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08/31/09
Mentoring 8. Workshop questions
Filed under: Mentoring
Posted by: site admin @ 8:20 am

“Head-turning” surprises happened in the
Washington
workshops, some one-on-ones
and subsequent
emails.  The surprises
related to mentoring.  It was
as if it were
a new term, or something hard to do, or

something not common in chemically
related careers.  Some questions came up,
including
:

 - Who should I choose for a mentor?

 - How do I ask a person to be a mentor?

 - What do mentors and proteges say to
one another?

 - What qualities should a good mentor have?

Some rules of thumb for mentoring:

 - everyone needs mentors

 - a mentor is anyone from whom you can learn

 - effective mentors can be quite different from their
proteges (note the shift from mentee, a term that I
am
shifting from) and can be chosen by their
proteges


Characteristics of mentors include:
1. have time, interest and energy to commit
2. have a learning attitude, effective perspective and
strong communication skills
3. want to commit
4. can synchronize with your time frame and schedule
5. offer harmonious two way communication with fun
so that you look forward to working together

Mentoring is a joint experience that does not require
line management involvement or even knowledge. 
It can
be from outside perspectives.  Both successes
and
failures contribute to mentoring discussion and
growth.


Some quotes related to mentoring are in the comments.

One Response to “Mentoring 8. Workshop questions”

  1. site admin Says:


    “Be somebody who makes things
    happen. How? In the words of a
    famous shoe manufacturer:”

    “Just do it!”

    Glenn Van Ekeren

    “Trust is something that happens
    within people only when it is
    created between people.”

    Chip R. Bell

    “Advice is like snow; the softer it
    falls, the longer it dwells upon,
    and the deeper it sinks into the
    mind.”
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    “Few things in the world are more
    powerful than a positive push. A
    smile. A word of optimism and
    hope. A “you can do it” when
    things are tough.”

    Richard M. De Vos

    “Have you had a kindness shown?
    Pass it on.”

    Henry Burton

    “There’s a difference between
    interest and commitment. When
    you are interested in doing
    something, you do it only when
    it is convenient. When you are
    committed to something, you
    accept no excuses; only results.”
    Kenneth Blanchard

    “Be like a postage stamp. Stick
    to something until you get there.”

    Josh Billings

    “Learning is finding out that you
    already know. Doing is
    demonstrating that you know it.
    Teaching is reminding others that
    they know just as well as you.
    You are all learners, doers, and
    teachers.”

    Richard Bach

    “People will forget what you said.
    People will forget what you did. But
    people will never forget how you
    make them feel.”
    Bonnie Jean Wasmund

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