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Monday, August 5, 2019

Develop A Mentoring Program

Develop A Mentoring Program
mentoring program
mentoring program

Let’s take a look at some essential criteria in order to develop a mentoring program that builds into a win-win relationship for both the mentor and mentee.
We can design an effective mentoring model from proven best practices over a long history of mentoring. Through some leadership quotes, we can gain the thought process that has gone into relationships between famous mentors and their protégés.
“If I could see further than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants.” - Sir Isaac Newton
History of Mentoring
Some believe the concept of mentoring had its roots with the ancient Greeks, possibly with Socrates, who lived from 470-399 BC as the mentor of the well-known philosopher Plato. Jesus can be well recognized for his mentorship of the disciples. Moving closer to our day, we know of some famous people, but we don’t often recognize their mentor nearly as much.
Here a few very successful mentor and mentee relationships and noted quotes as an example of their life’s inspirational message:
*Helen Keller mentored by Anne Sullivan*
“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” 
- Helen Keller

“Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start over and over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.” - Anne Sullivan
*Dr. Martin Luther King mentored by Dr. Benjamin E. Mays*
“Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” - Dr. Martin Luther King

“It isn’t a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.” - Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
Maybe the most important point that can be learned from studying famous mentors is that before they ever began to mentor anyone they themselves were mentored.
The history of mentoring is very foundational to individual learning in our society. If no one was willing to teach or be taught basic learned principles, nothing progressive would ever come to our civilizations. But it is in a mentor and mentee relationship that people rise above the norm to levels of success that the average person will never know.
Whether you are looking for a personal mentor or looking through history at a host of famous mentors in which to draw your successful thought process, take hold of the experience of those who have gone before you to give you a leg-up to accomplish great things in your life.
Develop a Mentoring Program
You may have heard it said that “experience is the best teacher,” but in reality it is someone else’s experience that is the best teacher. In a relationship with someone coaching you along, you will still have your own experience but with the up-front knowledge of a mentor who has already walked through the minefield ahead of you.
Think of this for a minute: If you had to walk across a minefield and you had no idea where the mines were, would it be better to follow someone who has already taken the time and sweat and stress of doing it successfully and can coach you through?
I will take the mentors direction step-by-step and word-for-word any day over trying to figure it out as I go!
Most likely you will never have to go through a real minefield, but hopefully I've made my point that a decision to develop a mentoring program with someone you can trust with your life can be one of the most important decisions you make in your life.
Consider these steps in creating a mentoring model:
1) Decide why you want a mentor (KNOW what you want). One of my mentors says that there are two things you will have to know in planning to reach your goals – the HOW and the WHY. Know your why – your dream – what it is that moves you. If you don’t know the why, the how does not matter.
2) Find the right person to be your coach and mentor (Respect the mentor, but don’t idolize them / Do not let ego get in the way of learning) 
3) Meet regularly and know what you want to talk about. (Self-analyze and adjust as needed.)
4) Immediately put into effect what you are learning.
5) Don’t give up! (“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” - Vince Lombardi)
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