Posts Tagged ‘Mentor Training’

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

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!

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.

My Extreme Makeover

August 20, 2010

I’m back from a family vacation where we biked the trails, walked the beach, roasted marshmallows over a campfire, read books, and laughed over silly jokes.  We visited the Chocolate Chicken and explored the back roads rarely traveled.  It was a quiet, tranquil time of refreshment. 

I returned home to find my community the site of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  This is the television program that builds a house in less than a week for a selected family.  The father of the family that was chosen to receive the new home is known as a popular music teacher as well as a mentor for youth to prevent childhood obesity.  It was amazing to see the community – contractors, volunteers, the media, security personnel, and spectators – coming together in support of the family.  One couldn’t help but get caught up in the excitement and energy – an opportunity to give back to someone who has given much.

So now, I feel as if I’ve had an extreme makeover.  I am refreshed and energized by what I’ve seen and experienced.   In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be conducting both mentor and mentee training sessions, helping others learn how to maximize their potential through mentoring!