The Benefits of Mentoring as Told by the Huffington Post
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?
Bruce Lee's Top 10 Rules for Success
Imagine if Bruce Lee was your mentor. These are his top 10 rules for success!
The Best Advice I’ve Ever Heard (David Clutterbuck)
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:
Mentoring faculty in institutions of higher education: The experience of SIUE’s faculty-driven peer mentoring and consulting program
The importance of an effective faculty mentoring program in academic institutions has never been questioned. This is because an effective mentoring program helps address the challenges associated with attracting and retaining high-quality faculty, facilitating faculty development, and increasing students’ academic quality through high-quality instruction. This recognition has resulted in different models that have been tried out by institutions with varying levels of success. Our institution, a mid-size university in the mid-west, is no exception. However, in 2008 we revised the existing mentoring program and with faculty input developed a new faculty-driven peer mentoring and consulting program. Several unique elements of this mentoring model have resulted in great success. Our paper will share the positive outcomes of this unique faculty-driven mentoring model and the components of the program responsible for its success. It will also present ways that faculty members have used the results of the mentoring outcomes to enhance their teaching and development.
Interview With Dr. Bob Garvey
Here's our interview with 2014 Mentoring Conference Speaker Dr. Bob Garvey. (This interview originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of Mentoring & Coaching Monthly)Bob Garvey is Professor of Business Education at York St. John Business School. He is one of Europe’s leading academic practitioners of mentoring and coaching, and an experienced mentor/coach. He works with a range of people from all business sectors including the voluntary sector, the arts, the health sector, as well as, small businesses and large corporations. Bob subscribes to the ‘repertoire’ approach of coaching and mentoring. Bob is a lively and engaging international conference speaker. Recent examples are EMCC Research Conference in Dublin, APEGA in Canada, the ICF in Lithuania and Latvia, and the African Management Forum, in Sudan. He has published extensively. His bestselling practitioner book, The Mentoring Pocket Book is now in its 3rd edition. His most recent work is in the Major Work Series for Sage titled “The Fundamentals of Coaching and Mentoring.” This is a reference collection of 130 papers in 6 volumes with a substantial editor’s introduction. Currently he is working on a new text for Sage with professors David Gray and David Lane on coaching and mentoring in social contexts.
Know the Differences Between Coaching and Mentoring
Coaching and Mentoring are fundamentally different processes. Do you know what sets them apart?
The most difficult part about mentoring for many is simply getting started. Luckily, there are many websites, manuals, and articles online that can be of great help. Our own website has a great list of resources (Go to the "Mentoring Resources" tab and click on "Online Mentoring"), all categorized for your convenience. We went ahead and listed a few favorites from the list below:
Understanding Who You Are
When searching for a mentor, it's important to find someone who you are compatible with. By taking an online personality test, you can learn more about yourself and more easily find someone who you will work well with. These tests can be completed easily and quickly, and can provide instant assessments of your termperment, disposition, likes, and dislikes. We have listed a couple of good ones below:
Interview With 2014 Conference Speaker Dr. Ann Rolfe
This interview originally appeared in our August issue of Mentoring & Coaching Monthly.Dr. Ann Rolfe has thirty years experience in learning and development and a background in career counseling, and is Australia’s most published author on mentoring. For two decades, she has specialized in mentoring, setting up programs and training people in fields as diverse as health, construction, energy, communications, education, law and government. Internationally respected as a trainer, consultant and presenter, her training programs and resources are used in many countries to develop and support mentoring. Ann Rolfe’s contributions to mentoring have been recognized with the 2011 LearnX Asia Pacific Platinum Award for Best Coaching/Mentoring Training Program and in 2013
How to Ask Someone to Mentor You
Figure Out Who
Deciding who you want your mentor to be is the first and most obvious step. Decide what you hope to accomplish with a mentor, and look for individuals who will be best able to assist you in accomplishing those goals. Remember, mentors can be found in your workplace, school, non-profits, and even your family. Once you have found your ideal person, it's time to move on to the next step.
Set Up a Meeting
When you get a chance, ask your potential mentor if you can set up a time to meet and discuss possible mentorship. During the meeting make sure and let him or her know why you think he or she would be a great mentor. Discuss why you want to be mentored, and what you hope to accomplish. If your mentor agrees that a mentoring relationship would be a good idea, you're set!
Clarify Goals and Commitments
Before you begin your mentoring relationship, it's essential that you clarify goals and commitments. When and how often will you meet? About how long do you expect the relationship to last? What exactly are the goals that you hope to accomplish? By beginning the relationship well prepared, you will be more likely to finish it successfully.