When your mentee asks you for your thoughts or advice, how do you respond?
Imagine you two are meeting at your regular spot, maybe your office during lunch, a coffee shop over the weekend, or (for those long-distance relationships) over the phone. Your mentee goes on describing a recent challenge they are facing and expresses that they are not sure what to do about it. Or maybe they describe a recently discovered leadership or skill gap and are trying to set a goal to address it. In either case, they end by asking for your advice. How do you respond?
For one, you can simply give advice. That’s why you’re their mentor, right?
Or you can guide the conversation to coach them through the issue, using questions to encourage their own self-discovery of what to do, rather than simply telling them what to do.
Or maybe you can just tell a story.More