Just imagine throwing a pebble in the pond. What do you see? Ripples form directly around the pebble and then radiate outward into wider circles. This analogy shows how something seemingly so small can create a larger ripple effect. The impact is undeniable.
The same holds true for sharing ideas and expertise. Mentoring relationships are an increasingly popular method to create a ripple effect by offering support in this ever-changing world. People are realizing that creating that network is instrumental to their success.
Still, there is often confusion between mentoring and coaching with industry experts being quite protective of the line that differentiates them. As mentoring services take on a deeper role, that line seems to be merging. Historically, mentorship is more of an advisory role, with the mentor sharing their experience and wisdom. They offer answers whereby a coach asks questions that can potentially challenge individuals to change their behaviour.
Instead of dwelling on what makes coaching and mentoring different, it is becoming more common to implement coaching strategies into mentor relationships. This creates a structure so as to deepen the methodology, allowing for coaching techniques to explore issues, set goals, action plan and create accountability.
Crossing that line is why I’ve created Lighthouse’s Mentor Network (check our web site for details), the first of its kind in the Sea to Sky Corridor. Through confidential, facilitated group sessions, everyone fills the role of a peer mentor to share best practices, experience, ideas and wisdom. It is to inspire and be inspired all at the same time.
And just in time to embrace Teacher Appreciation Week. The United States recognizes May 2nd to 6th to honour teachers everywhere. I would venture a guess that there isn’t anybody that has not had a boss, mentor or teacher help him or her along the way, thereby creating that ripple effect. Take a moment to reflect on who has had that impact on you and send them thanks!
“You can get everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want” – author Zig Ziglar