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We have been commissioned by the Government Department for Works & Pensions (DWP) and the London Mayors Office, to run mentoring programs for unemployed individuals wanting to start a business, as well as young boys aged 10-16 years old at risk of exclusion from secondary school. It cause me to develop a different perspective on mentoring.

Part of my role included the development and menitoring of the transformation process of both (although very different) client groups. This was what I learnt:

The environment that my team & I created allowed the mentees to progress (albeit at differing rates) at their own pace. The process allowed us to create…

Handles – Story telling and the simplification of the truth into something the mentees could grasp, practise, and pass on to others –my team practised the art of taking something complex and make it usable.

Roadmaps – Giving you the big picture; they reveal where you are, they show you what roads to take and they tell you what roads to avoid. Develop visionary thinking in order for mentees to see themselves in the future and the role that will contribute to society.

Laboratories – Labs are a safe place for experimentation. Treat every session as a lab, providing for people to practice what they have learnt.

Roots – Give a firm foundation and a sense of heritage. Sink your roots into solid ground and be willing to make appropriate sacrifices for the foundation to be developed.

Wings – Empower people to soar beyond what you can see – direct and cheer people towards their victories. It becomes more important to see with your mind what others miss with their eyes.

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