Appreciative Inquiry Emerging Themes of Success from Ontario Mentors

Appreciative Inquiry "at a glance"

In our work with mentors across Ontario we have engaged in an Appreciative Inquiry process where mentors have shared their most meaningful experiences.

Below you'll see illustrative examples of themes of success shared by your colleagues. They highlight the importance of being authentic, flexible and growth oriented in our approach to mentorship.

Attributes of Meaningful Mentoring Relationships - Reflections from Ontario Mentors
  • Setting aside and being "present" in the moment
  • Seeking out the strengths and “gifts” our colleagues bring
  • Providing a safe space for discovery and sharing of mistakes (aka learning opportunities)
  • Being aware of the importance of sense of care, trust in the relationship
  • Remembering that a few words at an opportune time can make a huge difference
  • Sharing authentic JOY!
  • Acting as a resource rather than being the expert
  • Collaborating to problem solve
  • Thinking beyond 1 to 1 matching to help colleagues build a mentoring web
  • Demonstrating flexibility of stance and role (3C's) based on needs
  • Opening our minds (and hearts) to different approaches and acknowledging the complexity and messiness of learning
Growth Oriented
  • Engaging in reciprocal learning
  • Using scaling questions as a protocol for debriefing and “checking in”
  • Being a model ourselves by walking the talk and following through
  • Deliberately "marinating" what's working well
  • Letting go of “mentor guilt" - and continuing to connect with colleagues who bring us joy, strength, passion and hope

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