May 28, 2015
MentorCloud's Web-Worthy series is a curated list of the best mentoring articles and stories from the past week. Check in every Thursday for inspiration, guidance, and practical advice on everything related to mentoring! The Takeaway:
- The Sherpa Approach to Mentoring by Leo Lax via Entrepreneur "Entrepreneurs live in an environment with thousands of goals and opportunities, and a thousand more different ways to get there. The value of a mentor is to provide focus, help determine which path will likely lead to success and hand over the reins for implementation."
- Mentor Others for Your Own Professional Development by Margaret Ruvoldt via Huffington Post "Mentoring requires a more personal connection and a willingness to share your own journey. To have effective mentoring conversations, you must have a higher level of self-awareness and self-reflection. Your professional journey is a kind of blueprint for those you mentor. In order to guide them, you have to have a deep understanding of how you got to where you are, be purposeful in thinking about your own skills and knowledge."
- Why this CEO believes in multiple mentors by Caroyn Rodz via Fortune "Each individual contributes a unique perspective based on their own experiences, and together they are my sounding board when faced with difficult and important decisions. In return, I support them in their endeavors and share my expertise when needed. Remember: a mentorship will only be beneficial if both (or all) parties are equally invested in the relationship."
- Top 10 Qualities of a Good Mentor by Penny Loretto via About Careers "8. Sets and meets ongoing personal and professional goals. A good mentor continually sets a good example by showing how his/her personal habits are reflected by personal and professional goals and overall personal success."
- Business Mentoring Matters: How to Prepare for Your Meeting With Your Mentor via Management Mentors "Asking a person to consider avoids their need to respond yes or no immediately––which makes it more likely they may say yes. Also, clearly stating the time commitment you are requesting is important. After all, timing is an important issue to consider. Not only WHEN to ask someone to be your mentor, but HOW MUCH time you are asking them to invest in you."