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What Motivates Mentors?

There are two main types of mentors, Leonie Stanfield, of Careertalk, suggested when we discussed this recently, mentoring from competence or mentoring for challenge. The majority mentor from competence, sharing their expertise. Stanfield, who is completing her masters in career development, believes that mentoring from competence reinforces the mentor’s self-image as a good listener and […]

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Why You Need To Train People For Mentoring

The purpose of training is to enable mentors and mentorees to establish effective relationships. Some programs simply introduce people and leave them to “get on with it”. Occasionally, this works. But people need to know what is expected of them, how to go about it and why it is important and you need to be […]

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Rest, recreation and reflection, that’s what I’m looking forward to over the next few weeks, how about you? These three “R’s” are imperative to our well-being and productivity and they ought to be a part of every day not just holidays! Here’s why … Rest, not just sleep but physical relaxation, maybe letting someone else […]

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Thanksgiving has an historical basis that is not unique to the USA. Most cultures give thanks in an annual harvest festival. The work of cultivating, sowing and tending fields is needed to produce the necessities of life. What did you plant, nurture, grow and gather, this year? At this time of year, it is worthwhile […]

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Vincent asks:

Vincent’s Question: Recently a well established professional’s organization (one that I pay yearly dues for) connected me with a mentor as part of their offering. As it turned out, the mentor was not commited to what I consider the special relationship of mentor / mentee. After about a month of initial conversation, his interest was […]

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Michael Asks: How do I convince mentees that contacting their mentor is not ‘bothering them’?

Answer: Provide evidence from mentors that they enjoy, value and welcome contact. If mentees are told, clearly and unequivocally that contact is welcome, expected and their responsibility, they will do it. It may come as a surprise to those mentored that mentors do, in fact, get something out of mentoring. Your job is to act […]

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Donna asks: How do I ensure mentees remain committed?

Answer: Talk to them often. Two-way communication keeps people engaged. If they are ignored they easily fade away. Have personal contact with each participant as well as mass communication with all participants. Find out what’s going well and what’s not. Be there for them and provide assistance where needed. Use all available mechanisms to deliver […]

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