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Why are mentors so popular?
- Genevieve Dawid


A good mentor communicates to their mentees that they are worth their time and effort because they are valuable people - something that people from all walks of life respond well to.

A good mentor can be a catalyst for ongoing personal development. Those who choose mentoring as a profession have already "been there" and "done that", often they have travelled the same path the mentee wishes to take - and so are able to help each person help themselves, so that they not only achieve their goals but also have more control over their lives.

Mentoring is a Greek word meaning "enduring," and defined as a sustained relationship between two individuals, a mentor and a mentee (or protégé). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a mentor as "a trusted counsellor or guide." It has also been described as "a wise, loyal advisor or coach."  Another definition for mentoring is one-to-one encouragement, advice, or befriending for an individual.

The original Mentor is a character in Homer's epic poem The Odyssey. When Odysseus  went to fight in the Trojan War, he entrusted the care of his kingdom to Mentor, including overseeing and teaching Telemachus,  Odysseus's son.

Today a wide range of employers acknowledge that their senior staff need nurturing as well as other personnel, and so the demand is growing. Previously it was primarily middle management who received mentoring; that has recently changed as many CEOs and MDs now actively seek mentoring to advance their careers, and personal development. Individual mentoring for top executives is now a timely, much needed, and sought after service.

"Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction."  – John Crosby

A personal mentor is someone who cares about people; someone they can easily trust, who can help them to develop their potential. Sessions are both private and confidential ensuring an environment where each client feels safe and supported. 

Professional mentoring is about helping mentees to understand, plan and implement whatever it is that they want to achieve. Mentors assist others to make significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking.

A mentor provides guidance and support in a variety of ways to a developing individual, acting as confidante, role model or tutor. Through a variety of approaches they help expand mentees' horizons and increase their chances of success – on every level, offering guidance, support and assistance as the person faces new challenges. Mentors assist by nonjudgmental listening, giving advice, and through sharing their experiences, their own life challenges and successes.

Mentoring is designed to help each person to fully understand where they are now, where they want to go, and how to achieve it in the best way  possible.  It also provides a highly confidential way to share and explore problems, difficulties and strategies. Today, thousands of people worldwide from all walks of life benefit from mentoring. 

Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be." Eric Parsloe, Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring –
Some of the areas that mentors work with are goal setting and creating effective, more enjoyable ways to achieve short and long-term goals, both business and personal.

Many businesses also support and actively encourage their staff to have a mentor, or attend a mentoring course. Some businesses also hold customised mentoring seminars in-house.

One of the most valuable assets in a career is a good mentor.
"It is not what we give but what we share, for the gift without the giver is bare."  ( Unknown)


A well respected consultant, mentor and lecturer, Genevieve Dawid offers a dynamic and result-oriented approach to mentoring and personal development. Her work is based on a wide variety of highly successful methods developed over the years: from consciously changing thought patterns to create affluence or success, to adopting practical strategies for a more effective, stress-free working environment and lifestyle.

Genevieve Dawid also offers customised courses for business managers and staff, incorporating proven methods from her consulting and mentoring work.

To find out more about mentoring sessions or Interactive Seminars, please contact her at:  For details on her book, The Achiever's Journey, go to:

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