Mastering Mutual Mentorship

3 Skills for Mastering Mutual Mentorship

Mentorship is a seemingly simple concept. Get some help from someone more experienced than you. So why do we bother teaching a class on it? Because, like anything else, it’s a skill to mentor and be mentored. And if we can learn that skill it can be a real gift, both to give and receive.

But first of all you’ve got to know what you’re looking for. Is it a handout or real help? Do you want answers or are you really looking to learn? For those looking to learn and build not just knowledge but skills for self sufficiency and mastery, mentoring can be a mutually rewarding gift.

Think of the process of being mentored as a game of chess. You can easily ask for the next move, but wouldn’t you rather learn to master the game?

See the presentation and below to learn 3 skills to get you going…

We will also be posting updates as this class is being repeated and iterated this semester for Harvard. Please signup here to be notified or follow @mjskok on twitter for notifications and updates.

In the meantime maybe you’ve had a valuable mentorship experience you can share with us too? Please share your thoughts and feedback on how to improve mentorship in the comments below.

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  • Simon Parry

    Great practitioner workshop. I was expecting a bit of Maslow, why do mentors want to mentor although the discussion doesn’t quite touch on the extrinsic nature of mentoring. Coming from a corporate and into a start-up i’m now asking the question, “Who would I receive a gift from”. I don’t really know enough people to pinpoint who i’d ask. I really liked the questions, “how should I think about this problem” or “what is the most important question in ….”, I took that home especially from Paula in Value Proposition as I spend a lot of time on minutia like forex hedging, recruitment consultants and other attention lobbyists.

  • Hung Trinh

    I want to share something that you could try in building a relationship via email.

    – Tell them why you need their help
    – Reconnect with them and tell them how you applied their advice. You can use this opportunity
    to teach them something as well. Tell them how you molded their advice or why some didn’t fit.

    – Ask them if they know someone who would like to help you
    – Don’t be afraid to ask, but also expect that this is not easy