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FEATURE STORY / MENTORSHIP IN PRACTICE more enjoyable and more likely to be successful, they encourage participants to engage and deepen the relationship. “Dr. Jim was very relieved that I didn’t come in telling him what to do and how to do it,” Dr. McAllister said. “I think that how we quickly became friends was because I didn’t come in lecturing at him.” That friendship is still going strong over two years after they met. Their mentorship relationship began with a series of phone calls that were supplemented with in-person meetings and visits to one another’s clinics. They got to know and understand each other better over pints and eventually introduced their wives who also became fast friends. Dr. Aru is the first to admit that there was an element of luck in his pairing with Dr. McAllister. But both chiropractors insist that the approach to the relationship can make all the difference. As Dr. McAllister put it, “the key is being open to learning as well as sharing.” T he experience of Dr. McAllister and Dr. Aru is inspiring. At the core of the story are two professionals willing to contribute to and benefit from the mentorship relationship. If you are seeking a mentorship partner, here are some tips that may increase your chances of success: 1  Alignment of business and practice philosophy is important. Successful mentorships are built on interpersonal connections. Working with someone with a similar approach to chiropractic and patient care is a decent predictor of the success of a mentorship match. 2  honest about the commitment Be you’re making. There are many ways 28 FALL 2014 to construct a successful mentorship relationship so long as both partners are on the same page. Clarity about the time commitment and types of activities you’re looking to engage in is a very good place to start. 3  Experiential learning makes a big difference. Learning by doing is more than just a catchphrase. Tactics like shadowing, discussing real world examples and trying out new skills together can lead to far more tangible results. 4  open to learning and sharing. Be Many mentors and mentees find that these roles fade in importance as the relationship deepens. Mentorship programs that are explicitly designed to be reciprocal and facilitate growth and professional development by all participants are more likely to initiate positive and beneficial relationships. 5  Take full advantage of available resources. The OCA website offers a complete set of mentorship tools, forms and resources which are available to all members. If you already have a mentor or mentee identified from within your own network, use these tools and resources to encourage a mutually beneficial and rewarding partnership. The OCA Mentorship Program requests applications from potential mentors and mentees twice annually. The next application window will open in early 2015. A wide array of mentorship resources are continually available on the OCA website: www.chiropractic.on.ca/mentorship By the Numbers: Sun Microsystems compared the career progress of approximately 1,000 employees over a 5-year period and here’s what they found: 20% Both mentors and mentees were approximately 20% more likely to get a raise than people who did not participate in the mentoring program. 28% Percentage of mentors who received a raise – versus only 5% of managers who were not mentors. 5x Employees who received mentoring were promoted five times more often than people who didn’t have mentors. Source: Forbes.com