2. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself. Alan Alda . 3. Overview. What is a mentee? What is a mentor?What is the Magazine Mentoring Exchange (MME)?What are MME's goals
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1. MENTEE GUIDE
3. 3 Overview What is a mentee?
What is a mentor?
What is the Magazine Mentoring Exchange (MME)?
What are MME’s goals & objectives?
Why do I need a mentor?
What are my mentor’s responsibilities?
What are my responsibilities?
What do I have to do?
Is there anything I shouldn’t do?
What if I need help?
Frequently Asked Questions
4. 4 What is a Mentee? A mentee is one who seeks valuable advice and support from someone more experienced in order to grow personally and/or professionally.
Mentees are equal partners in the mentoring relationship. They play an active role in their own development by identifying their needs, making those needs specific and measurable, soliciting mentor support and actively listening to constructive feedback, and making effective use of the mentoring relationship to increase their own personal effectiveness and productivity.
Some mentees have quantitative and qualitative experience in a particular area but wish to make a transition into leadership or another line of business and may need additional coaching. In such cases, experienced mentees are eligible to be a mentor to their peers in the area they have the most expertise and a mentee in the area in which they seek guidance.
5. 5 What is a Mentor? A mentor is a coach, guide, counselor and trusted advisor.
S/he is willing to share his/her expertise to guide the development of another person and therefore should have considerable quantitative and qualitative experience to do so.
Mentors should have industry experience in one or more functional area of the magazine publishing business including but not limited to advertising sales, business management, consumer marketing, editorial, marketing, production and research.
A mentor can be of any level and rank but should have a minimum of three years industry-related experience.
Mentors share useful insight into the magazine industry’s cooperative culture; coach on a variety of topics from business knowledge to political savvy; provide support, positive and constructive feedback, and praise; and encourage mentees to meet their professional goals.
6. 6 About MME The Magazine Mentoring Exchange (MME):
Is a self-service, web-based mentoring and networking talent management program
Facilitates developmental relationships between more experienced magazine professionals with those less experienced
Provides social networking tools necessary to promote workforce interaction, collaboration, praise and recognition, just-in-time learning and self-expression
7. 7 Goals & Objectives To promote an effective tool in improving industrial retention and reducing turnover
To create strategic networking opportunities that will increase exposure to underrepresented segments of the magazine industry’s workforce
To ready the industry’s high potential employees, especially those of color, for leadership opportunity and/or career advancement
8. 8 The Benefits of Participation
9. 9 Why Do I Need A Mentor?
10. 10 What Are My Mentor’s Responsibilities? Share useful insight into the magazine industry’s culture
Coach on a variety of topics from business knowledge to political savvy to strategic networking
Provide support, positive and constructive feedback, and praise
Encourage mentees to meet their professional and personal goals/objectives
Be accessible and available
11. 11 What Are My Responsibilities?
12. 12 What Do I Have To Do?
15. 15 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Q. What if I don't feel comfortable with my mentor?
A. Not all relationships work out initially… even mentoring ones. Be patient. As with any relationship, it takes both you and your mentor to communicate openly and honestly about your goals, aspirations and the endeavors it will take to achieve them.
16. 16 Q. What if my mentor is not available enough for me?
You should begin by reviewing the parameters and see if they can work more effectively. The parameters of the relationship should be established at the first contact including:
preferred method of contact (i.e. in-person, e-mail, phone)
frequency (i.e. weekly, bi-weekly)
time schedule (i.e. during or after work hours)
amount of time you can devote (i.e. 30 mins, 1-2 hours)
Also, check yourself to be sure that you are being reasonable in terms of what you expect.
17. 17 Q. What if I don't agree with suggestions of my mentor?
A. Be your own person. You are in charge of your own future and should make your own decisions and take responsibility for the results. However it is always good to consider that others may have insight that you may not have. Weight the advice you receive against what you believe will enhance and enable you to develop and measure the intended results according to your needs and expectations.