Business Mentoring Insights

  • Mentoring: True or False?

      How about testing your assumptions about mentoring?  Below are a few True or False questions.  Take a few minutes to answer them and I'll provide the answers in my next blog.  Good luck! Read more

    Wed, Apr, 22, 2009

  • Definitions of Mentoring, Coaching and Networking

      As an aging baby boomer, I'm reminded of that old television show To Tell The Truth whereby three people, claiming to be the same person, would sit before a panel whose job it was to determine which of the three was the real person in question. Read more

    Mon, Apr, 20, 2009


    A frequent question I get asked as a mentoring expert is:  "How do you get someone to be your mentor?"  My reply:  "You just have to ask."  Though that statement is true, it's easier said than done.  It's important to remember, however, that mentors are very willing to help because there is an inherent sense of satisfaction in mentoring someone and seeing them grow as a result of the relationship.  If you keep that in mind, then it can free you from the fear of asking.  In addition, begin a dialogue with questions that engage the mentor and asking becomes easier so that you're more likely to get a positive response.  It takes a risk to ask someone to be your mentor but the payoff is high! Read more

    Fri, Apr, 03, 2009

  • An example of a good mentor

    Let's look at another movie example of mentoring: Star Wars  Trilogy. Who's the one person who helps Luke Skywalker develop patience and maturity? Most of you would probably reply that little guy--Yoda--but actually, to some extent, Yoda is more the career coach . He's trying to teach Luke how to use the force. The true mentor  is Obi-Won Kenobi played by Sir Alec Guinness. He's the one who first takes Luke under his wing and guides him through the entire first episode of the trilogy, and he's also the one whose voiceover you hear throughout the series. The difference between Yoda and Obi-Won is that Yoda is more focused on the skills needed to be a good Jedi Knight, whereas Obi-Won is more interested in assisting Luke in being a good person who is also a good Jedi Knight. Both of these guides complement one another and both are valuable to have. Read more

    Fri, Mar, 06, 2009

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