Mentoring Rationale, Examples, and Our Expertise
The Origin of Mentoring|
Mentoring is a powerful and popular way for people to learn a variety of personal and professional skills. In fact, mentoring is one of the oldest forms of influence. Popular mentoring literature attributes the origin of the term mentoring to Homer, one of the ancient Greek story tellers. In his classic tale Homer tells of the King of Ithaca, who asked his friend Mentor to look after his son Telemachus while he fought to win the Trojan War. However, scholars familiar with the original work believe that the model of mentoring portrayed by Homer would make most relationships fizzle rather than sizzle. In fact the true origin of the modern use of the term mentoring more likely comes from the work of 18th century French writer Fenelon who was also an educator. African scholars have noted that mentors were commonplace in Africa, long before the ancient Greek civilization.
Regardless of the origins of the term and although not everyone takes the place of a king, most adults can identify a person who, at some time in their life, had a significant and positive impact on them. Mentors can be friends, relatives, co-workers, teachers, as well as historic or contemporary personalities. Most often, a mentor is a more experienced or older person who acts as a role model, compatriat, challenger, guide or cheerleader.
Mentoring has become an effective method for businesses to help employees with orientation, career advancement, problem solving, coaching, and support. In addition, mentors can assist employees to deal with the challenges associated with successful, productive, meaningful worklife. Peer Resources is Canada's leading organization for mentor research, training, consultation, and program development.
Some General Examples of Mentoring
Mentoring has been an interest for us since 1975, and on behalf of Human Resources Development Canada, Peer Resources designed and implemented the National Mentor Strategy to prevent school dropouts, one of the most successful education campaigns ever launched by the Canadian government.
The core elements of the Stay-in-School campaign were:
Our Current Mentoring Work
If you're considering establishing a mentoring program for your organization, Peer Resources can assist with a comprehensive offering of resources and services that includes training, publications, and support and consultation. We welcome your enquiries.