PRESIDENT’S REPORT: More Mentoring: The Why and the How

August 2009
by Carlene Sippola

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by Carlene Sippola

More Mentoring: The Why and the How

Mentor: a trusted friend, counselor, or teacher, usually a more experienced person.

The word mentor gets its origin from Greek mythology, but its first recorded modern use comes from a book entitled Les aventures de Télémaque, published in 1699 and very popular during the 18th century, in which the lead character was called Mentor. There have been many mentoring pairs throughout history—Oprah mentored by Mrs. Duncan (her fourth-grade teacher), Helen Keller mentored by Anne Sullivan, Denzel Washington mentored by Sidney Poitier, Henry David Thoreau mentored by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harry Potter mentored by Professor Dumbledore, Mitch Albom mentored by Morrie Schwartz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart mentored by Johann Christian Bach, Cal Ripken, Jr., mentored by his father. The list goes on and on.

A mentor’s job is to teach a mentee through instructing, coaching, modeling, advising, and telling stories, with the stories being about the mentor’s own experiences in business. A mentor/mentee relationship can be formal or informal. It can last a few hours, several weeks, or a few years. As you can see from the above list, the relationship between the m…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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