“Mentorship is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. However, true mentoring is more than just answering occasional questions or providing ad hoc help. It is about an ongoing relationship of learning, dialog, and challenge.” Wikipedia
How can we mentor while separating the personal lifestyle from the business/career decision-making process?
This is difficult at the best of times & more so in the personal friend/family category.
Life is looked at through different lens depending on time, place, conditions, & emotions.
The world as we ‘see’ it, is not the same world that the men-tee ‘sees’.
When explaining our view of events, the other party does not necessarily relate or understand the context.
How then can effective communication take place?
We must try as much as possible to put ourselves in the other person’s shoes. Can we get a true picture really? Probably not but that does not mean we give up.
Hopefully, the men-tee will pick up some seeds along the way & later, as conditions unfold, connect the dots.
Which seeds find fertile soil & grow into big trees, is a tough answer to find upfront. Time will tell.
Are there foundational pieces that lead to more likely success?
There are numerous books that have answers to that question, including religious literature, such as the Tao Te Ching or the Bible.
Studying Lao Tsu or Jesus is definitely worth the time. These fellows had wisdom far beyond their place in history.
Can we emulate or match their ideas? Creativity & universal wisdom is available to all of us.
For all of you gals out there who are reading these thoughts I have added a video which I found when I searched ‘Mentorship’ on youtube.
Marissa Mayer had been at google for more than a decade, when I read this week that she has become the CEO of Yahoo at age 37. What she has to say may be worth the 6 minutes: