Human beings thrive best when we grow in the presence of those who have gone before. Our roots may not follow every available pathway, but we are able to become more fully ourselves because of the presence of others. ‘I am who I am because of others,’ goes the saying, and mentors are a vital part of the often invisible mat of our lives.
~ Larry Daloz, researcher, educator, author
Mentoring is the act of helping someone learn.
Mentors show up in different ways at different stages of our lives, often informally and perhaps without direct acknowledgement of the person’s role. A mentor is someone that listens to your questions and helps guide you in obtaining your goals. Mentors serve as sounding boards for your ideas and a safe place to get honest feedback. Mentors are indispensible contributors to your growth and development as part of your developmental network.
Mentoring is a multifaceted activity with many benefits to be realized for both mentees and mentors. The three top elements of a successful mentoring partnership are a commitment to time, open communication and curiosity. Having specific goals upon which to focus the activity of the partnership increases the likelihood of partners engaging wholeheartedly with each other and the corresponding value realized.
Custom Designed Mentoring Programs
While many of the core elements of mentoring programs are the same, every organization and application has unique needs. Using a combination of on-line learning tools as well as training materials, customization is simplified. For a complimentary 30 minute consultation to find out how your organization or business can benefit from a mentoring program, please contact me.
Mentoring in Business
Mentoring programs are an influential and cost effective approach for developing leaders at all levels of an organization. In my experience, strategically designed and thoughtfully implemented mentoring programs provide significant benefits that pay big dividends in terms of staff development, productivity and culture change.
Mentoring in Community Organizations
People join community organizations to spend time with like minded people, often with the intention to learn more about the topic or activity that brings them together. Mentoring is all about learning and a natural fit in these organizations. Whether an entrepreneur’s organization, a volunteer group or a sports club like triathlon, mentoring programs go a long way towards community building as people get to know each other while they engage in learning about that which has brought them together.