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What Makes an Effective Mentor?

          It was a question that had haunted him for a while. He wondered how effective he was being in mentoring this young professional that had come to him for guidance. He was concerned that he was not bringing value to the relationship that they were developing and was afraid to ask the question. He had lots of experience and wanted to share that with … [Read more...]


        Reflection has become a huge part of my daily routine. I am always challenging myself to answer the questions, “what went well, what didn’t go well and what will I do differently next time to ensure a different outcome?” I was recently reminded of Jim Collins book, “Good to Great” and how I was seeing some similarities with my mentoring journey. I wanted to … [Read more...]

The Gift of Mentoring – Facilitating a Mentoring Circle

        The concept of using a circle as a means for collaborative dialogue has been around for a long time. When you do a “Google Search” on the words “mentoring circle” you get over 14,000,000 hits. Mentoring is referenced historically as far back as Ancient Greek times and the word itself was inspired by the character of Mentor in Homer's Odyssey. The practice of … [Read more...]

Mentoring and Building Trust

          The ability to build trust very early in a mentoring relationship is one if not the primary goal of an effective mentor. There are times when this seems to happen naturally and then there are the times where it is a challenge. What are some of the factors that can influence how this journey progresses. What I have found is that our upbringing … [Read more...]

Mentoring Beyond – Using Intuitive Skills

        Intuitive is defined as, “Using or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning; instinctive.”  I have been reflecting the past few days on the various mentoring relationships that I am blessed to be a part of. I think of the mentoring tools and techniques that I employ with my focus on bringing value to the person I am spending time … [Read more...]