Mentoring, according to Merriam-Webster, is to give advice and instruction to (someone) regarding the course or process to be followed.
Seen as a trusted counselor or guide, a mentor is one who, because he is detached and disinterested, can hold up a mirror to us.
The original Mentor was from Homer’s Odyssey, set in Greece. Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, grew up under the supervision of his trusted friend, Mentor. When the goddess Athena decided it was time to complete the education of young Telemachus, she visited him disguised as Mentor and they set out together to learn about his father.
In today’s environment, as the definition and nature of the workforce changes, and as the gig economy takes shape, the passing on of meaningful advice will need to shift from official channels to more informal routes.
Mentoring Mantra seeks to fill a few of the gaps by bringing on-board a series of individual views from available mentors, as well as summaries of readings and learnings from our contributors.
If you’d like to write for us, or share your advice as a mentor, do drop us a note with a summary and we will get back in touch.