Issue 4. Moving on The ‘Moving On’ stage will reach a natural finale, at which point it will be time for the relationship to end. Hopefully this end will be at a stage when the Mentee has become an independent learner able to facilitate his or her own development without the aid of the Mentor.
Bruce Tuckman is well known for his Four Stages of Group Development model. There is also a fifth stage, Adjourning that he added some years later. It sits well with this theme of moving on. This video offers a quick and fun overview of this final stage. For most parties there can be a degree of sadness at the ending of an effective relationship, even when both parties know that it has reached the end of its useful life. It is important for the relationship to finish on a positive note and celebrates success in the final review. A high quality review and feedback session will lead to clear outcomes. These outcomes are identified areas of strength, achievement show how things have worked and why. From these, well-defined ideas for progression can be formed.
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