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Part IV: Building a Productive Relationship > Establishing the Ground Rules

Chapter 35. Establishing the Ground Rules

Many formal mentoring programs operate under specific guidelines, which might include any or all of the following:

The relationship is voluntary (freely accepting the obligation or opportunities cuts out resentment or pressure)

Mentor/mentee should not be in the same chain of command

The supervisor of both the mentor and mentee must approve, if his or her “direct reports” are to be in a formal or organizationally sponsored relationship

A mentor’s guidance and counsel never supersedes that of the mentee’s supervisor in matters that are the supervisor’s responsibility

Mentors and mentees must attend mentoring-related training

The mentor/mentee partners mutually develop a mentoring agreement and adhere to it

Both partners are expected to be actively involved in the process

That there is a “no-fault divorce provision” where either party can end the relationship any time, for any reason (or no reason)


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