Posts Tagged ‘Mentee’

Stephen R. Covey

July 17, 2012

Stephen R. Covey was probably best known as the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  Covey’s passing was announced in the media yesterday.  And while his broad smile and positive approach to personal development and leadership will be missed, Covey will continue to touch the lives of others through his writings and teachings.

One of the skills that I strive to pass along when training new mentors and mentees is active listening.  Covey once said, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”  So true!  It’s a simple skill that each of us can focus on and improve.  Let’s take the time to really listen to those around us – our co-workers, family members, mentors, and mentees.  It’s amazing how relationships are strengthened and how much we can learn and do when we actively listen!

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Women and Mentoring Feedback

June 14, 2012

Mentors and mentees in a local mentoring program recently provided feedback on their mentoring experience over this past year.  The value of mentoring was highly rated by both the mentors and the mentees.  As always, high number ratings were gratifying to see, but the comments offered the most insight.  One mentee found value in “having time set aside to discuss the issues I have with my work-life balance and business challenges with a neutral third party.”  Said one mentor, “I felt like I was able to provide meaningful advice that was helpful during a time of change within her organization.”  And their biggest challenge over this past year?  Finding the time (or making the time) to meet was mentioned most often by both mentors and mentees.  Surprised?  I’m not.  However, there are so many ways that mentors and mentees can connect and still have a meaningful relationship without taking large chunks of time away from other priorities.  I enjoyed hearing from the mentor who told me that they always walk when they talk, multi-tasking whenever they meet.

Women and Mentoring

May 2, 2012

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working with a mentoring program for women.  This particular mentoring program consists of women mentoring other women.  Currently, there are 60+ women involved in the program.  We are now in the process of training new mentees and new mentors to be matched.  Some of these women are building careers in large corporations.  Some of the women are making a difference for others while employed in non-profit organizations.  Many are bravely striking out on their own as women entrepreneurs, starting their own businesses under tough economic conditions.

Two observations stand out for me from this experience.  First, the quality of the talent, knowledge, and experience that all of these women are willing to share is truly impressive.  They inspire me!  Second, there are many more women who could benefit from the opportunity to develop personally and professionally through a mentoring experience.  They motivate me to do more!

Spring Fever!

March 19, 2012

Those of us living in eastern Wisconsin have had the most amazing weather!  Technically, the calendar still says Winter, but the weather has been saying Spring.  Many people are expecting the normal freezing, cold weather with lots of heavy wet snow to descend on us any day now.  However, I’ve chosen to just enjoy these days of sunshine, warmth, and low heating bills.  I’m energized!  I’m cleaning closets, raking the lawn, and prepping my mountain bike.  I’m also using this time to complete winter mentoring projects, refresh meetings with my mentee, and prepare for the next meeting with my mentor.  Spring is the time of renewal and growth.  Explore the possibilities of personal growth through mentoring!

P.S.  Tomorrow is the first day of Spring!  Really!!

National Mentoring Month

January 30, 2012

President Obama declared January to be National Mentoring Month.  As a result, mentoring has been highlighted in many ways throughout the month.  I especially appreciated hearing personal success stories from several mentors and mentees during the month.  But, hey, January is almost over!  (How did that happen?)  Mentoring goes on all year – not just in January!  Mentors will continue to share their knowledge and experience to guide and coach others; while mentees will continue to seek out individuals who can contribute to their personal and professional development.  If you’re not in a mentoring relationship now, feel free to contact me to find out how you can get involved as a mentor or mentee – or both.  Don’t wait until next January.  The amount of time and effort is small, but the rewards are great!

Go Green Bay Packers!

January 12, 2012

I’m going to be cheering for the Green Bay Packers this coming Sunday, as they advance in the playoffs.  Did you know that the Packers organization sponsors mentoring too?  Who knew?!!   In addition to their mentoring program set up within the Packer organization to develop its new team members, the Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program matches mentor companies within Brown County to protégé companies who are looking to improve in the areas of technology, management, finance, etc.  AFF Research is administering this program on behalf of the Packers.  Call 920-884-5006 or e-mail to aff@affresearch.com.  The deadline to apply is January 31.

Progress!

January 9, 2012

Is it me, or is mentoring getting more attention lately?  I am certainly attuned to mentoring, so perhaps I just notice it more, but I do believe that mentoring became more newsworthy in 2011.

A few recent local examples were:

  • Growth of mentoring programs in support of personal and professional growth, such as within the Mid-Day Women’s Alliance.
  • Highlighting of volunteer mentors like Roxanne Mehlberg for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • Implementation of mentoring programs to ensure the smooth transition of board members, as for the Harbor House Domestic Abuse Program.
  • Recognition of All Star Mentors within the NEW (Northeast Wisconsin) Manufacturing Alliance.
    • Cynthia Schmoller – Sargento Foods, Inc
    • Mike Masar – Georgia-Pacific

There are many more examples I could cite; but at the same time, there are many more people within industry, non-profit organizations, and our communities nationwide that could benefit from having a mentor or becoming a mentor.  As our economy continues to improve in 2012, mentoring must play a greater role in triggering innovation and filling the current skill deficit.

Matching Mentees with Their Mentors

October 15, 2011

I am often asked how matches are made within the Mid-Day Mentoring Program that was mentioned in my previous blog entry.  In the Mid-Day Mentoring Program, both mentors and mentees complete confidential questionnaires.   Mentees rank areas of focus that they would like to receive mentoring in.  These areas of focus are the starting point for the match.  Mentors are then selected for each mentee based on their knowledge and experience, as indicated in their completed questionnaires.  Of course, there is also some “matching magic” involved!  That’s when hobbies and other common interests are considered to ensure that both the mentee and mentor will find elements on which to build a fulfilling mentoring relationship.  I recently received the following e-mail message from one of the mentors:  “met with my mentee today…  lovely woman… luv her… you did a great match… i think it’s mutual…”  I ask you, now how cool is that?!!

Mid-Day Mentoring Program

October 13, 2011

A Mentoring Program was established for the Mid-Day Women’s Alliance in Appleton, WI early last year.   As a co-chair for that program, I am pleased to report that the program not only continues to grow, but it is also attracting new members to the  organization.  Women who are interested in participating in the program have responded to our program’s publicity and are getting involved, either as a mentee or mentor.  More than 40 area individuals are currently participating in the mentoring program which offers training to mentors and mentees along with the opportunity to experience a confidential and trusting  relationship.  Anyone interested in becoming members and participating in the program should contact the Mid-Day Women’s Alliance at middaywa@gmail.com.

Mentoring to Make a Difference

September 25, 2011

October 22 will be Make a Difference Day.  On that Saturday, each of us is urged to reach out and do something good for others.  David Gregory of Meet the Press wrote an article for today’s USA Weekend.  He urges each of us to do something that will make a real difference for someone.  In the article, Gregory describes the powerful mentoring relationship he has with a young man from Haiti.  He says, “I feel as if it’s a real fulfillment of my potential.”  The simple act of mentoring involves giving of ourselves and our time to another person and is the most valuable gift we can bestow.

There are lots of things we can do to make a difference for others on that one day or over the course of many months.  Think about what you will do – become a mentor, shop for a shut-in, read to a child, volunteer at a local animal shelter, or whatever fits with your time and talents.  We’ll all be better for it.