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As each of us bMentoring as Gardeningegan our consulting career, whether that was two decades ago or last month, we found (mostly) wise people who took the time to give us advice, feedback and support. Now maybe we get those calls and requests for a “pick your brains” coffee from new consultants, or maybe you are the one making those calls.

So let’s talk about mentoring! We’ll consider it from both sides.

 

  • How do established consultants, who got help when they started out, pay it forward?
  • What outcome are we trying to create from a mentoring relationship?
  • What conditions need to be in place for us to take time to be a mentor or mentee?
  • What ethical values are we displaying when we take part in a mentoring relationship?
  • How can we use our limited time for mentoring most effectively?
  • Mentoring chartHow can those being mentored give back to their mentor?
  • How do we know when a mentoring relationship is a fit for the long term?
  • What does being part of a mentoring relationship make possible for our consulting practice? For our clients? For our communities?

This topic originated on the Nonprofit Consultants Facebook group. I hope those who were part of that discussion will bring their ideas to the chat.

Join us to share your insights and experience during this month’s NPCons Twitter chat on Tuesday, May 19th, at 1pm PT.

And please be kind to your colleagues and spread the word about the chat. Thanks!

 

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