Additional Resource for Case:
Good Intentions Gone Wrong

Potential Impact of Mis-Management of the Mentor/Mentee Relationship

Adapted from a presentation by Kenneth Cloke, Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution, Santa Monica, CA.

This graph demonstrates how morale in the mentoring relationship may degrade over time if there is mismanagement of the mentor/mentee relationship, for example, as a result of disconnect in the expectations of each party. In extreme cases, worsening morale may lead to disillusionment and other outside factors/parties possibly being blamed for the failure of a mentee’s project or overall career development. While trying to overcome the challenges posed by such a situation and regain focus, other uninvolved individuals may take advantage of career development and promotion opportunities that a mentee (and/or mentor) may have been eligible for otherwise.