Mentorship and Me Part 8 - Peggy Edwards - Saturday's Thoughts

Posted by | February 04, 2012 | Mentee Blog Posts | No Comments

In the beginning Thursday Thoughts! were interesting but easy, now they are getting harder and mean exposing the real you for others to see. This is scary to me, despite this world with the internet, when everyone can see what you are doing and saying. Defining yourself by a record or a moment in time can make you feel vulnerable. However the one-to-one relationship with a mentor doesn’t (or shouldn’t) make you feel that way at all. My mentor probably knows more about me and how I tick than ANYONE I know. That relationship needs to be based upon trust, honesty and respect; trust that the conversation doesn’t go further but also trust that that person won’t think you are completely mad! But you do need that honesty to get the most out of the relationship, what you may think is a different facet of your personality can be explained as just another way a deeply ingrained trait is revealed. Respect is also needed, respecting the view of the mentor and also respecting that fact that they are taking all your emotional baggage on board as well. It takes a very special person to do that…

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  • Aresko says:

    So much is a question of trust Peggy: be that teamwork, good friendships, or even building a business relationship. Mentoring relies wholly upon it of course – you have to dig deep and ask the mentee to confront themselves with the questions they might not wish to either hear or begin to answer. Change will never come otherwise and the only person in denial will be the mentee at that stage. The quicker the trust is forged, the earlier the signs of progress and I honestly believe that, after our dinner earlier this week, progress is very much alive and well. Keep up the good work, I’m enjoying it hugely 🙂

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