Sue Crook, a retired elementary school teacher from Iowa, says what mentors everywhere say: I had always wanted to help others after I had been helped so much. This is the circle of mentorship. A person receives help and then has a desire to do the same for someone else. What most people don't realize is there is a desire to give back that is even greater than the desire to receive. Mentors understand this concept and derive great pleasure from seeing their mentees grow and thrive under their guidance. The saying Tis better to give than to receive is actually true!read more
Belle Frank, a prolific mentor, has some advice for all of us: Try to work with people you respect. This sounds so simple, but the impact is great. Surrounding ourselves with people we admire, respect and value gives us firm ground to work from. From this inspiration, collaboration and friendships will follow.read more
Have you heard Get a mentor or, become a mentor? This isn't as difficult as it once was. We no longer have to physically work with someone, live or work in the same city, or even the same country. As Dorie Clark so profoundly said the gatekeepers have been eliminated. Indeed they have! There aren't any walls keeping us from communicating with others. We are living in an age without walls. Social media, Skype and Zoom have eliminated the gatekeepers from our ability to connect with others. Whether near or far, we are able to connect with others! So, what better time than now to get a mentor or become a mentor?read more
There is truth in the words Al Alcorn, creator of Pong, and pioneer in the field of computers and games said It is a great personal reward to have an impact on people. Knowing that we make a difference in the lives of others isn't something to take lightly. In fact, knowing we make a difference allows us to feel connected to a person, people, our community, and the world. The reward is knowing our life made an impact on the world.read more
How much time do you spend on your computer? How about texting on your phone? Oh, and watching television? If you are like almost everyone, you spend way too much time on devices, binging on television, listening to podcasts and way too little time engaging in meaningful conversation with others. Real dialogues. You know, the kind where you listen to what the other person is saying, and learning from the conversation. The kind of dialogue where responses are genuine, not prepared answers being developed while the other person is speaking.
Well, if you haven't given much thought to the dialogical experience, now is the perfect time to put the devices away, shut off the tv and grab a cup of coffee with that client, friend, mentee, or family member. Reconnect and reboot meaningful connections.read more
Blog Post The first mentor leads to more mentors. Thomas -Tom- Matt Radio HostWho comes to mind when you think of mentor? An experienced professional or professor? Radio show host usually doesn't come to mind. But, Tom is just that. His story leading to mentorship is an interesting one...a path many have been down, but not all lead to mentorship. Here is his story.read more
Mentoring isn't recent. There are heaps of examples from the Bible, it was formally named in Greek mythology (Mentor was a character), and not so long ago the mentoring relationship we now think of was referred to as an apprenticeship.
So, what is the big deal? Well, we at The MENTOR Project, think our greatest resources are being wasted. The brains, knowledge, values and culture of those who've successfully crafted a skill, innovated, are experienced, and who want to give back. We know the benefits of having a mentor, but did you know there are many, many individuals who've paved the way in industry, who have expertise in a variety of disciplines, and they don't know how or where to pass on their wisdom. We also know that the benefits of giving back (as mentors do) are at least as great as the benefits to the mentees.
The MENTOR Project aims to shed light on the benefits of mentorship from the perspective of the mentor, and to bring mentors and mentees together. One way we are doing this is by pairing tech, math, engineer, science and other experts with kids in the classrooms, the community, and online. We believe it is time to capture the great thinkers, leaders, and innovators and harness the opportunities mentorship provides them and the next generation.