Mentoring People Who Aren't Like You
"It took me years to understand this basic dynamic: Those who look less like me might find it hard to share their concerns with me or ask for help. They might feel uncomfortable raising their hand if they aren’t sure I will identify with them. And it’s on me, as the leader, to help close that gap."
-Richard Farnell in his article "Mentor People Who Aren't Like You" from the Harvard Business Review
Verbal and Nonverbal Messages
Make sure to observe your mentee's nonverbal body language, but do so respectfully and carefully. This will help you understand what they are thinking and feeling, apart from what they communicate to you orally.
The Benefits of Mentoring as Told by the Huffington PostRead More
Huffington Post writes about how mentoring benefits the lives of all in their article commemorating international mentoring day in January.
Read the article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eli-wolff/international-mentoring-d_b_14206704.html?
The Best Advice I’ve Ever Heard (David Clutterbuck)Read More
It’s evident that a coaching and mentoring strategy requires the sustained support and energy of an organization’s leaders. In our interviews on this topic with both HR professionals and leadership teams, a number of themes recur frequently enough to warrant inclusion in practical guidelines. In no particular order of importance, these are:
At its worst, failure can be devastating. However, many would say true failure occurs not when success slips from our fingers, but when failure overwhelms us, preventing us from further experimentation. Talk with your mentoring partner today about your most recent success or failure. How can you continue to move forward?
Who Benefits in a Mentorship?
When in a mentoring relationship, either as a mentor or as a mentee, it can be easy to focus on personal benefits. However, it has been noted that those who put others’ needs first tend to gain the most. Today, take a moment to reflect on how you can assist those around you. You may find you gain more in the end.
A Mentoring Garden
Mentors and mentees don't always have similar viewpoints on the fundamental issues that can arise during mentoring. A mentor's job isn't to clone his or her own ideas and implant them into the mentee's head. Instead, it is to give the mentee space and encouragement to grow their own ideas while exploring new points of view. Speak with your mentoring partner today about how you can open your mind to new ideas.
Communicating through Barriers
Communication can be difficult. The next time you find yourself in a communication bind, remember that everyone views the world through different eyes. What may be very clear to you could be out of focus for other individuals.
Iron Sharpens Iron
It takes strong mentors to create strong leaders, but how does one become a strong mentor? Some say mentors are shaped through human interaction - who we talk to, who we spend time with, and who we look up to all play a roll in who we become. Talk with your mentor today about how those around you affect your day to day life.