The Art of Becoming a Better Mentor and Mentee - Small Group Discussion
Part of workshop on mentoring lead by Donna Dean, executive consultant for Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and retired senior federal executive for the National Institutes of Health, and Cynthia Simpson, the chief business development officer for AWIS. The workshop was tailored to a community of both women and men and faculty, staff and students.
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[00:00:00.610]All right, here we go, interactive small group discussion.
[00:00:03.119]This is where we like you to break out into groups of
[00:00:05.871]probably three or four.
[00:00:08.388]Self-form, we're not going to put you into two pairs.
[00:00:11.700]You can self-form.
[00:00:13.741]Write five words that characterize
[00:00:16.016]your thoughts about mentoring.
[00:00:17.570]We provided you with a handout.
[00:00:19.944]Just five words that come to top of mind
[00:00:22.481]as it relates to mentoring, what those are
[00:00:25.267]and then if you could discuss those with your group.
[00:00:29.048]And at the end, we'll have a sharing of information.
[00:00:32.206]We'll record the words that you've talked about
[00:00:35.696]and then we will continue on.
[00:00:38.294]So we'll give you a couple minutes to discuss
[00:00:40.701]five words that characterize your thoughts about mentoring
[00:00:44.583]and then we will have time for conversation and discussion.
[00:00:50.064]So if you could turn around and chat with them,
[00:00:52.196]the three of you, great.
[00:00:56.495]Middle of the first page, yeah, middle of the first page.
[00:01:21.805]We'd like to hear from each group,
[00:01:23.421]just one word that you wrote down that
[00:01:26.518]characterizes your thoughts about mentoring.
[00:01:28.638]We'll start with this group here.
[00:01:30.656]You could just shout it out.
[00:01:33.473]One of my words was compromise.
[00:01:35.455]Compromise, all right.
[00:01:41.320]The group next.
[00:01:44.436]We had guidance.
[00:01:46.985]Guidance, all right, guidance is good.
[00:01:50.869]This group here.
[00:01:56.664]Rewarding, rewarding, very good.
[00:02:00.052]We absolutely hope your mentoring
[00:02:01.327]relationships from both the mentor
[00:02:03.112]and mentee standpoints are rewarding.
[00:02:07.828][Male Participant] We went with teaching.
[00:02:09.407]Teaching, all right, teaching.
[00:02:15.901]Very good, the group behind.
[00:02:19.304]Trust, excellent, without trust,
[00:02:23.646]you don't really have a mentoring relationship.
[00:02:27.041]This group here.
[00:02:29.459][Male Participant] Understanding.
[00:02:33.446]we'll be talking about that.
[00:02:35.192]It's very important as well.
[00:02:38.322]And this group here, yes?
[00:02:40.834][Male Participant] (mumbles)
[00:02:45.390]Oh, I'm going to be recording
[00:02:46.991]all of this and sending it back out to the university.
[00:02:50.872]Yes, right, right, yes, exactly
[00:02:53.414]because of the glare from the light, yeah, thank you.
[00:03:00.529]Inspiration, all right.
[00:03:04.166]Yes, thank you for letting us know.
[00:03:07.079]I am going to be writing all this up in the form of an
[00:03:10.576]executive summary that I'll distribute back
[00:03:13.184]to the university, to Mary, and then she in turn
[00:03:17.660]will distribute it back to everyone
[00:03:19.345]who has signed up for this session today
[00:03:22.205]so you'll have these for your notes.
[00:03:24.951]Do you wanna see if there are other words?
[00:03:27.201]Any other words?
[00:03:28.229]Last minute last words, yes?
[00:03:30.664]Encourage, all right.
[00:03:33.144]We have a nice assortment here, encourage.
[00:03:38.216]Anyone else, yes?
[00:03:40.057][Female Participant] Available.
[00:03:40.890]Available, we'll be talking about that too.
[00:03:48.371][Male Participant] How about advocate?
[00:03:49.674]Advocate, very good.
[00:03:54.829]We'll be talking about that more
[00:03:56.291]in terms of the context of sponsorship,
[00:03:58.758]but advocate certainly is important.
[00:04:05.426]Flexible, flexible and I heard challenge.
[00:04:12.642]We have a nice assortment of words here.
[00:04:16.254]Good, all right, thank you very much.
[00:04:18.707]I'm going to turn it over to Donna
[00:04:19.878]so she can do the next section here.
[00:04:21.363]I don't need it, I have one.
[00:04:26.156]We could come up with a whole lot more words
[00:04:29.720]that relate to mentoring and the idea is to just get you
[00:04:32.940]to think about, as we did, a number of aspects of mentoring
[00:04:38.068]that you can think about
[00:04:39.711]and hopefully add to as we go through the workshop
[00:04:43.143]so that you can facilitate other words,
[00:04:46.481]but you said encourage, compromise, available, guidance,
[00:04:49.462]rewarding, advocate, teaching, flexible, trust,
[00:04:52.791]challenging, understanding, inspiration.
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