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I Can’t Leave the Closet

Is this your story? It doesn't have to be! I don’t know why society has labelled us as crazy. The more that I hear that I begin to believe that maybe that is the case. Maybe I am crazy. I have days where I just want to open the door and reach out hoping that there is someone there that would take my hand and offer to help me. There is so much darkness and I don’t feel that I can navigate it … [Read more...]

Can a Mentor without the Same Experiences as their Mentee Still Be an Effective Mentor?

          Mentoring is the practice of helping a mentee learn and grow personally and professionally while navigating through change and challenge. There is much debate whether a mentor can be effective for their mentee if they have not already lived through a similar experience. This is called lived experience. “Lived experience refers to a … [Read more...]

Reducing Employee Stressors

Making Sense of Self Isolation Mandates and Sudden Mass Lay-Offs We live during an unprecedented global pandemic. Many employees of organization big and small are in flux, feeling the impact of uncertainty, anxiety, and a sense of loss of control. Disruption and doubt are their new routine. The employees in my mentoring circles are experiencing stress at a level they have never been subjected … [Read more...]

What is the difference between Coaching, Mentoring, and Reverse Mentoring?

            I am asked on numerous occasions to respond to questions regarding mentoring, mentoring process and how mentoring can bring value to individuals and/or organizations. Here is a question I received recently and my response. What is the difference between Coaching, Mentoring, and Reverse Mentoring? Mentoring: Ongoing relationship that … [Read more...]

Will a bully make a good corporate leader?

          I am asked on numerous occasions to respond to questions regarding mentoring, mentoring process and how mentoring can bring value to individuals and/or organizations. Here is a question I received recently and my response. Will a bully make a good corporate leader? No. We don’t need or want a bully at the helm of the organization. What … [Read more...]

What are the four main stages of mentoring?

            I am asked on numerous occasions to respond to questions regarding mentoring, mentoring process and how mentoring can bring value to individuals and/or organizations. Here is a question I received recently and my response. What are the four main stages of mentoring? There are a number of different viewpoints on this topic with … [Read more...]

To Be Successful Do I Need a Mentor?

        I am asked on numerous occasions to respond to questions regarding mentoring, mentoring process and how mentoring can bring value to individuals and/or organizations. Here is a question I received recently and my response. Q: Does every successful person have a mentor in their life, or are some just self-taught? A: Everyone can benefit from an … [Read more...]

Mentoring a Talented Intern with Communication Challenges

I am asked on a daily basis to respond to questions regarding mentoring, mentoring process and how mentoring can bring value to individuals and/or organizations. Here is one those questions and my response. Q: How would you mentor a talented intern who has great potential but has difficulties in communication with other staff? The intern has difficulties with eye contact and voice … [Read more...]

Mentoring in Times of Change

“Dear Mentor, Something is Changing…!” by Yvonne Thevenot, ICM-P, ACM-F, CCMP Job eliminated?  Tapped for an executive appointment?  Applying for your first role?  Applying for your next role?  Declined for a role?  Starting a new role?.....  The list goes on.  As we consider these critical career moments it is almost guaranteed that if you have experienced any of these, you will recall the … [Read more...]

Effective Mentoring’s Response to Increased PTSD and How It Impacts Both Genders Differently (Effective Mentoring Continuing Series – PTSD a Gender Perspective (#3)

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is something that can affect anyone who has been through a traumatic event. Most people learn to live with it, but there are treatment options out there. Some sufferers manage it with medication, especially with the way that ptsd and marijuana have been found to balance each other out. Of course, not every country has legalized the use of marijuana as of yet, … [Read more...]