Adventures in Learning: Goddess Athena & a Brief History of Mentoring

Greek Goddess Athena The Greek Goddess Athena was born as a full grown adult, sprouting out of the head of her father, Zeus, in full body armour. She is the Goddess of war and strategy, the arts, wisdom and intelligence and also a protectress of the city. Athena had a soft spot for King Odysseus. In Roman mythology, Athena is known as Minerva. Brief History of Mentoring and Goddess Athena When King Odysseus left to fight in the Trojan War, he left his dear friend Mentor in charge of his young son Telemachus. Twenty years had gone by, yet Telemachus and his mother Penelope did not know if Odysseus was alive or dead. In The Odyssey … [Read more...]

Profile of Wisdom – Thomas Carlyle, British Historian, Essayist and Leading Social Critic of Victorian England

Thomas Carlyle, British Historian, Essayist and Leading Social Critic of Victorian England “Thomas Carlyle, the nineteenth-century British historian and essayist believed that leaders shape and determine history.... was convinced that “history is the biography of great men,” the greatest of them being kings. The very word king, Carlyle contended, derives from the ancient word Can-ning, which means “Able-man” (although his etymology can be disputed). In Carlyle’s view, the Ablemen (and Ablewomen) of the human species direct the course of history and determine humanity’s destiny.” New Dictionary of the History of Ideas Name: Thomas … [Read more...]

Adventures in Learning: DIY Mentoring Program

Mentor Yourself: DIY Mentoring Program In the recent mentoring survey by the social network LinkedIn, a large percent of women reported that the reason they didn’t have a mentor was because no one had asked them. This is the first in a series that will assist you in taking control of your career by creating your own personal mentoring program. Instead of waiting to be asked if you would like to be mentored, you will learn how to take the initiative in finding appropriate mentors for yourself. It may seem weird to you that there is such a thing as a do-it-yourself mentoring program. We have been conditioned to think of mentoring in a … [Read more...]

A Tale of a Mentor

Image via Wikipedia I know that you must be wondering,"What an odd name for a post." I do not think that I have ever related the story behind the name Mentor. In Homer’s Odyssey, when Odysseus also known as Ulysses, the Greek King of Ithaca, left to fight in the 10-year Trojan War, he left his old friend Mentor in charge of his household and his young son Telemachus. Mentor as himself is not mentioned that much in the Odyssey, which I have read. However, it is interesting that in this epic poem, the immortal Goddess Athena, disguises herself as Mentor, and encourages Telemachus to stand up to the men who are courting his mother … [Read more...]

What Does Mentoring Mean?

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Definition of Mentoring: The modern usage of mentor - trusted friend, counsellor or teacher - first appeared in François Fénelon’s Les Aventures de Telemaque in 1699, Wikipedia (2009).  Dictionary.com has a similar definition for a mentor, “Wise and trusted counsellor or teacher, an influential senior sponsor or supporter.”  And Wikipedia notes that “Mentors provide their expertise to less-experienced individuals to help them advance their careers, enhance their education.”   An important aspect of professional success involves participating in mentoring programs. And now more than ever, during these challenging economic times, … [Read more...]