PMIWDC Mentor/Protégé Program - WHAT IS MENTORING

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Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information, and perspective to foster personal and professional growth of someone else. PMIWDC PMP professionals volunteer as mentors to assist in the professional development of PMIWDC members that seek to enhance their program management knowledge and skills. 

The three components of a mentor protégé relationship are:

  • Protégé
  • Mentor
  • Mentor/Protégé relationship


Role of the Protégé:

The role of the protégé in a one-on-one relationship is to prepare and share with a mentor a set of goals and objectives he/she hopes to develop as a result of the relationship. The protégé will make a commitment to the mentor to work through these goals and objectives.  Considering this is a voluntary arrangement, respecting the limits of the mentor’s time and attention is important.  A protégé must be willing to accept the suggestions and advice of the mentor.

Protégé Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Initiate and maintain contact with the mentor
  • Clearly communicate development needs and goals
  • Be open to new ideas and approaches
  • Be willing to have open and honest dialogue with your mentor
  • Take initiative in managing the relationship
  • Set and work towards goals and take responsibility for your own development


Role of the Mentor: 

The mentor’s main role is to provide guidance that may help the protégé develop and strengthen his/her project management competencies. The mentor is also a sounding board, offering an open ear, empathy, encouragement and support.  The mentor may assist a protégé in improving their skills through advice, feedback and dialogue.

Mentor Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Be available
  • Be a listener
  • Be a source of constructive feedback
  • Be an “advisor for a protégé
  • Share relevant experiences and insights as appropriate
  • Challenge the protégé to think for herself


Mentor Protégé Relationship:

The program is a voluntary one-on-one relationship between an experienced PMP professional and a developing project management professional.

Keys to a successful relationship:

  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Recognize and value individual differences
  • Listen and ask questions
  • Provide honest, constructive feedback and be receptive to receiving feedback


Mentors are expected to:

  • Offer challenging ideas
  • Act as a sounding board
  • Coach and teach by example
  • Share networking strategies
  • Help build self-confidence
  • Offer encouragement and wise counsel


Protégés are expected to:

  • Initiate contact with the mentor
  • Take initiative in managing the relationship
  • Be open to new ideas and approaches
  • Assess abilities objectively
  • Take action to modify behaviors and develop skills
  • Set and work towards goals and take responsibility for own development


Characteristics of successful mentoring relationships:

  • Reciprocity: Both mentor and protégé gain in some way from the relationship
  • Mutual Respect: Both parties respect each other’s time effort and qualifications
  • Clear expectations: Protégés need to take charge and actively manage the relationship
  • Personal connection: Actively listening and reflecting back on what you heard
  • Shared values: Both mentor and protégé share common values 


Characteristics of failed mentoring relationships:

  • Poor communications
  • Lack of commitment
  • Personality differences
  • Perceived (or real) competition
  • Conflict of interest
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