Friday, February 6, 2015

Dance with waves (Anouar Brahem)

I had to put together a PD presentation on mentoring for the staff recently. 

It was hard for me to go past the definition of a mentor from Tuesdays With Morrie (by Mitch Albom): 
Maybe it was a grandparent, a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and impassioned, helped you to see the world as a more profound place, and gave you sound advice to guide your way through it.
Equally hard for me not to include the Yoda mentor-ship of Luke from The Empire Strikes Back or this Kid President from the awesome Soul Pancake folks.

Both these sources emphasise being:

•Sharing expertise
•Encouraging/ supporting
•Giving honest feedback
•Understanding, helpful
•Giving sound advice

That captures, for me, what a mentor truly is.

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