Essential Empathy

violin-2 The ability to sense what someone else is feeling, to understand major elements of another’s circumstances is essential to mentoring. For example, there is the story of a technically gifted violinist who was told by his professor, after years of training and rehearsals, to give up on a concert career. Why? Because he had no interest or inclination to make someone else’s thoughts or emotions his own.

This skilled performer couldn’t get past his self-concern. He wasn’t able to develop empathy for audience members. Because of this, he couldn’t communicate TO them since they felt no vital connection FROM him.

Mentees need to feel Mentors’ affinity for them and for their concerns. When that connection is generated, the mentoring process becomes natural and successful, furthering growth of both Mentor and Mentee in achieving life and career goals.

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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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