Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: MT Masterclass - Mentoring

Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: MT Masterclass - Mentoring

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What is it? A mentor is a senior colleague or acquaintance who provides continuous advice to a more junior person. Mentoring is not the same as coaching.

The 'mentee' may have a greater emotional investment in the relationship than should be the case with a coach, and the mentor is not as dispassionate as a coach should be. Mentoring allows an inexperienced manager to benefit from someone with a more seasoned perspective. The mentor may act as a sounding board or as an inspirational role model and may play devil's advocate or simply teach valuable lessons.

Where did it come from? In Greek mythology, Mentor was Odysseus' trusted adviser and friend. In due course, Athena (the goddess of wisdom, not the poster shop) took the form of Mentor and appeared before the wanderer's son Telemachus, also acting as a guide. It has always been a smart career move to latch onto someone at or near the top, and try and draw on their experience (and contacts). …

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