Here is a valuable mentoring tip:
- Those who do not establish a schedule early in their relationship are more likely to fizzle out later, and
- Motivation fades rapidly when mentoring conversations lack purpose.
If you want your mentoring partnerships to succeed you need to establish a rhythm of regular, purposeful contact. You need to maintain the momentum and motivation with prompt meaningful conversations, not a random chat.
We invite you to check out the online Introduction to Mentoring to discover what the program is about and how it can help you.
“There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.” — George Matthew Adams
The USGS Mentoring Program is a tool that provides cost-effective training and development to all participants, encouraging professional and personal growth. It is an effective form of training with a personal side that provides unique benefits to both mentoring partners.
The USGS Mentoring program gives participants the gift of growing, supporting informed risk-taking so that participants can reach their potential and often exceed their expectations. Participants not only build skills, but confidence and leadership as well. They leave this program prepared for the opportunity to lead well, manage wisely, and keep the USGS on the forefront of excellent science.