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Mentoring

Published by David V. Barth at Smashwords

Copyright 2012 by David V. Barth

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Preface

This is a short discussion about how more experienced persons can mentor those who are less experienced or who possess less knowledge. This document contains approximately 2,720 words.

Mentoring: How to Succeed in Business and in Life

Although mentoring has been touched on in some business books, there has not been sufficient emphasis in the use of it for individuals wishing to become successful in their chosen field of work as well as in life. Very few educational institutions provide mentoring courses that tell how a person can become a mentor and how those who could benefit from it can find and “groom” a mentor.

It is possible to wend one's way through life without a mentor, but it is neither efficient nor a good plan for success. Without someone to provide guidance, a person is liable to make mistakes that could have been avoided. Having a mentor can put a person on a faster-track to success.

Mentoring can exist in several forms. One example is an informal association of two or more peers who talk about issues among themselves and learn from each other's experiences. A similar situation exists in a relationship with a spouse or life-partner where one or both individuals discuss work issues at home at the end of the day. In the first example, where all of the individuals are at approximately the same experience level, the quality of advice may lack substance due to the "blind leading the blind." A similar situation exists in the case of a spouse or life partner, with the addition of emotion which can be undesirable in a mentoring situation.

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