Coaching / Mentoring

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a mentor as «a trusted counselor or guide.» Mentor, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, means «a wise and trusted counselor or teacher» and has Greek root meaning of «steadfast and enduring.»

Mentoring is a relationship which gives people the opportunity to share their professional and personal skills and experiences, and to grow and develop in the process.

Mentoring can take place in every facet of life. In the work place it is typically a one-to-one relationship between a more experienced and a less experienced employee. In the church it is usually an older experienced person who has lived long enough to share their trials and tribulations with a younger person, and offering sage practical counsel. It is based upon encouragement, constructive comments, openness, mutual trust, respect and a willingness to learn and share.

“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.”

— John Crosby

The word mentor has been thrown around a lot these days, sometimes interchanged with the word coach. In our 21st century society there are coaches popping up all over the place. There are life coaches, career coaches, dog coaches, marriage coaches, business coaches and the list goes on and on.

TheIlliadI love history, and believe that everything we know today is because we have a past that we can go back to and learn from. The past is our teacher and we would do well to listen to this master teacher and learn. As I researched the subject of a mentor I discovered that the Greek poet Homer first coined the word “mentor” in his epic poem, The Odyssey. A great warrior, Odysseus, knowing he was to be away from his home for many years on a journey, chose a man named Mentor to be the guardian and tutor of his son. As we look back in antiquity we see these one-to-one (mentoring) relationships with such notables as:

  • Socrates and Plato
  • Plato and Aristotle
  • Aristotle and Alexander the Great
  • Paul of Tarsus and Timothy

In each one of these mentor relationships critical knowledge, insight and wisdom was passed on to the mentee who in turn accomplished great things for themselves and their cause. The mentee in turn became a mentor and so it goes today. My role is simply to come along side you and pass on to you some strategies and techniques that I have used in my recruiting practice that have helped hundreds of people not only find the right job at the right time but discover purpose and meaning along the way!

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