We all fall into the trap of refusing to teach the next person what we know so they don’t get to know better than we do. The thought that they add our knowledge to theirs to have a bigger and broader knowledge. Read more

What is Mentorship?

Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger, but have a certain area of expertise. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn. Mentorship experience and relationship structure affect the “amount of psychosocial support, career guidance, role modeling, and communication that occurs in the mentoring relationships in which the protégés (mentees) and mentors engaged.” Read more

One of the first records of a “mentor” is found in Homer’s The Odyssey. A wise man named Mentor is given the task of educating Odysseus’ son, Telemachus. When Odysseus went to fight in the Trojan War, he entrusted the care of his kingdom and his son to Mentor, a wise and trusted counselor. Read more

“Your business is scaling your business.”

It’s a simple observation, but an important one, shared by Dermalogica CEO and founder Jane Wurwand last week at the inaugural Circular Summit in Houston. She was one of many accomplished female founders who’d converged to talk about what’s needed to grow women-led businesses. Read more

Culled from Peer Resources

Not everyone will make the same mistake I did. I skied into an area that was posted as dangerous. A week later I woke up in hospital with a permanent injury to my spinal cord. I would never be able to walk, let alone ski. I was in constant pain. As far as I was concerned my life was over. I would need a wheelchair for the rest of my life. I would forever be dependent on others; no driving my car, no job, no dating, etc. Who would want to be with a cripple? I know I wouldn’t. I had visitors for awhile, but eventually they stopped coming. My attitude and condition was probably too much for them. I felt completely helpless, hopeless, and despondent. One day a guy with a grey beard wheeled in to see me. He crashed right into my bed and let out a cheery, “Whoops!” That was my introduction to Matt. He lost his legs in a car crash. He knew what I was thinking before I knew it myself. But he listened to my self-pity and endless complaining. And he always asked me, at the end of my diatribe, “What do you want to do about it?” Often he would share with me what he did about it—the struggles, the frustrations, the disappointments. He told me about his job in a computer warehouse, about his play-making ability on a wheels basketball team, and he told me about the wonderful relationship he had with his girlfriend. But mostly he listened and challenged me to get on with my life. I’m playing on the same basketball team now, and I even outscored him.
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Why has the Lion remained the king of the jungle and the Eagle the king of the air?

The answer is the simplest you can imagine. Successive successful mentoring is what had led to their successive successful succession. From a very young age, the cub is taught how to hunt and kill. Initially the learning is restricted to “stand by and watch while the pros do it” and gradually as the cub advances in age, it starts to participate gradually by joining the hunting team. Sharpening it’s skills by hunting smaller animals like rabbits but remaining hopeful to one day be able to join the buffalo killer squad. To become another king of the jungle. Read more