Seeking EE Guidance? Looking to Impart EE Wisdom?
The WAEE Mentorship Program seeks to connect experienced Environmental Educators with those new to the field, or simply seeking advice on where to go next. As the program has found it’s legs since it began several years ago, it has grown and adapted as it attempts to best serve those who want to participate. Lately, I’ve been inspired to seek information on how to make the program even better. I stumbled upon this article about mentorship. Although it’s written for the business world, I found it relevant to almost anyone seeking to get or give advice in their field.
For current participants, I challenge you to read this article and choose one of the mentoring “ingredients” that you and your and your mentor or mentee do really well, and one you’d like to improve this year. It’s resolution time, right?
For those interested in the program, you can sign up at the upcoming Winter Workshop, or if you can’t make it, you can send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you matched with a mentor or mentee as soon as we can!
Here are the main points from the article linked above:
Four Ingredients for Successful Mentoring Relationships
1. Clear Expectations. The initial meeting should include a discussion of goals and responsibilities, says Straus, including things such as time commitments, accountability and intellectual property.
2. Mutual Respect. Straus says mentors and mentees need to respect each other’s time, effort and qualifications.
3. Reciprocity. Straus says mentoring should be bi-directional and include strategies that make the relationship mutually rewarding.
4. Shared Values. Straus says mentors and mentees should share interests and values, which will establish a common ground.