Making the most of mentorship: the importance of trackability

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Efficient mentorship programs need to incorporate a few different elements to ensure that they are beneficial for both mentor and mentoree. Usually, these will fit under having specific goals which can be meaningfully or numerically measured, are achievable, action-oriented and realistic. In addition to this, goals need to be trackable.

Trackable vs Measurable

Trackable and measurable can often be mistaken as the same thing, but with mentorship they have crucial differences. A goal which is measurable relates to having a unit by which you can measure your progress against a goal. Not only does this help you create a goal which is achievable, but it provides you with a basis for a framework to break down goals into smaller tasks which will help you to get there. A trackable goal differs from this: you are tracking the progress of your goal in relation to your business as opposed to your progress towards meeting a goal.

Setting goals

Mentorship is essential in helping you to set these goals, as mentors and mentorees alike will be able to offer their personal perspectives on aims based on their experiences and creativity. Furthermore, mentorship will help you to measure and track your goals, as it allows you a fresh perspective, helps you work on any obstacles which you encounter and along the way and helps you keep the bigger picture in sight rather than getting bogged down by details.

But in addition to ensuring your success against your goals, it’s also important that your mentoring relationship is trackable. In the same way that you and your mentor or mentoree can create business goals and steps to achieving them, it’s important to set milestones and aims for your relationship as well. When entering a mentoring relationship, both parties need to have dedicated time and energy to defining what they want to get from the relationship, and what steps they think they need to take to reach those targets. Both parties should also clarify with one another their aims within the mentoring relationship, and keep communication channels open so that there is a mutual understanding of what you are both gaining from the relationship.

Achieving goals

When it comes to tracking your mentoring relationship, it’s important to create measurable business goals and a way to track the progress of those goals within your long-term vision in the same way that you have for your company. Ensuring that you have not only measurable targets that can be achieved on a step-by-step basis for your mentorship will help you progress; however, it’s equally important to guarantee that the relationship remains helpful to both parties by establishing a long-term strategy and markers to ensure your mentoring relationship remains mutually helpful.

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