Keys to Finding, Cultivating, and Ending Mentor Relationships with Lisa Fain, JD

This week’s episode features Lisa Fain, JD, CEO of the Center for Mentoring Excellence and founder of Vista Coaching, the coaching division of the Center. We discuss a range of issues associated with mentorship, including:

Lisa’s professional journey, with its theme of creating inclusive, productive workplaces

The common pitfalls or missed opportunities she often sees mentees experience

What mentees should look for in a mentor

Key success factors for strong, productive mentoring relationships and how mentee attitudes and behavior contribute to positive mentoring relationships

How scientists outside academia where mentorship may be less formalized should go about seeking mentors 

Similarities and differences between mentors and career coaches

Lisa’s thoughts on the statement: With COVID shaking up the way people work, it seems having a mentor would be even more important, as workers navigate new norms

How to professionally and efficiently end a mentoring relationship