12 Habits of the Toxic Mentee
A light-hearted look at how not to be a mentee!
- Bring to the first formal meeting a long shopping list of things you want the mentor to do for you.
- Expect the mentor to be available for you, whenever you want them (heroes never need sleep!).
- Regard the mentor as your prime source of gossip to pass on.
- Expect the mentor always to have the answer – that’s why they are more senior.
- Expect the mentor to decide when to meet and what to talk about.
- Boast about the relationship to your colleagues at every opportunity.
- Never challenge what the mentor says – s/he is paid to know best.
- Blame the mentor whenever advice doesn’t work out – s/he should have known better.
- Treat mentoring sessions as mobile – the easiest item in the diary to move at the last minute.
- Enjoy the opportunity to have a good moan or whinge, whenever you meet – especially if no-one else will listen to you.
- Make it clear to the mentor that you want to be just like them – adopt their style of speaking, dress and posture.
- Never commit to doing anything as a result of the mentoring session. If, by accident, you do, simply forget to follow the commitment up. (Why spoil the fun of discussion with outcomes?)
© Used with the permission of David Clutterbuck