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Part III: Seven Special Mentee Skills > Overcome the Awe Factor

Chapter 28. Overcome the Awe Factor

In many formal mentoring programs where mentees are selected and matched with mentors, some relationships are slow to get started. This seems especially true when mentors hold senior or highly-placed positions compared to the mentee.

It was discovered that in about four out of five such cases, the mentee showed reluctance to truly engage in the relationship. These mentees often failed to set developmental objectives for themselves, develop significant agenda items for the mentor/mentee meetings, or take any significant initiative during these sessions. Further, when the researchers probed, the mentees responded that they:


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