Mentoring Needs Assessment
Whether or not you want a traditional mentor or an invisible mentor, you have to understand what your mentoring needs are to ensure the proper fit. It is important for you to really understand yourself, what is important to you, your goals and aspirations, and where you want to go in life. To do this, you have to invest some time to perform a mentoring needs assessment. I have prepared a Mentoring Program Assessment Worksheet to make the process easier, and it’s my gift to you.
Each action that you take, should bring you closer to where you would like to end up in life. Having a sound understanding of who you really are allows you to make better choices and align with people whose values are similar to your own, and who can assist you to achieve your goals.
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Adventures in Learning: DIY Mentoring Program, Episode Three
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Many mentoring studies tout significant benefits of mentoring relationships, but what most people are not paying attention to is the significant effect of taking control of your development, and learning to mentor yourself. Having a traditional mentor is not at odds with invisible mentors, in fact, they complement each other. And nowadays, having one mentor is simply not enough because no one person can provide you with everything you need from a mentoring relationship.
The Invisible Mentor blog is very much about using the tools and resources that are available to you to develop professionally, and that’s why you will find certain questions in the mentoring needs assessment. If you have spent some time navigating this blog, you will see me writing about Napoleon Hill, who used invisible counselors – similar to invisible mentors – to achieve professional success. In Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century by Napoleon Hill, he writes about his Cabinet of Invisible Counselors.
In another post, I will write about a Roundtable of Invisible Mentors. For you to get the most out of that post once I have written it, you have to use the mentoring needs assessment to identify your invisible mentor needs.
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Author Bio: Avil Beckford, an expert interviewer, entrepreneur and published author is passionate about books and professional development, and that’s why she founded The Invisible Mentor and the Virtual Literary World Tour to give you your ideal mentors virtually in the palm of your hands by offering book reviews and book summaries, biographies of wise people and interviews of successful people.
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