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Feb 27, 2004 3:10 am re: Being a young mentor
Syarfina Junaida Bolhan
What effect does being a Mentor at an early age have on the rest of your professional career?
Do the skills that being a Mentor teaches us make us better managers?

I believe that in mentor-mentee concept, age is not really a factor, considering all aspects of knowledge. I mean, a younger person can always teach an older person what the older person didn't know before, especially in the current environment where we are trying our best to cope up with technologies and such. The older person would be advantageous in terms of experience and most unwritten rules such as PR and protocol, office/corporate culture, technical jargons etc.

Being a mentor at an early age would be highly valuable. It proves that we can play the role as a leader - since being a mentor is also a part of leadership. It will also inculcate the learning spirit and environment that may lead to further potential.

Skills as a mentor are added advantage for managers. Not only the mentee will benefit from the activities, but the mentor will gain a lot in terms of new knowledge from the feedback given by the mentee, not to mention better coaching skills that could be applied at work and at home as well.

Just my two cents~


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