How to Be a Good Mentor

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The Art of Mentorship

The Art of Mentorship

I just posted a short presentation to slideshare: The Art of Mentorship

3 Types of Mentor

  • Sponsor (or Advocate) – puts their reputation on the line and takes responsibility for your personal success. Protege = “one who is protected”. Protege must do everything in his power to make the sponsor look good, or is wasting the sponsors time. “you provide a perspective that I otherwise would not have”; must be senior and influential, must be willing to make a stand
  • Experienced Guide – “so, what’s your next step?” helps you learn to trust your own decisions.  I personally have learnt to trust my own decision making processes in people decisions (hiring, firing, recruiting) from my recent mentors.
  • Coach – focus on performance improvement, sets clear goals, asks good questions to widen your perspective; seniority not necessary if can establish good credible relationship

5 Powerful Mentor Questions

  1. What is it that you really want to be and do?
  2. What are you doing really well that is helping you get there?
  3. What are you not doing well that is preventing you from getting there?
  4. What will you do differently tomorrow to meet those challenges?
  5. Where do you need the most help? (Who can help you?)

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  4. Wow, some of the things I’ve read here have really astonished me.

    – Carson

  5. John, not only I studied in IESE but I have attended several different seminars and courses, and it does seem to me that you went to a different IESE that I did…maybe you did not learn much or you missunderstood everything. What a waste!

  6. What a piece of shit John. I also studied there, at the IESE, an no one show me that. If you need this to give publicity to your book IT must be rubish. Good luck with your rubish book.

  7. I am working on a book called, “How I learned to be a Psychopath.” It tells of my time at IESE Business School where I learned how to exploit the poor and foreigner in order to gain more money for myself.

    One of the most effective pieces of advice that I gained from IESE was to use people’s religion, such that they still have one, against them. In 2004 we had a guest speaker explaining to use how people are especially vulnerable with their faith. Christians in particular tend to be kind to those in need and are easiest to exploit.

    One hangup that I had was stealing from elderly widows, but then an Opus Dei mentor trained me to see it not as stealing from a person, for these weak people are simple animals to be exploited, not unlike a donkey beaten to drive the cart. Opus Dei and its members are destined to rule the world, and I am so pleased that I have found a mentor who can help me join them on their psychopathic quest. Yay!

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