Purposeful talent development: Maximizing your mentor relationship

3 tips for establishing open, honest dialogue that will be beneficial to both parties.

Have you ever had or been a mentor? If not, you are missing out. Regardless of your experience or whether your organization offers a program, this is a relationship you should seek.

No one is too good to have a mentor, and all of us can build on our current abilities. Plus, we all have knowledge and skills to offer. Building a mentor relationship—whether formal or informal—empowers those involved to develop.

As CUES President/CEO John Pembroke writes in the CUES Guide to Effective Mentorship (a benefit of membership), “mentees get value in a mentorship … however, in the best mentoring relationships, mentors get value as well.” Regardless of your role, your mentoring effort will be enhanced by implementing the tips below.


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