Sunday, December 22, 2013


In the last byte, we began the discussion on the mentoring function of a supervisor. In today's byte, we look at Mentoring to a greater depth.

To begin with let us define mentoring - mentoring is a work relationship that encourages development and career enhancement for people moving through the career cycle. [In the context of organizational behavior we shall limit it to only this definition]

We could look at mentoring to process two distinct dimensions - a career related dimension and the other a psychological dimension. The career related dimension is called coaching and the psychological dimension is called counseling.

If one is to observe the process of mentoring closely, we could see it move through 4 distinct phases:

  1. Initiation
  2. Cultivation
  3. Separation
  4. Redefinition
We shall continue the discussion on mentoring in the next byte too...

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