The MAIP Summer Coaches Program was designed to provide fellows with an opportunity to connect, learn, and receive guidance from an executive within their respective field and/or host city. Through one-on-one conversations and meetings, Fellows can expect to grow and develop through nurturing and stimulating conversations with their respective coaches.
As a Fellow, it is your responsibility to take a proactive approach to developing a relationship with your coach. Below are some questions to consider before speaking with your coach:
- What do I want to gain from this experience?
- What are the career challenges and goals I hope a more experienced leader can help me solve?
- What can I bring to the table to offer my mentor in exchange for his/her guidance?
In your initial conversations, set the foundation for the upcoming summer and consider your “game-plan.”
- What does success look like and how will this be measured?
- How can your coach help you get there? It helps to identify specific asks!
- Determine check-in points throughout the summer.
- Identify best method of communication (emails, texts, video/phone calls, etc.) and frequency.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Be open to adjusting your objectives as the summer progresses and goals may evolve.
- A coach has been assigned to help you grow, not purely to serve as a mechanism to get to a new job and/or become a “best” friend.
- Be honest, candid, and open to feedback throughout your mentor/mentee relationship.
- Respect each other. This is a core principal that should be applied to all relationships. Remember that a mentor is volunteering his/her time to help YOU. Think twice before cancelling a meeting, call or conversation.