Volume 2, Issue 8 | August 2018
Mentorships: How Have You Learned & Shared?

Knowledge is great, but insight is even better. Fortunately, in a mentorship, knowledge is shared with a heavy dose of insight -- the mentor's translation of that knowledge -- and refinement to get to the most critical points of that topic, field, position, industry, etc.

Overall, the mentorship can save so much time, energy, and effort because a mentor can provide guidance which helps the mentee avoid a good amount of the trial, errors, and frustration of interpreting the knowledge on his or her own.

Mentorship applies to leadership in that everyone involved evolves and gains so much. The mentee sharpens themselves by learning. The mentor sharpens themselves by taking stock of all the knowledge they hold, and sharing it. It's about recognizing, harnessing, and sharpening the knowledge and resources for improvement and development. It reminds everyone involved to keep working to improve themselves and the institution as well if the relationship is brokered by a company.

The Coach It Out Podcasts this month cover mentorship. In Everyday Leaders, I speak with Brent Robertson, co-founder at Fathom. It was perfect timing to have included his interview in this newsletter as he talks about the importance of his own mentors in his career, the power of people fully expressing themselves in everything they do, and importance of conspiring with others to deliver our best. Quickshots covers the blog post Mentorships Are The Connections That Bring All The Pieces Together. In The Books covers two books this month -- One Minute Mentoring and Mentoring 101. The Self 60 speaks to the item Mentor: Find One/Be One.

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There is no better tool to help develop one person, while refining and reinvigorating another, than a mentorship. Mentoring is advantageous because it saves time, transfers knowledge, and provokes deeper thought for everyone involved with the work at hand. As with leadership, mentoring is about tapping into the true knowledge, ability, skills, and desires of those in the ranks, utilizing all relevant resources.
Your Monthly Check-In
Topic: Mentoring

What have you gained from the mentors in your life?

Who do you go to who can provide guidance to you on your path, be it work- or life-related?

How many mentors do you have, depending on the various needs and areas you're focusing on?

How have you paid it forward and mentored someone else, if available?
Great Reads for Mentoring

What Failure Looks Like As A Mentor

In Mentors' Words

The Mentor's Approach
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Episode 7 - Guest  
Brent Robertson

Founder and Partner

Fathom - Website

Organizational Development
& Transformation

In this episode, Brent covers the experiences in his life which led him to co-found Fathom, an organizational development and transformation firm, with his business partner. Through Fathom's mission, Brent is able to combine the driving forces that have always been present in his life -- the power of what is now and the never-ending possibilities of what has yet to be created.

As you listen to Brent's words, he conveys the importance of bringing the best out of everyone, drawing out that which is not easily seen, and which is way too valuable to go untapped. He had great people in his past tap into and draw out who he was, and he's paying it forward through his work in helping others.

That's what Fathom does: It helps each client "design a future worth fighting for." It's the urgency in that appeal that makes Brent's work so unique. He asks everyone to go further, to find the value deep inside.

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Episode 15
by John C. Maxwell
These two books provide their own level of insight into the mentoring relationship. One Minute Mentoring demonstrates at a general level how mentorships should work, what should be considered, and who should benefit. Mentoring 101 ties mentorship more closely to leadership mentoring and provides a deeper dive into the method of understanding and analyzing mentoring relationships, in order to get the most effectiveness out of them.

Both books supplement leadership because mentorship is a method by which to build others around us, which is a leader's greatest responsibility. These books are both great introductions to mentorship and the process by which the participants can best learn about themselves and their abilities. The key understanding to mentorship is that both sides should benefit from this partnership.

These books can serve anyone who is curious about mentorships, or who is seeking to refine their mentoring relationship, whether it's a personal endeavor or if it is set by organizational policy. These two books together provide a solid foundation upon which to build the mentor relationship.
Provides a deeper breakdown of issues, ideas, and concepts covered in the Coach It Out Blog

Episode 18

Mentoring is a powerful tool and experience. Both the mentor and the mentee can gain from the relationship, with each side walking away more refined and better prepared for having partaken in, and extracted advantages from, the relationship.
Provides a deeper breakdown of each of
the items on  The Self 60  list. 

Episode 17

Mentorship is a two-way street. Both sides learn from each other. You get the best of both worlds -- the curiosity of the mentee with the experience of the mentor. The mentoring relationship gets both participants farther than if they had worked alone. They sharpen each other by sharing their experiences and wisdom.
Go Above And Beyond
The Benefit of Going One Step Further

"A mentor gives you friendly advice," says Hewlett. "A sponsor is senior in your organization or world and has the power to get you that next job. It's not about empathy."

Mentorship is priceless. That's why it has this entire issue dedicated to it. It's key, and provides a great foundation for any organization or career. But also keep in mind how much more you can do for someone. Aside from traditional mentoring, where the relationship may stop at the day-to-day interactions, how do you determine what else you can provide for the mentee?

In the three levels of support, one can provide quick support in the moment (everyday general support), or deeper guidance for the needs of the phase or responsibilities (mentoring), or greater follow-up with someone as they reap the benefit of the support they've received to date, making their way up through their career (sponsoring).
Session Confessions
Trends I See In Coaching In:  Mentoring

Mentoring is not what most people think it is -- a one-sided relationship which merely provides information and knowledge. It is, instead, an avenue for a sharing of ideas and an exchange of wisdom. Both sides will benefit, and this needs to be understood before the relationship can begin. There are lessons from mentoring that can be drawn into general leadership:

Be Dedicated - Know what your environment is all about. Be ready to provide what you can to that environment and the people in it.

Dig Deeper - Don't just work on the façade of the people in your environment. Go deeper to draw out what is important to others and what it is they can provide -- like no one else -- to your shared environment.

Go Beyond Mentoring - If you can't help with something directly, take a little more ownership of the relationship and that person's future, and work with them to find resources that can fill in those unmet gaps.

Follow Up - Don't just look at your relationship as a time-bound assignment, go in for the long run, following up with people to see what they're doing, how much better they've gotten, and what else you may possibly provide.
End Quote
" Leaders can’t just think about the here and now as they lead. They need to be aware of the footing upon which they leave an organization, group, or mission when they move on. " ( Read More )

Mentorship ties into leadership when it comes to realizing what you're setting up for the future -- who you're setting up for the future. 

Leadership and mentoring are not only about the work you're doing now -- with the organization or with another individual, respectively -- it's about guiding others to build off of their own abilities when you're no longer around. Your leadership and mentoring ability continue to create impact and a ripple effect from how you prepare others for a future of both uncertainty and possibility.
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