This framework is meant to provide a consistent structure for the WIT Align mentorship approach. It is crafted to help mentees understand what to expect, and to help mentors progress the relationship through a 12-week timeline. The suggested time frame is just a recommendation- only the mentor and mentee will know how much time needs to be spent in each phase. The important thing is to remember that the mentorship is just as much about the journey as it is about helping the mentee meet their goals.
Phase 1: Onboarding & Discovery
This phase is about getting to know each other and building trust. Time is dedicated to establishing the relationship, and understanding each others’ past journeys and experiences. It is important to create a foundation for the relationship so that the mentors and mentees feel comfortable sharing feedback and that there is a safe space where coaching and honest conversations can take place.
Duration: 2 weeks
Phase 2: Alignment and Setting Goals
This phase is about getting down to business and understanding what the mentee would like to get out of the mentorship. You will agree on what you want to focus your time together on.
Align on your expectations and purpose for participating in this mentorship program. Set S.M.A.R.T goals on Vision Board to achieve during this period.
Duration: 2 Week
Phase 3: Coaching and Driving results
This phase is about helping the mentee work through their goals. The mentor and mentee should be aligned on what it means to ‘get there’ and what success looks like for a beneficial mentorship. Mentors and mentees should explore together the mentees strengths and weaknesses, and obstacles in working toward the mentee’s goals. The mentor will serve as the ‘light’ a mentee can follow- this should happen through guided conversations, strategic and thought-provoking questioning and suggested actions the mentee should take.
Duration: 6-7 weeks
Phase 4: Retrospective & Closure
This phase is brief but necessary. Either you will be celebrating goals met with the mentee, or perhaps making a future plan for the mentee to continue to work toward them. You should not see this phase as an ultimate ‘due date’ or deadline, but more of a reflection point. The value of this phase is helping the mentee to determine ‘what’s next’ and where do they go from here? The mentor also has a chance to learn and grow with feedback from the mentee. This phase does not mean the story ends, but it should mark the closing of a milestone or chapter in the mentee’s journey. This will be unique for each mentor/mentee relationship.
Duration: 1-2 Weeks