What does it mean to be a mentor? By Simon Hone
What is mentoring?• Mentoring is the encouragement and support sometimes needed by an individual or a team in order for them to achieve goals they have set themselves, maximise their potential and improve their skills.• Mentors can step you through a tough or difficult situation or help you grasp a better understanding of a concept.• Come in all different shapes and sizes.
History of Mentoring• Mentoring has be around for• a long time and will continue to be present for a very long time.• Important in a lot of areas including nursing, teaching and business management.• Was around when caveman were foraging and information was passed down through generations about food and shelter- a constant mentoring process.
Why is mentoring important?• Gives a different perspective about a situation that has occurred. Gives the mentee confidence that they can achieve a set goal.• Gives stability to people, having someone who you can talk to about things going on, not only in your sport but your life is important.
What makes a good mentor?• Be respectful and Assertive• Calm and clear Communicator• Truthful• Working for goals of the mentee and not yourself• Reliable
Role of the Mentee• You are yourself.• Don’t view having a mentor as a get out of jail free card and blame everything on them.• Set yourself goals- your mentor will have some idea about possible goals but you are the best person to set them.
LeBron James• LeBron James is arguably the best player playing today and best of all time.• Some considered he had not made it until he won his first NBA championship last season.• Turned to Hakeem Olajuwon to mentor him and improve aspects of his game.• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM0Ftn2qw1g• This movie shows how LeBron needed that mentoring to gain strength.
Dirk Nowitzki• Dirk was very young when he acquired his mentor- Holger Geschwindner .• He pushed Dirk to higher levels for 16 years culminating in Dirk’s team, the Dallas Mavericks, winning a championship in the 2010-2011 season.• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQOtVcKXgq A• Another really good movie showcasing how dirk made it to where he is today.
Would I like to be a mentor?• Yes I think being a mentor would be a great task, Im not sure if people look at me like a mentor already.• In conclusion mentoring is very important as long as it is undertaken in a correct manor.