Mentorship – 20% of action will give you 80% result

Pareto principle

Accord­ing to the Pare­to Prin­ci­ple, a small num­ber of caus­es, inputs, or con­tri­bu­tions result in a large num­ber of out­comes or ben­e­fits. To put it anoth­er way, if you ful­ly com­mit 20% of your time to your task, you will achieve 80% of your desired results. Con­se­quent­ly, four-fifths of the effort is not entire­ly pro­duc­tive, con­trary to pop­u­lar belief. Based on the Pare­to Prin­ci­ple, there is an inher­ent imbal­ance between caus­es and out­comes, inputs and out­puts, and effort and reward. This con­cept coined by Dr. Joseph Juran is impor­tant in mentorship. 

As an IT pro­fes­sion­al, you need to focus on the most pro­duc­tive inputs that churn out the high­est results. Under­stand­ing the 80/20 rule, which con­notes the imbal­ance of actions and results, is key to achiev­ing mas­sive turn­arounds in your career. The fig­ures are not pre­cise­ly math­e­mat­i­cal. They are a mere rep­re­sen­ta­tion that a frac­tion of your efforts deter­mines most of your outcomes.

Men­tor­ship pro­grams fre­quent­ly employ the 80/20 rule. In the career men­tor­ing pro­grams we offer, we believe in push­ing for the 20% work on our mentees that gives the 80% of the desired results. This arti­cle will explain how the Pare­to Prin­ci­ple applies to career men­tor­ing in the IT industry. 

Mentorship and the IT world 


The per­cep­tion of men­tors as a price­less resource for career pro­gres­sion is com­plete­ly spot on. Men­tors can assist you in decid­ing on a career track to deter­mine the ide­al fit for your abil­i­ties. Also, they ensure you meet your goals and objec­tives. In addi­tion, good men­tors have con­nec­tions which can help their mentees achieve their goals by keep­ing them on track.

The Pareto Principle 

When it comes to career coach­ing ser­vice, the Pare­to Prin­ci­ple shows that some fac­tors dis­pro­por­tion­ate­ly impact suc­cess. These are some of them:

    • Recruit­ing excep­tion­al men­tors: we believe that an excep­tion­al men­tor should be skilled in effec­tive time man­age­ment. Because men­tor­ing, like any oth­er rela­tion­ship, requires nur­tur­ing, which takes time, our coach­es are effi­cient time man­agers. Besides, the meet­ings are cogent and do not include time-wast­ing activities. 

In real­i­ty, the men­tor ben­e­fits from men­tor­ing just as much as the mentee does. How­ev­er, men­tor­ship is dis­tin­guished by the mentor’s mind­set of ‘being there’ sole­ly for the mentee. Our coach­es lis­ten more than they talk. They spend 80% of their time lis­ten­ing and offer you a well-con­cen­trat­ed 20% of their time speak­ing. We allow our mentees to speak more, and share their objec­tives, pas­sions, and con­cerns. This allows us to ful­ly under­stand where and when to come in. Final­ly, we assign coach­es to mentees in the same niche. 

    • Account­abil­i­ty and shared respon­si­bil­i­ty: an impact­ful men­tor­ing ses­sion is a two-way part­ner­ship. Suc­cess in the pro­gram demands not just the focus of the rela­tion­ship, but also a mea­sure of account­abil­i­ty. Indeed, we ensure that both the coach­es and the mentees are account­able and our coach­es are direct­ly involved offer­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to step in wher­ev­er they can. 
    • Estab­lish­ing a shared under­stand­ing: Men­tors and mentees must have a com­mon under­stand­ing of what men­tor­ing is and is not. Both par­ties should be clear on the objec­tives, dura­tion and expect­ed outcomes.

IT pro­fes­sion­als who are new to the indus­try need the men­tor­ship the most. They are prone to mak­ing unin­formed deci­sions and often make mis­takes which can prove cost­ly. Our IT Men­tors can be invalu­able in assist­ing new employ­ees in accli­mat­ing by show­ing them the ropes of their jobs. Our sup­port sys­tem is excel­lent and has gar­nered pos­i­tive reviews over the years.  We also help IT pro­fes­sion­als that feel stuck in their roles and desire to restart. So, we fac­tor these pro­fes­sion­als into our pro­gram and our men­tor­ing ses­sions ade­quate­ly address these issues. We can help them re-nav­i­gate through the cloudy paths and set them back on track. 

Our men­tors have life-long expe­ri­ence in the indus­try and offer these valu­able insights to their pro­tégés. Men­tor­ing can hap­pen nat­u­ral­ly between indi­vid­u­als and in cor­po­rate orga­ni­za­tions. Our pro­grams have the poten­tial to bring men­tors and pro­tégés togeth­er who would not oth­er­wise meet. At Elite careers, we offer these career coach­ing ser­vices for entry-lev­el IT pro­fes­sion­als in Cana­da. You can har­ness our resume cre­ation ser­vices to get you started. 

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