Why You Need a Mentor

Mentors are trusted advisors who guide their protégés on their professional development. Here are some articles that I have curated that give compelling reasons to have mentors. Why You Need A Mentor: This is an excellent article by Bloomberg Business Week which goes into the nitty gritty of mentoring – what to expect from mentors and protégés. It even touches on how to search for mentors. 5 Reasons Why You Need a Mentor: Steve Leach writes this article for entrepreneurs but it is applicable to anyone if you look at the ideas broadly. Mentors help you to shape your ideas, hold you accountable, open doors for you and offer different … [Read more...]

Mentorship and Millennials: Is The Tide Changing?

When most professionals think about mentorship, they picture the traditional one-to-one relationship where a more senior person guides and advises a more junior one. However, there are many mentorship models and the smart professional can also include invisible mentoring and self-mentoring into the mix. Though the pace is slow, more women are rising into the most senior levels of organizations, and this is excellent news.  But a new research study of 1,000 college-educated men and women born since 1980 by Bentley University’s Center for Women & Business took a look at Millennials and how they view work, and found that even though … [Read more...]

The Invisible Mentor Week in Review: Little Women, Thomas Jefferson & Deborah Nixon

This is what we talked about on The Invisible Mentor Blog this week: Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President, and Deborah Nixon, Founder, Trust Learning Solutions and MyMoneyMindset. Adventures in Learning Having mentors is an excellent way to accelerate your career, but in their absence, invisible mentors are great substitutes. However, you have to know exactly what you are trying to get from mentors, you have to know what you are trying to achieve in life, and then you have to practice reflective self-mentoring to get to where you need to be. 15 Great Resources for Self-Mentoring  Booked for … [Read more...]

15 Great Resources for Self-Mentoring

Having mentors is an excellent way to accelerate your career, but in their absence, invisible mentors are great substitutes. However, you have to know exactly what you are trying to get from mentors, you have to know what you are trying to achieve in life, and then you have to practice reflective self-mentoring to get to where you need to be. Here is a short video I found on YouTube that talks about reflective self-mentoring. Saundra McGuire on Self-Mentoring Cannot view this video, click here. Uploaded by DowChemicalCompany on Mar 10, 2011  I have mentioned several of the following resources before, but this time, think about how they … [Read more...]

How to Self-Mentor

How to Self-Mentor Last week in the post Self-Mentoring – an Idea for the Twenty-First Century, we delved into the idea of mentoring yourself. We mentioned briefly how to become a self-mentor and how to use The Invisible Mentor blog to mentor yourself. But how do you really mentor yourself, and how can you use resources other than those found on this blog? We mentioned that you have to know yourself, and you have to identify your mentoring needs. Knowing what your needs are allows you to fill those needs. So whenever you meet someone, view it as mentoring in a moment, we can learn from everyone, if we pay attention. Whenever you read, … [Read more...]