Archive for February, 2011

Become a mentor/mentored
February 19, 2011

What is mentoring?
Oxford University Press dictionary (OUPD) defines a mentor as an experienced and trusted adviser trains and counsels new employee or students. Mentoring is what a mentor does as defined herein, however to add, the “training” and advice should be aimed at developing specific skills and knowledge that will
enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth. A mentor can be anybody and he leads by example and is a role model

Work of a mentor

  • Teach about a specific subject/issue.
  • Coaching (this giving private or specialized teaching)-OUPD on a particular skill.
  • Share resources and networks which facilitate the mentoree’s growth.
  • Challenge the mentored to aim higher.
  • Create a safe and conducive learning environment for taking risks.
  • Focus should be on all round development of the mentored.

All this should focus on developing the inexperienced professionally and personally.

Benefits of mentoring to an organization

  • Builds and enhances team and work group performance
  • Motivates sales production
  • Improves management and leadership
  • Deepens commitment to personal, professional and organizational goals, and
  • Promotes diversity awareness and leveraging
  • Encourages retention
  • Reduces turnover costs
  • Improves productivity
  • Enhances professional development.

Mentoring benefits to the inexperienced – the mentoree

  • Develop skills you already have
  • Learn new skills
  • Get unbiased, confidential support
  • Fresh perspectives on issues are gained
  • Gets advice, suggestions and options
  • Gains from the mentor’s expertise
  • Receives critical feedback in key areas,
  • Develops a clear focus on what is needed to grow personally and professionally
  • Learns specific skills and knowledge that are relevant to personal goals
  • Networks with a more influential employee
  • Gains knowledge about the organization’s culture and unspoken rules

Different mentoring models for a formal program

  • One-On-One Mentoring
  • Resource-Based Mentoring
  • Group Mentoring
  • Training-Based Mentoring
  • Executive Mentoring

Can we learn anything from the Eagle
February 16, 2011

I have on so many occasions read about the eagle bird, the bird with the longest life span in all the bird species. Many have written about this awesome creature, and I always used to wonder why America, considered the most powerful nation has got it on her emblem. This great bird has an amazing life which all of us can pick a leaf from, from its strong and outstanding characteristics to its way of survival is all amazing. One has to read and keep reading and then the appreciation of this  will be inevitable.

eagle's way

In our lives either as entrepreneurs or employees, we can in one way or many relate to the eagle for example eagles way of training their younger ones relates to us being mentored which i think all us should do: either mentor someone or have a mentor. As the eagle soars highest in the skies so should we in all we do make the sky out limit-exploit all our potentials maximally. Lets keep learning, unlearning and re-learning.

Mustard Seed
February 12, 2011

The mustard seed is the smallest of all shrabs but grows up to be one of the biggest in the wilderness. In business starting small especially for small businesses is vital. The biggest thing you need t start point is your passion together with other attributes will lead to steady growth. Like plants if not all start with a seed and then germinates sprouts and the rest becomes history so is starting smart. Just as the plant-mustard seed encounters harsh conditions, you will also inevitable encountered challenges but take heart these will only make you better.