mentor) reaches out to someone they know could benefit from their experience. These
relationships tend to grow over a long period of time and are effective and rewarding.
(7) Situational Mentoring. Situational mentoring is the right help at the right time provided by
someone when a mentee needs guidance and advice. It is usually short term addressing an
immediate situation but can transition to a more long-term connection.
(8) Supervisory Mentoring. Mentoring is an inherent responsibility of leadership and the Coast
Guard expects that supervisors will mentor their subordinates. The Individual Development
Plan outlines expectations for supervisory coaching and feedback. Most frequently, this
mentoring is informal, related to day-to-day guidance about the current job. As leaders,
supervisors should also encourage outside mentoring partnerships, informal and formal, and
allow their employees the time to work on them. Additional mentoring supplements
employee development when supervisors are not subject matter experts in every area of
interest to their employees. It can also provide a neutral resource to the employee who feels
awkward talking openly and honestly with their boss if the issue is difficulty on the job or the
desire to explore job changes.
b. Principle Elements of Mentoring Program.
information and guidance on mentoring as well as linked access to the other program
elements. Revisions, additions and changes to the mentoring program are announced using
this web site.
(2) On-Line Mentoring Training Course can be accessed from the Coast Guard Mentoring
three parts: a general introduction to mentoring, a mentor orientation, and tips for protgs
(mentees). Once completed, the course can be used as an on-line reference, providing both
mentors and mentees with guidance, suggestions and activities intended to foster productive
(3) The Leadership, Mentoring and Professional Development Course is a one-week class
offered ten to fourteen times a year, regionally, in a roadshow format. An ALCOAST is
published annually in June soliciting host units and providing a point of contact for
scheduling. Units hosting this course are responsible for encouraging participation by all
Coast Guard units and Auxiliary flotillas within their local geographic region. Additional
information concerning this course can be found on the Coast Guard Mentoring Guidance
(4) The Coast Guard e-Mentoring System can be accessed from the Coast Guard Mentoring
Guidance web site. We are committed to using technology to efficiently deliver mentoring
services to the field. The present e-Mentoring System provides a dynamic database in which
people can sign up to be or search for mentors. This additional means of finding a mentor is
especially valuable for individuals who cannot find someone within their local workplace.
Most likely, these mentoring partnerships will take place over telephone and e-mail. In