Arkad wrote:True mentorship is all about a meaningful personal investment between a mentor and a protege.
Again, agreeing 100% with Arkad! You cannot make anyone become a mentor, and you can only offer your mentorship to someone if you have a relationship with them. They have to develop a trust with you, and you, and the mentor, and to be willing to invest individual one on one time. I went years without a mentor, which is one of the reasons that I reach out constantly. I tell just about everyone that works for me that as soon as they or I move on, I would love to be a mentor, or will help them find one.
I have found that trying to be a mentor to someone who works for you is problematic (how do you help them if they have a crappy boss, and its you). I tell them that I will coach them while they work for me, and than mentor them afterward. Maybe a small difference, but an important one (to me).
Great thread, but mentorship relies on people, not a program, not an instruction, not training. My two cents.