American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

General Rules to Remember

"It is the second most important factor after education in determining a person's professional success."Source: Korn/Ferry International

Each mentee should be able to make progress toward meeting unique goals, and each mentor should be able to use his/her strengths. No two people will get the same benefits. S.T.E.P. 1:1 program participants have a structured monitoring and evaluation process. Every mentoring relationship, structured or informal; senior, peer, or team should abide by a few simple rules:

1. Confidentiality

If you want to build a trusting relationship with your mentee, it is critical that you maintain confidentiality. If the mentee gives you permission to share information, this is not an issue. You must remember that anything you are told in confidence cannot be shared.

2. No-Fault End of Relationship

It is rare that people want to end a relationship. Try to resolve concerns and conflicts early on, so problems that can derail your progress don't have a chance to fester. If you do have to end the relationship, be professional and discuss the termination. It may be slightly uncomfortable, but it is important to honor and respect each other.

For ASHA mentoring participants—If concerns cannot be resolved after talking to the Program Coordinator, the relationship will be ended.

3. Participation in Monitoring and Evaluation Process

Mentors and mentees should create simple benchmarks for evaluating the success of your mentoring relationship. Check in with each other, and don't assume that if things are working for you, everything is fine with your mentor/mentee.

For ASHA mentoring participants—It is critical that you respond to occasional surveys asking how the mentoring process is going. You will never be asked to share confidential information, but we want to ensure that the relationships are beneficial and are able to help with any issues that may arise. There will also be an evaluation survey at the end of the program.

Role of the Mentee and Mentor | Guidelines for Mentoring Success

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