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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...]

Mentoring Relationships

          While most of us were counting sheep in the wonderful world of dream land I was going through my list of people that I was blessed with having a mentoring relationship with. It caused me to reflect on what the characteristics of a good mentoring relationship would be and was I bringing value to the mentoring relationships that I had. The link … [Read more...]

Mentoring and Emotional Intelligence

      There is a lot of talk about emotional intelligence and what does it mean in our day to day lives. I thought we would first explore that and then look at the significance of emotional intelligence in the mentoring process. Emotional intelligence has been defined as the “capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions and to handle interpersonal … [Read more...]

Reflective Practices and Mentoring

              I am a firm believer in the art of reflection. There isn’t a day that goes by that I am not reflecting on something that has happened or is about to happen. I see it as part of my continuous learning. As a mentor and a leader I must always be striving to grow on a personal and professional basis. Let’s take a look at what the … [Read more...]

Mentoring and Learning and Development

          There is a movement to create more dynamic learning and development environments in organizations today. Organizations need to be explore various ways to create this environment for the betterment of the employees and for the success of the organization. Continuous learning can take an average leader and provide them with the tools to become that … [Read more...]

The Importance of Issue Identification to the Mentoring Arrangement

          If I want to advance my career development but seem to be in the midst of a struggle that would be an issue. If I did not believe in my capabilities that would be an issue. These are two of many examples that we could talk about that define what an issue could be. The challenge for us in the mentoring arrangement is to identify what those issues … [Read more...]