January 9

If You Want to Succeed in Business and Life Find a Mentor!


During one of my recent speaking opportunities I shared that none of us have arrived to this place in our lives without standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. I was referring to the idea of mentoring and the pathways that it can provide for personal and professional growth. 

Dr. Jason Carthen: Mentor

Mentoring 101

What is mentoring? Mentoring is a professional relationship in which an experienced person assists another in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance their professional and personal growth.  The mentor is responsible for providing support and feedback to the individual in his or her charge.  The support typically involves teaching, coaching, or the facilitation of growth by sharing networks while challenging the person being mentored to move beyond his or her comfort zone.

What Mentoring is Not

Mentoring is not the same as coaching, although there are similarities. A mentor may coach, but a coach is not a mentor. While coaching is functional, mentoring is relational and usually occurs at the mutual consent of a mentor and the person being mentored, normally outside of a manager-employee relationship.  A mentor can provide both professional and personal support, and the relationship often crosses job boundaries.
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Informal vs. Formal Mentoring

A formal mentoring programs offer employees the opportunity to participate in an organized mentoring program. By contrast,  an informal mentoring initiative takes places in organizations that develop a culture of mentoring, but do not have formal mentoring in place. The JumpStart mentoring program, shares the following six habits of highly effective mentors.

Six Successful Mentoring Habits

  1. Set a good example
  2. Be open to learning
  3. Your network’s advice is as valuable as your own
  4. Share experiences, don’t dictate
  5. Lending an ear is sometimes more important
  6. Don’t be afraid to get personal

At the end of he day, the process of mentoring benefits both the mentor and the mentee because not only do both grow through the process, but we see two lives impacted positively in a profound way. Now, go mentor someone today….

Point of Clarity Quote:

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin



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