Thursday, 4 June 2009


"Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be." Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring

See: What is Mentoring

According to Wikipedia: "The roots of the practice are lost in antiquity. The word itself was inspired by the character of Mentor in Homer's Odyssey. Though the actual Mentor in the story is a somewhat ineffective old man, the goddess Athena takes on his appearance in order to guide young Telemachus in his time of difficulty."

This is an interesting reference since it implies a conscious "coming along side". Someone who could take an "overview" is careful to step into an non-threatening position to provide support from a position of weakness - it is the mentee who is empowered to act, grow and learn...

The concept of "peer mentoring" may be helpful...

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