Identifying the right Mentor by Rodger Harding

Identifying the right Mentor The volume of comment and messages received in recent weeks, clearly shows that my 4-part mentorship series in collaboration with the Invisible Mentor has not covered all bases (Mentorship Program Relevance Today: Against a backdrop of  shifting mentee requirement)! The missing gap, distilled from diverse questions, would be dealing with the ability of the mentee to identify the right mentor! “How do I know what type of mentor to look for?” “What can I do to ensure I have the right mentor?” As a firm believer that identifying and responding to specific … [Read more...]

Is Sponsorship the new Mentorship? By Rodger Harding

Is Sponsorship the new Mentorship?  Outcome vs. Empowerment The almost imperceptible ebb of Mentorship programs, and the corresponding rise of Sponsorship initiatives in corporate circles, perhaps warrants a look at their underlying differences: Much like Mentorship, the concept of Sponsorship has been around forever!  While Mentorship is the disinterested effort of a Mentor to identify, understand, engage and enable full Mentee potential (standing free of outcomes), Sponsorship is the focused effort of the Sponsor to ensure an individual achieves identified career goals. For … [Read more...]

Is Corporate Mentorship Passé? By Rodger Harding

Is Corporate Mentorship Passé? By Rodger Harding  Things fall apart…. The centre cannot hold” - W.B. Yeats We know that fads come and go … then often resurge … the same deal dressed in a different package…! Conversely, there are many constants - Since time began, perhaps a most basic reality is that people strive to be the best they can; another constant is that no person is an island… We all need help in achieving our goals. There is no doubt that we benefit from a like-minded assistance - Being seen, understood, engaged and assisted… for who we really are… and who we might … [Read more...]

Power of the Master Mind

Power of the Master Mind This is the fifth and last blog post in the series based on Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, and today we focus on the power of the master mind, which is the ninth step in the 13 steps to success. Being a member of a master mind, peer-mentoring, or co-mentoring group is important because as they say, ‘two heads are better than one.’ Imagine the benefits when you have five or so people to brainstorm with or bounce ideas off. When Napoleon Hill refers to the power of the Master Mind, his expectation is that there are at least three people. I was in a … [Read more...]

3 Mentoring Tips – What Mentoring Isn’t

In mentoring relationships, mentors guide and advise their protégés. The most successful mentorship partnerships are high trust relationships, where those involved, value and respect each other. Mentors advise their protégés but they cannot force them to accept the advice. Ever heard of the saying, you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink it? It’s something like that. Protégés have the right to decide if the advice they receive is in their best interest. Mentors and protégés must listen actively to each other, which helps them to understand who they are and their … [Read more...]