Goal Setting Conversations

Setting the Stage for Success

Mentoring is a powerful, personalized learning design. Yet the dynamics of mentoring relationships are complex. When there is a misalignment of expectations significant challenges can arise.

Engaging in collaborative goal setting conversations at the outset of any mentoring relationship helps to set the stage for success. Two potentially powerful outcomes of these learning focused conversations are:

  • Building relational trust
  • Clarifying roles and expectations
Practical Ideas

Building Relational Trust

Being “present” by applying the elements of effective listening is at the core of building trust and rapport in any relationship.

Clarifying Roles and Expectations

Position yourself as a co-learner by sharing your own learning goals for the mentoring relationship. Mentoring relationships that flourish are reciprocal – all parties learn and grow.

Possible Goal Setting Conversation Questions for Mentoring Teams

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