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Mentoring

Becoming a mentor was not a direct path for me.  Even though I inspired people with my perseverance and common sense, I had no inclinations for a corner office position, (I often joke about passing up the corner offices in a fight to get to the server room) and this is often a trait that is expected for someone who is titled with “Mentor.”

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In the five years in an official mentoring capacity, I’ve learned as much as I feel I’ve imparted among those I’ve mentored.  I now find others asking me for advice on how to become a mentor or how to mentor more effectively and I do have some advice on that topic I’d like to share.

Becoming a Mentor

As I mentor both men and women, I can verify that each gender commonly requires different things in a mentor.  Men will often want to know WHAT they can do to attain success.  They are looking for contacts, a network of opportunities and examples they can duplicate.  The guys rarely want anything than some quick advice and definitely don’t want to talk to other men that are being mentored by me… </p />
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