Some say that mentoring not only benefits the individuals involved, but also pays dividends for the profession as a whole. F.ex. even laywers who are just starting out at a law firm or lawyers who are moving into a new area of practice can learn from the experience of others through a mentoring relationship.
Society today is rediscovering that the process of learning and maturing needs time and many kinds of relationships.
A lot is said about mentoring, some of it is true, and some are untrue or myth. I would like to present some her.
Alan Wilson remembered when he’d been told that her mother’s cancer had spread; she had taken his hand and said: “Alan, you are my gift to the world,” she had said. “You will make a bigger difference in it than I.”
As I told you before I went to Trondheim in Norway to hold two seminars. Both for the participants in JCI Evolutions Mentorprogram for young people in Young Enterprice Norway.
On saturday we started at 10 am and were working with strenght, posibilities and SMART-goals up to 16 pm with all the adepts in the program. They were very interesting in the subject and real active all day. This is going to be the platform for further development trough the program and especially for the AM-meetings (Adept and Mentor meetings) every month.
Oh I love to meet so many positive and active young people and spend time with them, I actually learn as lot as them.
On sunday we started at 11 am to train all the mentors, from businesses around in the county. They were also very positive and active through out the wholde session, working with "The Big Five". Tools for AM-meetings.
I look forward t be hearing from the project group next time.
On Thursday I got a very interesting mail from The Norwegian Armed Force (www.mil.no). They wanted me to come in april and be the head speaker at a action day for all the women in the army.
My topic will be "Dream Team" and how you can build a dream team when people have different starting point, character and strenght. It would be important to talk about the attitude to people and to accept all kind of individuals.
It would be a whole day for the topic with all kinds of speakers, politicians from the defends comitee, Norways first female pilot on F-16 fighters.
I am really looking forward to the day, even if it means going away from my dreamteam (my wife) and her birthday.
Today I got my sertification on using the Thomas International Personal Profile Analysis (PPA), www.thomasinternational.net. The test provides an insight into how people behave at work answering questions such as – what are their strengths and limitations? Are they self starters? How do they communicate? What motives them?
I am going to use it in matching criteria, not the whole test, but a smaller version. But it is going to be fun to have this tool to do so.
Check it out, it`s maybe something for you to.
Please if you have experience with DISC as a tool, or some other types of tools, write something here about it.
This weekend I am going to Trondheim to train in their mentorprogram for Young Enterprice Norway. On saturday I am going to train all the students the whole day, the seminar is akind of lifeplanning. We are looking at their strenght, their weeknesses and their possibilities, and final some SMART-goals.
On sunday is it mentoring seminar for all the mentors. Learning and training "The Big Five" and prepare them for the task.
And not only that but I am also going to help them in the matching process as well.
This is going to be so much fun, I am very excited.
Right now I sit and work at my mentoring seminar, called the big five. That relate to the most important mentoring tools you can use as a mentor.
The five tools are:
- Active listening
- Effective questions
- Be responsible
And for the next week I am going to conduct the seminar both in Oslo and then in Trondheim in Norway. At the seminar in Oslo I have help from a good partner Kai Roer. You can learn a lot at his blog at www.bebetter.no about training. He is a very active trainer across europe.
The Big Five is also in my book for the mentors.