  • Promotes professional growth

MENTORING ROLES AND FUNCTIONS:

Teacher and Coach-

Caregiver-

Examplar-

  • Sponsor and Broker-
  • Identify resources for career advancement
  • Advise on career options and routes
  • Introduce to contacts at meetings
  • Open doors
  • Teach the ropes
  • Help develop professional growth plans
  • Identify resources to improve exposure
  • Share own personal experiences/stories
  • Provide a forum for exploring personal/professional dilemmas
  • Exhibit qualities of listening, trust and rapport
  • Provide friendship
  • Validate other's self-worth
  • Serve as a confidant
  • Demonstrate valued behavior, attitudes/skills
  • Demonstrate a clear professional identity
  • Exhibit personal and professional confidence
  • Demonstrate a personal vision of growth and change
  • Practice teamwork where applicable

SUGGESTED MENTOR CONTACT SCHEDULE AND METHODS

It is recommended that you contact your mentee at least three-four times per year. Contact can be made via:

  • Email
  • Phone
  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Visit mentor's office
  • Meet at national/state/regional meetings
  • Meet at national ACOI Convention

MENTOR REPORT FORM (Quarterly)

Mentor Application

To become an ACOI Mentor, download* and complete the Mentor application form and fax it to ACOI at 301 656-7133, or provide the requested information in an email to Brian J. Donadio, Executive Director.

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