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Some say that you got a mentor for a restricted time you finished the adept/mentor relationship and then the contact stop. If you got a good relation with your mentor, the relation don`t stop.
For some time ago I talked to an adept in the very first mentor program I coordinate in 2000/2001 as a project within an organization called Junior Chamber International (www.jci.cc) and she still got contact with her mentor after 8 years.
This was a mentor program JCI offered for young people within Young Enterprise (www.ja-ye.org) in Norway (www.ue.no) and she was 16 years old.
So she had contact with the mentor from 16 to 24, so this was a really good job from the mentor. And the adept really understand what mentoring could do for here in a period in life where there is a lot happening.
I am writing two books about mentoring. They are handbooks for the involved part in a mentoring relationship.
I have learned in my years working with mentoring that both adepts and mentors don`t get the full potential out of the time they spend together.
The reflection part and the overall perspective is less because they take easy on the fact that writing down all thoughts is important.
It is important if you want personal growth to take notes. So my project is to find some tool to make it more easy for both adepts and mentors.
I am writing one book for the adept and one for the mentor. Mentoring is an exciting topic and it is easy to find a lot of material, but more difficult to select the most important.
Care to comments or tip me of topics you are more than welcome
I read an article about getting a younger mentor (in Norwegian at http://www.konsulentguiden.no/index.cfm?id=147082&side=1).
The article said that it is a trend among middle-aged leaders to get younger mentors.
It`s called “Reverse mentoring” and Jack Welch (www.welchway.com), then chairman at General Electric (www.ge.com), was maybe the first to try this.
When he ordered 600 of the leaders to get a younger mentor in 1999.
Matt Starcevich at Center for Coaching & Mentoring in Oklahoma (www.coachingandmentoring.com) says that reverse mentoring can give advantage for the organization.
He found out that 41% used reverse mentoring to learn technical expertise, and 26% used it to give leaders a more youthful perspective.
Of course it is important that the older leaders don`t have any prejudice against younger people.
What do you think about reverse mentoring? Do you have some experience with it? Tell me!
The popular advice is «find a mentor».
But before you get one you should ask yourself «How ready am I to be mentored»?
Your readiness will have a significant impact on how successful and productive the mentoring partnership will be.
Follow the link and take this quiz that will give you a start in assessing your readiness..
I do a lot of training together with a good partner Kai Roer (www.bebetter.no). We do training in a lot of themes within mentoring, coaching and leadership.
Trainings like: «The leader as an educator», «Coaching to lead» and «Mentoring tools».
We both do it in Junior Chamber International and in companies.
I will use this title to tell you small histories happened because of mentoring and networking.
I got a mail for a couple days ago, with a request from a young boy. He ask if I would like to be his mentor, because he was going to start up his own company. He got my name from a colleague at work, the colleague was an adept at a mentor program I had 6 years ago. And she told him that he should contact me because I was a good mentor, and could help him.
This was a very pleasant request and I am looking forward to meet him and hear more about his business idea. Maybe I will be traveling with him on his journey as an entrepreneur, I keep you posted.
This is a good story because it shows how important networking is, and how old acquaintances suddenly can give exciting new jobs.
Today I attend a pilot mentorprogram in three counties (Hordaland, Troms and Sogn og Fjordane) within Innovation Norway (www.innovasjonnorge.no). The adepts are young entrepreneurs and mentors are more experienced business people.
It is wonderful to sit and hear a lot of people talk about mentoring and all the benefits. Especially Shahzad Rana (www.questpoint.no) with his long experience as an entrepreneur and in the judge in the program at TV2 (www.tv2.no) «Skaperen», with his dear focus on entrepreneurship. And Jeroen Scüssel (www.startnowcoaching) talking about the tools as an mentor`.
And Ingrid Roynesdal (www.roynesdal.no)talking about here experience with mentors as an adept. With here many years as an tennisplayer (winner of 14 norwegian championship and 15 years as an professional pianist. She has a very long experience as an adept using various mentors.
In the end Jennybeth Ekeland (www.aff.no) was talking about all the myths about adept and mentors and their relationship.
A very good day and I am looking forward to hear more about their year as an entrepreneur with an mentor. Good luck everyone!
Don`t forget that the adept/mentee or coachee is the most important here. The result is far more important than if he has a coach or a mentor. I know this is fuel to the fire but I dare.
We can also be a bit simple in the explanation and say that as a mentor you see it as the responsibility to offer appropriate support, suggestions based on your professional knowledge and even introductions to the adept/mentee.
As a coach you work with the coachee for them to discover their own paths – and to decide what they want to do and who they might ask to be part of their plan.
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