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Part IV: Building a Productive Relations... > Getting Started in the Relationship

Chapter 34. Getting Started in the Relationship

Mentoring, like many important relationships, needs to get off to a good beginning.

Step 1: Communicate to your mentor what you hope to get from the relationship. If you are engaged in a formal relationship where management has set the objectives for the program, you may personally want to stress those objectives which are most important to you.
Step 2: Ask your mentor what he or she thinks are his or her strongest suits. Explore similarities between the mentor’s strengths and your needs or wants.
Step 3: If you have no especially pressing needs to express or discuss, relax and enjoy the experience. Learn all that you can and look for opportunities to use what your mentor offers.
Step 4: If you find the relationship productive, you may want to continue it after the program is over. Though the mentor’s formal help may no longer be needed, occasional contact may be helpful if you need someone to listen as you talk through a decision you may have to make.



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