July 17, 2009

Mentor - Protégé Meeting Feedback Form

The meetings are all about success for the Protégé. The mentor is there to serve the needs of the Protégé. To help your mentor meet your needs and to assure Continuous Improvement, a feedback loop is essential.

After each meeting, the Protégé has the opportunity to communicate to assure that the needs of the Protégé are being met, and how the mentor can improve.

Please do not hold back. Both of us want to see you succeed, and enjoy the process as much as possible.

Here is a sample feedback form:


Protégé name:
Date of meeting:

1. Overall score for the meeting: (1-10, 1=lowest; 10=highest) __

2. Considering the entire mentor - Protégé process, what comes to your mind as the most important suggestion for improvement, or problem, or complaint?

3. Other suggestions for improvement:

4. I feel that I am making progress with my goals.
(yes, no, don't know)

5. Other feedback:


Sample Agenda for Mentor - Protégé Meetings

The agenda for the meeting is created by the Protégé and emailed to the mentor at least 2 days before the meeting so that the mentor has time to review the agenda and prepare effectively for the meeting.

The agenda is an opportunity for the Protégé to think clearly and organize their thoughts into priority sequence and budget their time accordingly. Visualize how you want the meeting to progress and how much time each topic should take. This may present a challenge at first but you will get better as you become more familiar with the process.

Here's a simple sample agenda:


Protégé name:
Meeting Date:
Meeting Time:

Review progress since last meeting: (xx minutes)

New Topics to be discussed: (xx minutes)

Meeting Summary: (xx minutes)
1. what I learned in this meeting
2. who does what by when
3. reading assignments
4. etc.

Documents to be reviewed: (emailed at least 2 days prior to the meeting)


July 14, 2009

System for Effective Mentor - Protégé meetings

You can help our meetings go more effectively and efficiently if you:

Before our meetings:
1. Prepare an agenda for our time together.
Know what you want to cover, and prioritize your needs.
The more time you prepare for our meeting, the more you will get out of it.

2. Email documents, (agenda, reports, financial statements, business plans, etc)
at least 2 days before our meeting.
This allows enough time to review, make notes, and prepare questions.
Bring copies of all documents to our meeting.

3. Bring a notepad and pen. and make copious notes.

4. Visualize how you want our meeting to go.
Breathe, relax, and resolve to be open, honest, and complete.
Have positive expectations, drop defensiveness.

During our meetings:
1. Make notes during our meeting to be sure you get everything right.
Recording our session is perfectly acceptable, as long as it is
for your own personal use and will not be published, broadcast,
or shared in any other way.

2. Sometimes you may feel that I am talking longer than necessary,
and that you have fully got the point and want to move on to the
next topic. Just tell me. No problem.

After our meetings:
1 Take some quiet time to review your notes,
and then summarize the important action items we discussed,
and write your summary in an email to me so that we can be
sure there is a meeting of the minds.

2. Complete and email the meeting feedback form.
These are your meetings and this is the best way to be sure you get what you need.

1. Thank you for: No smoking, no alcohol, no drugs, no guests, no pets, no food, no gifts.

July 3, 2009

Connecting the dots

some thoughts about

humble beginnings,
great success,
the public humiliation of failure,
starting over,
the meaning of life, and death,
and connecting the dots,

(all in less than 15 minutes,
from a man who has achieved greatly)