WORK LIFE JOURNEY
Becoming a PGP Mentor Advisor.
PGP Mentor Advisor Certification is a blended learning program using time tested tools and practices for accelerating the learning and growth of others. Mentor Advisors help people discover who they truly are, uncover what they really want, and guide them to where they want to go.
They skillfully create psychological safety, enabling deeper, more meaningful conversations. They use thoughtful inquiry to guide discover and inspire action. They influence choices based on their keen understanding of the mentee’s strengths, intentions, and goals.
They help mentees use their values, strengths, and purpose to set goals, overcome fears, and attack challenges. They become indispensable sounding boards, with the relationship often spanning decades as the mentee navigates opportunities and challenges both at work and in life. Mentor Advisors will be guided by PGP Advisors throughout the process.
Introduction to Becoming a Mentor Advisor
The Mentor Advisor Toolkit
Mentor Advisor Certification Pre-work
The Work Life Map (2:00)
A goal without a plan is a wish. Once you help your mentee discover what they want and where they want to go, they will need a plan to get there. The Work Life Map is the right tool for the job. It has been refined over decades of use and reflects the latest thinking on activating bold action through a deep understanding of your values, strengths, and purpose.
You will learn to use the Work Life Map during the Mentor Advisor Certification Program. Download it now so it's ready to go for the program. Please don't begin working on it yet, we have a process we will share on how to facilitate the completion of this tool with your mentee.
INSTRUCTIONS: Click the "Download the Work Life Map" button to view the map. You can print it out to fill in during the program, or save it to your computer to complete online.
EXERCISE: Core Values (10:00)
Core Values are foundational beliefs which motivate and guide your decisions and behaviors. For example, if you value kindness, you are excited by the opportunity to help others; you enjoy it so much you will do it in your spare time. If you value originality and fun, on the other hand, you may feel stifled working in a very serious environment where you are required to follow rigorous processes.
Core Values are deeply connected to finding meaning and fulfillment in your life. They are what you care most about and crave without even consciously thinking about it.
Values are not goals. Goals are where you want to go; values are how you live your life as you work towards your goals. When your values and goals are aligned, you will feel engaged and fulfilled. The opposite is true when your values and goals are misaligned.
If something you're doing just doesn't "feel right", it's worth reviewing your Core Values to see if you are out of alignment. Use the Core Values List and the Core Values Worksheet to uncover your Core Values.
INSTRUCTIONS: Please complete the "Core Values Worksheet" prior to the Mentor Advisor Certification Program. Use the download button below to access the Core Value List and Worksheet. You can either print this form and fill it in, or complete it online and save it to your computer.
EXERCISE: Strength Analyzer (10:00)
Strengths are talents and skills honed to the level of exceptional performance. The more you use your strengths, the more you feel productive and fulfilled. Using strengths is also fundamental to unlocking creativity and innovation.
Leaders who focus on maximizing employee strengths benefit from higher engagement scores, lower turnover, greater customer loyalty, higher productivity, and greater profitability.
A Gallup Study found that the more hours per day people are able to use their strengths, the more likely they are to report that they have ample energy, feel well-rested and happy, laugh a lot, and feel respected and proud.
The Strengths Analyzer is a valuable tool to help you understand the strengths that have shaped your mentees' greatest successes and helped them emerge from their most daunting challenges.
INSTRUCTIONS: Please complete the "Strength Analyzer Exercise" prior to the Mentor Advisor Certification Program. Use the download button below to open the "Strength Analyzer Exercise" You can either print this form and fill it in, or complete it online and save it to your computer.
EXERCISE: Trust Inventory (10:00)
Trust is foundational to any relationship, especially a mentoring relationship. It takes months and even years to fully develop, yet is fragile and can be destroyed in a moment. Trust in relationships is about listening and supporting each other, showing mutual respect, having boundaries and handling conflict in healthy ways. Trust is knowing that you are safe to be authentic and vulnerable.
Trust is critical to organizations as well. A recent survey found 23 percent of working-age adults said they would offer more ideas and solutions, and 21 percent reported they would be willing to work longer hours, if they trusted their leaders. One-third indicated that they would stay longer with an employer if its leaders kept their promises, and 28 percent said they would extend their tenure if transparency was practiced at all levels.
The Trust Inventory is a useful self-assessment of the key components of trust. The resulting score is your Trust Quotient.
INSTRUCTIONS: Please complete the "Trust Inventory Exercise" prior to the Mentor Advisor Certification Program. Use the download button below to open the "Trust Inventory Exercise". You can either print this form and fill it in, or complete it online and save it to your computer.
EXERCISE: Timeline Graph (10:00)
The Timeline Graph is a powerful tool to capture key experiences throughout your life which shaped the person you are today. It enables you to dig deep and remember those most compelling moments, both the highest highs and the lowest lows. Only through exploring those moments can we full appreciate our unique strengths which emboldened us to not only survive but thrive through the lows and soar to our greatest heights. Take a moment to review the sample Timeline.
In this exercise, you will use a blank Timeline Exercise Template and ﬁll in the dates and details of your most memorable moments. Often, the first plot point will be your birth or a significant childhood event. Usually, the last plot point will be today’s date.
Take your time with the exercise. It's your private reflection and you won't be asked to share it with anyone.
INSTRUCTIONS: Please complete the "Timeline Exercise Template" prior to the Mentor Advisor Certification Program. Use the download button below to access the "Timeline Exercise Sample and Template " You can either print this form and fill it in, or complete it online and save it to your computer.
EXERCISE: Who Helped You? (15:00)
This final pre-work exercise is about remembering the people in your life who have helped you most. Take a moment to reflect back to that time and explore what you experienced and how you felt. It's important that you think of specific people, and specific conversations, since within those details lies the richness of the discoveries found through this exercise.
Think of 1 or 2 people who have helped you most in your life. People who were instrumental in your personal and professional successes, helped you to be your best self, helped you fulfill your potential, or achieve something important. Think about the important people in your life such as teachers, family members, managers, colleagues, or friends.
These people who helped you most are your Mentor Advisors. These thoughtful guides helped you discover who you are, what you want, and how to get there. This workshop is preparing you to be a Mentor Advisor to others.
You will be that most memorable person in their lives, the person they fondly remember when asked:
- Who helped you most in your life?
- Who helped you discover the best in yourself?
- Who helped you realize what you really wanted?
- Who helped you discover what has been holding you back?
- Who helped you to see how you could live your purpose and make a difference?
- Who guided you to discover how you might reach your goals and find fulfillment?
Certified Mentor Advisors use a proven set tools to have a variety of powerful conversations with their mentees. These tools and methods have been tested and refined for more than 30 years. Certified Mentor Advisors have helped leaders around the world achieve breakthrough results in their personal and professional lives for many decades.
Know today that one day soon someone will be thanking you for the difference you made in their life. Download the "Who Helped You?" worksheet to the right. Complete a separate worksheet for each person who helped you most.
INSTRUCTIONS: Please complete the "Who Helped You Worksheet" prior to the Mentor Advisor Certification Program. Use the download button below to open the "Who Helped You Worksheet. You can either print this form and fill it in, or complete it online and save it to your computer.