Mentoring—setting goals
Mentoring—setting goals

The following In-House Advisor guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Mentoring—setting goals
  • Long- and short-term mentoring goals
  • The four Ps of goal setting
  • Milestones
  • How will you know when you are done?

Learning from more experienced colleagues is one of the best ways to develop skills and careers. Mentors can help you make sense of complex issues that you are likely to face as your career develops and being a mentor can help you develop leadership and people skills. This Practice Note is designed to help and support those involved in the mentoring process, be that as a mentor or mentee, and will provide practical and pragmatic tips for success.

When you embark on a mentoring relationship, it is important that you set appropriate goals to avoid sessions turning into 'tea and sympathy' sessions. Goals can be long or short term and can flex and change along the way as the sessions evolve. This Practice Note will provide guidance on:

  1. setting long- and short-term goals

  2. the four Ps of goal setting

  3. identifying (and celebrating) milestones along the way

  4. knowing what to do at the end of the mentoring relationship

For background guidance on what mentoring is and how it can benefit mentors and mentees, see Practice Note: Mentoring for in-house lawyers.

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?

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