Monday, May 25, 2015

Module 2 (Topic 1): Mentoring conversations

Topic 1: Virtual mentoring roles
Ma whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi
With red and black the work will be complete
 (When we co-operate the work is completed)

Many roles are required in the mentoring journey:
·      role model
·      champion
·      cheerleader
·      leader
·      guide
·      adviser
·      counsellor
·      coach 
·      sponsor 
·      protector 
·      preceptor
Mentees must be given a voice.  My role as a mentor may vary frequently depending on the situation, time, and challenge.  I can support by encouraging my mentee to hold a mirror to their practice.

Steps in the mentoring model:
·      Listen without interruption
·      Invite more information
·      Summarise/paraphrase
·      Check
·      Follow where your mentee goes
·      Move to possibility and action
·      Systemic connection
·      Specific action and timeline…

Working through this module requires us to think of qualities of someone who has been or is of significant support in my life.  I have chosen to reflect on a friend who is always there, supporting me in my various family, work, life balance roles.  I am extremely grateful for this support!

Qualities of my significant supporter:
·      listener;
·      challenger;
·      calmer;
·      provoker;
·      supporter;
·      reassure;
·      honest reflector;
·      realist;
·      positivist;
·      friend.

Western roles of a mentor can be described as follows:
·      directive,
·      non-directive,
·      nurturing and
·      stretching.

Placing a cultural lens on mentoring roles allows for Pasifika terms:
·      Directive - Fa'a tonu
·      Guiding - Ta'ita'i
·      Exploring - Iloilo / Su'e su'e
·      Supporting - Lagolago
·      Challenging - Lu'i tau
·      Catalysing - Fa'atupa manatu

The role of questioning is critical in our mentoring role:
·      Investigator (knowledge): Who, what, when, where, why, how . . . ? Could you please describe . . . ? 
·      Guide (comprehension): Would I be right in thinking...? What did you understand from...?” 
·      Mentor (application): How do you feel X is an example of Y?; How would you say that X is related to Y?; Why do you feel that X is significant in your context? 
·      Coach (analysis): What are the identifiable aspects of . . . ? Would you classify X according to Y? 
·      Investigator (synthesis): What are your thoughts around solutions for . . . ? What would you infer from . . . ? What are your additional reactions to . . . ? How might you go about designing a new . . . ? What could happen if you added . . . ?  
·      Advisor (evaluation): What do you about trying . . . ? What is the most important outcome for.. . ? Which would you say are the highest priority for . . . ? What would help you decide to . . . ?
DVM Module 2:1

McKenzie's Questioning Toolkit 17 types of question are listed
Active listening involves comprehending, retaining and responding.

The more time I spend with the DVM modules, the more enthralled I become.  Like anything, the more you read and do, the more you realize how much there is to read and learn, the more I want to read and learn. 

As mentoring increasingly becomes our way of supporting Principals and e-leaders, I am grabbing any opportunity available to grow myself in this role. 

I have just started reading the book  “A more beautiful question” which is challenging me and growing me in my curiosity… but that is another post, another read, another day…

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