Is mentoring only for the young?

I’ve discussed many aspects of mentoring in the past. In an earlier post I’ve addressed the question of whether you need to be an expert before you can undertake the role of mentor. In this post I’d like to look at the target market for mentoring. The most common image of mentoring is the “elder” […]

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What is the relationship between coaching and mentoring?

In past posts I’ve looked at the difference between coaching and mentoring, why you might need a mentor and how to find a good mentor. In this post I’d like to look at the relationship between coaching and mentoring. I believe that while coaching can stand alone, mentoring requires some initial coaching with the mentee […]

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Do you ever have feelings of not being good enough?

It’s a cold rainy day here in Mount Martha, Victoria, Australia. The wood burning stove is on and I’m watching an Aussie rules game of football on the television. How good then to get a call from a client, George, with whom I haven’t spoken to in over twelve months. George runs a very successful […]

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Who is the real you?

I remember participating in a culture session when I was part of Shirlaws, the global coaching company. The facilitator issued us with lots of paper and ask us to create a number of face masks. Each mask was to represent the different personas that we presented to the world. Everyone there seemed to have no […]

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Born to Mentor or Learn to Mentor

Let me say right up front that I don’t think every person can be a good mentor. Yes you might be successful, have had a wonderful career and a long-term happy marriage. But does that mean you are capable of being an effective mentor. Not necessarily! In my experience many successful people lack self awareness. […]

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Fear is the natural reaction when getting closer to the truth!

I’m writing this post at 35000 feet on my way from Sydney to Hamilton Island. My wife is across the aisle and I’m on my way to spend the weekend working with the management team of a new client. I will be presenting and facilitating for two days and I’m feeling excited and confident. Cast […]

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