Mentoring Agreements and Coaching Plans

Establishing Ground Rules for a Successful Partnership

Mentoring Agreements and Coaching Plans

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Use mentoring and coaching to help your team members to grow and flourish.

Mac is struggling. He's three months into his mentoring program with Jenna, a senior VP in marketing, but he still isn't clear about what progress he has made. What's more, his goals are shifting with every session. He also feels that Jenna sees the process as a waste of her time.

The two things that Mac needs above all else are a mentoring agreement and a coaching plan.

Finding a mentor who can make a difference to your career isn't as simple as approaching a colleague and asking for help. To be effective, a mentoring relationship needs to be properly structured, so that both the mentor and you, the mentee (the person receiving mentoring), understand the requirements of the process.

In this article, we explore how you can set the ground rules for effective mentoring, and how to put a goal-centered coaching plan into effect.


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Comments (3)
  • Over a month ago BillT wrote
    Hi mikaylamu,

    You raise a good point around the distinction of mentoring versus coaching. A mentoring relationship is generally established for a long term goal, whereas coaching can be used for short term knowledge building.

    Great question, and thank you for your comment.

    Mind Tools Team
  • Over a month ago mikaylamu wrote
    i note you use the terms mentor responsibilities and mentee responsibilities in the coaching template, kindly guide, won't coachee- coach terms make things clearer and we leave terms mentor-mentee within the mentoring agreement
  • Over a month ago Yolande wrote
    These are two great templates! Mentoring/coaching is really the way to go, rather than the old-fashioned "performance appraisal."
    I've found that in a coaching process, it invariably happens that the coachee ends up learning much more than just the agreed "lessons."
    It's also better correct a problem or address an issue sooner rather than later. The longer you leave it, the more difficult it becomes to correct it. If a person has been in a bad habit for a long time, there's also a bigger chance of them slipping back into that habit over time.