Archive | January 2012

Let’s Share!

Kindly share with me your thoughts, experiences, or opinions on mentoring. You can do this by filling in the comment box or taking the poll below.

I will be glad to respond as soon as possible, which usually means the next day.



Understanding the relationship

mentoring is like sowing precious seed

Are you being mentored? Do you find it difficult to navigate the relationship?

Mentoring is a relationship that needs to be nurtured properly by both parties. The first step to succeeding in a mentoring process is to understand the relationship.

The Mentor

Think of a mentor as a willing teacher who is also going through their own learning process, rather than as a guru who already knows everything and simply ‘talks down’ to his/her trainees. This helps the mentoring relationship to flow more easily and remain simple.

The mentor is there to help you get to where you are going, so it’s not just about criticizing, correcting or instructing. A mentor should be able to offer a helping hand in times of need, at times even sympathizing and empathizing with the mentee.

Do you see this in the person mentoring you? Share your thoughts….


We begin here

We begin here by talking about mentoring. The first thing is to understand what mentoring is and share what it means to different people.

Generally speaking, mentoring is a two-way relationship whereby a mentor pours out their life, skills and knowledge to another person or goup in order for the latter to develop in a particular area. It is also a process, which means it works out over a period of time. It can be done formally or informally.

The key thing is that it is a relationship, which means there needs to be communication, exchange of information, response, and so on.

To begin a mentoring relationship, both parties have to agree and be willing. The mentor has to be willing to devote their time, attention and resources to the mentoring process, while the person being mentored has to be available for the training, instruction, guidance or whatever form the mentoring process will take. To be mentored effectively, one has to have a teachable spirit, easily corrected and instructed.

That’s mentoring in a nutshell, but please do let me know what you think mentoring is by putting it in the comment box.



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