MENTORS HAVE TO BE LEARNERS, TOO

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A little reflection about whether you are a KNOWER or LEARNER can make the all the difference in the world to successful mentoring partnerships. KNOWERS, as defined here, are those pretty much done with growth. But mentoring is about forming and sustaining learning partnerships. Learning opens minds; knowing closes them.

A mentee who’s working with a KNOWER can easily start to think, “If my mentor isn’t committed to learning and open to change, then why should I value any advice from this source about new approaches, risk-taking, or new ways of thinking?”

Here are some characteristics of being in the Learning Mode from Lee Thayer’s book, Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing.

Thayer is the author who says that conventional thinking routinely leads to conventional results.  Sometimes conventional results are exactly what’s desired–but very often, something better, less costly, faster, higher quality, greater benefit, larger presence, greater return–something NOT in the previous norm, is what is being sought-after.

So spend a few moments and ask yourself as a mentor if you are:
—-being curious
—-being open to contrary ideas or beliefs
—-asking rather than telling
—-growing rather than withering
—-assuming familiar patterns

—-and retreating from high value change.

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About Mentoring Moments

Perrrone-Ambrose Associates specializes in assisting organizations of all sizes and missions to provide mentoring to their employees at every level. We accomplish this by creating mentoring systems and training strategies and programs for mentors and their mentees in establishing helping relationships. We started this blog with objective of sharing what we continue to discover about the mentoring process and by providing a clearinghouse for sharing our readers' experiences in the world of mentoring.

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