I have to disagree to a point. No it is not ones place to coddle and baby the mentee`s way to success. But knowing their dreams and understanding their goals will help a mentor to better assign duties that will help the mentee achieve these goals. It will also helps the mentor to know if the mentee is making progress or not.
Yes, it is very beneficial for a business owner to get free help, but we have to remember that nothing in life is really free. What good is it if the mentee is taught something that does not match his/her goals and they then give up on their dreams because they are given a false start. Then we could end up with some of those given false starts believing that goals are impossible to attain and end up with low incomes and possibly living off society - in other words we end up paying for their services in the long run.
A mentee is willing to volunteer their time to learn from us and help us perform our duties. This frees up our time to volunteer teaching them, basically like stated above by SlowCookerMate:
"Just let him shadow you. That does not take any time at all. Then progress to letting him do some small tasks. If he does well, you may be able to give him more to do and that will take work off of you. I do believe if he starts doing work, he should be paid. Even if it is not much, he should get something."
If you take interest in this person`s future from an employers standpoint versus a parents, I believe you will find wonderful rewards for yourself too. This could end up being an experience that will help you to further grow as well.
Best of Luck (who knows, this kid might be our president one day - what satisfaction would that be)
So sorry for making you blow your cover. Hopefully he will see the benefit and give it a try. At least if it doesn`t work out, he will know and still learn from the experience. He will at least be able to say he tried.
Have a great evening,
Thank you for clearing that up because your original post did not infer this. You stated:
"My problem: I am so busy!
How can I be an effective mentor when I don`t really have the time?"
Which made it sound like - I am too busy to be bothered with this. Your second post better explains what you are truly looking for - suggestions on how to go about mentoring this person. Had your original post been geared more to this line of questioning, I am certain you would have received more helpful, positive responses.
If you could, please be a little more specific on the type of industry/work you are in and maybe we can better offer suggestions.
Your Friend and VA,
Tricia Kos, Owner
Quality Business Solutions, LLC
Your Virtual Assistant Destination