Hopefully this week you’ve been convinced that choosing to mentor someone would be a good idea. Naturally, this week’s coaching challenge is all about taking the next step – how can you find a mentee? Following are a few ideas to spur your imagination and creativity.
Here we go….
- When a new employee comes to your company or someone is reorganized to your team, take the opportunity to show them the ropes. They’ll appreciate it and you’ll likely gain new perspective of your role through their eyes. Remember to do this from a humble place; never be condescending to those who are new to their job.
- Are there teens or young adults in your life? Listen to what they say in conversation as they are often seeking to learn more. Simply having gone through those years of making life-changing decisions makes you a candidate to mentor and be a sounding board.
- Volunteer. There are many programs out there looking for mentors. As I mentioned earlier this week, I have worked with young mothers through the Jeremiah Program. Boys and Girls Club of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters are other organizations that come to mind. Again, your life experiences will bring a wealth of knowledge and understanding to a young person’s life when you volunteer in these circumstances.
- Let others know you are willing and available to be a mentor. Tell your manager, your peers, your pastor, your friends – whoever makes sense – that you are looking to make a difference in another person’s life. You may be surprised by what opportunities come to light.
And now, go do it. Block off an hour in your calendar next week to act on this. Get ready to make a real, lasting impact in the life of another human being. You have so much to give. Go give it.