A younger coworker has asked me to be her mentor. I'm flattered and excited to do it, but I don't completely know where to start. I've never been a mentor before, and I've never had a great mentor. When I looked for help online, I got vague, unhelpful, and not at all actionable suggestions. It was things like "be credible" and "be interested". One even said not to curse at the person and call them worthless (I'm not sure why this doesn't go without saying). At Manager Tools, I've gotten used to recommendations I can immediately put into action, so the lack of good advice has me a little irritated. Does anyone have any tips on making this a helpful thing for both her and I?
I'm looking for suggestions on some of the basics, like:
1. How often do we meet? The mentoring podcast suggested quarterly, but we work closely together anyway, so more frequently wouldn't be challenging from a scheduling point of view.
2. What should be the agenda for meetings? I'm mostly expecting her to take the lead on that, but I feel like I should prepare something.
3. What kind of things should I suggest she work on? I was thinking about using something like the Coaching Model.