Inspiring And Enabling People
To Make A Difference
I came across this video today and thought it captured perfectly the art of mentoring. It is just a coincidence that the Mentor here is also called Simon. Luckily, he is far too intelligent and skillful to be confused with me! I’m doing a lot of work right now with would-be mentors and the biggest question on their minds when they get started is what type of person do they need to be to be an effective mentor and my answer is always the same, “just bring what you’ve got, because it will always be better than nothing.” It will soon become obvious to both you and the mentee when you have passed on all of your useful experience.
What I particularly liked about this clip is the way that Simon didn’t just jump right in, he let the pup see if he could overcome his fear and work it out for himself first and even when he did decide to help, it was just a quick demonstration at first. It’s almost as if, intuitively, he knew that providing too much assistance would do nothing for the pup’s confidence in the future.
A wonderful clip. What did you get from it?
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