How to get the most out of a Mentoring relationship

News Date: 
June 5, 2016

At SageFlow, we believe that everyone deserves a great mentoring relationship. This is why we now offer the opportunity for free to everyone who wants to be a mentor or a mentee as part of our core offering, through our Open Mentoring Network

A lot of people who are interested in having this experience unfortunately never do. The main reasons for this are plenty fold:

  • The opportunity has never been offered to you in your professional environment
  • There has never been a decent platform where you can find the right mentor and manage the relationship online
  • There are no clear guidelines as to how to go about this in the most effective manner
  • They do not really know what it is all about... (if you have not heard of mentoring before, I would recommend you to read our previous publicationfirst)

Thanks to the database and platform functionalities SageFlow has developed, this has all changed. Let me provide you with some initial guidelines on how you can make this happen for yourself and get the most rewarding experience you are hoping for. 

Who is the right Mentor for me?

Before you are able to select the right mentor, you need to ask yourself what it is that you are looking for in a mentoring relationship and even more importantly, what it is that will help you grow the most as an individual or as a professional. If you cannot answer these questions clearly, how can anyone else add value to your personal development & growth? 

Once you know what you are looking for, ask yourself the following question: "Who is the best placed person to help me with this?"

Sometimes, the answer is your spouse, your parents, your direct boss, etc. Even if this is the case, it does not exclude you from having a mentor who can also help you with this. The trick is to find a small and manageable number of people who have the right experience and are willing and vested in your personal growth, as much as you are. 

Once you have answered all the questions mentioned above, you are ready to go to the next step:

Finding the right Mentor

Think about the people you know, either directly or indirectly, who have the experience and knowledge you are looking for. If you already have a personal relationship with this individual, reach out and have an introductory conversation to outline your intentions and aspirations. Ensure that you include the benefits you expect to get out of the relationship but even more importantly, mention the benefits you believe the other party will get out of the mentoring relationship as well. 

If you know the type of mentor you are looking for but do not have a relationship with someone like that, you can search for possible matches on our Open Mentoring Network, once you have registered yourself. As soon as you have found a suitable match, reach out to him/her by following the same principle as outlined above.

Once you are both on the same page, you can register yourselves or start your relationship via the Open Mentoring Network and manage your entire relationship from one convenient place. 

In these modern times, it is not absolutely critical anymore to meet in person, even though we still recommend this as the most effective way to develop your relationship and discuss your goals and aspirations. The opportunity to do so obviously depends on the location proximity to your mentor. The SageFlow platform supports any type of mentoring engagement and provides the opportunity to keep track of your mentoring progress, both on and off the platform. 

In the next publication, we will outline how you start the actual engagement & how to get the most out of the relationship, both as a mentor and as a mentee, 
so stay tuned...

Until then, feel free to browse our brand new website or share this article with your networks.

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