LexisNexis In-house Mentoring Newsletter – getting started as a mentee/mentor

LexisNexis In-house Mentoring Newsletter – getting started as a mentee/mentor

Knowledge Management and Personal Development are hot topics for most organisations and mentoring is a great way to combine the two. Through external mentoring schemes, such as the one run by LexisNexis, you can share knowledge and gain new ideas and perspectives from different industries.

This year we will be publishing a series of newsletters designed to help and support those involved in the mentoring process – be that as a mentor or mentee an experienced practitioner or a new recruit. Each quarter we’ll look at a range of different topics and offer practical and pragmatic tips for success.

In this issue we cover:

  • Mentoring goals – setting long and short term goals
  • Understanding different learning styles
  • For mentors – what skills and experience do you need
  • For mentees – do I really need a mentor

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Long and short term mentoring goals

We may enter the mentoring relationship with the idea that one day we want to make it to Senior Counsel, but that goal is a long way off, so how do we break it down into manageable chunks? Simple – start at the end and work backwards, identifying each step along the way and the skills you’ll need at each level. Keep working back until you reach where you are now, then flip the “map” around and start working forwards - using the “map” to set your goals for each stage of the journey.

Be sure to celebrate smaller milestones along the way – don’t just wait until you’ve achieved something big before your celebrate. If one of your goals was to improve your negotiating skills you don’t need to wait until you’ve completed a multi-million pound deal to celebrate – celebrate the small wins – that time you negotiated with your boss to get your point of view across or the time you persuaded a difficult client to follow your advice.

For some of us the goals we have may be difficult to quantify, for example: “I want to be more confident”. By crystallising these into something more tangible will help enormously when trying to achieve them. You can do this by answering the following questions:

  • In what situation do you want to be more confident?
  • What would “confident” look like and how would it be different to what happens now?
  • In what situations do you currently behave confidently?
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About the author:
Sophie Gould is the Head of Lexis®PSL In-house. Sophie worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including seven years as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group. She has also run a legal risk and compliance training business.


Since joining LexisNexis in 2009 Sophie has worked on developing our legal and business content for the in-house legal community.  She also runs various networking and mentoring groups for in-house lawyers and works with schools to promote social mobility within the legal profession.