Model of a complete mentor role includes: Relationship Dimension (Trust), Confrontive Dimension (Challenge), Mentor Model Dimension (Motivation), Employee Vision Dimension (Initiative), Facilitative Dimension (Alternatives), Informative Dimension (Advice).

 From Norman H. Cohen (2003) for Using Reflective Practices in a Virtual Mentoring Office

The image above is an example of how a formal mentoring experience might be structured with specific behaviors expected from both the mentor and mentee. In a virtual mentoring office the mentee, through reflective practice, has the opportunity engage in similar behaviors.



As you read the following 5 statements based on Cohen’s (2003)¬†characteristics of an informed mentee, rate yourself on your ability to take part in reflective practices in a virtual mentoring environment.

1. Relationship (Trust)

I am ready to reflect on my experiences and write detailed explanations.

2. Informative (Advice)

I am ready to review facts and analyze records about my career or education plans and progress reviewing.

3. Facilitative (Alternative)

I am ready to explores and reflect on my interests and abilities while exploring decisions about training and education. I am also willing to explore a variety of options and views.

4. Confrontive (Challenge)

I am ready to evaluate my own need and capacity to change and ready to use reflective journaling to gain insight into counterproductive strategies or behaviors, reflect on initiatives and examine my own goals and approaches.

5. Mentee Vision (Initiative)

I am ready to think critically about my career future, initiate change and negotiate transitions, as well as respectfully reflect on my own abilities and dreams, visualize my own future, and examine my ideas and feelings.

Review your responses. What does this reveal to you? Jot down new insights in a few paragraphs in your journal.