Marcy has been asked to be a mentor. "What initial steps should I take to ensure we get started right?"
You are wise to be concerned. First steps set the stage for the entire relationship.
Ask for a description of goals. What is expected of you? Discuss logistics such as when, where and how long to meet.
Above all, agree on responsibilities. In most cases, it is the responsibility of the protege to schedule meetings, report progress and ask for feedback or advice. It is your responsibility to be on time and prepared.
Mentoring is a great opportunity to help others while practicing important leadership skills.
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