The Mentor Behind Our Leaders

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 16, 2012 in , , | No Comments

As a professor, he taught Martin Luther King, Jr. and Barbara Jordan.

I’m always on the lookout for inspiring stories about influential people, especially if there’s a special occasion to celebrate them. While on the treadmill at the gym, I thumbed through an AARP magazine (December/January), someone had left behind. In it I found an article written by Teresa Wiltz, about a 92 year old professor who has been teaching for (are you ready?) 69 years!

Mentorship Keys: Trust and Continuity

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 14, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

We are happy to present the fifth in our series of guest blogs…

The bloggers will be giving you a glimpse into their personal mentor/mentee experiences. Some spotlighted relationships may have grown into deep personal friendships, while others might be purely business in nature–mentees observing their mentor at work. No matter the depth of the relationship, mentees will testify to the importance of their mentors. Guest blog posts will appear, sporadically, but always on a Tuesday.

 

From Public Housing to Director of Housing

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 7, 2012 in , , | No Comments

We are happy to present the fourth in our series of guest blogs…

The bloggers will be giving you glimpse into their personal mentor/mentee experiences. Some spotlighted relationships may have grown into deep personal friendships, while others might be purely business in nature–mentees observing their mentor at work. No matter the depth of the relationship, mentees will testify to the importance of their mentors. Guest blog posts will appear, sporadically, but always on a Tuesday.

It’s Thank Your Mentor Day!

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 26, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

THANK YOUR MENTOR DAY™

January 26, 2012, is Thank Your Mentor Day™. Take time to honor the important mentor(s) in your life by posting an online tribute or by sending a handwritten note of thanks. See my earlier post, January is National Mentoring Month! for other ideas on how to celebrate.

To post a tribute online, go to YouTube today, make the National Mentoring Month videos the most popular of the day!

Mentor Gets a “Blast” Out of Mentorships

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 24, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

We are happy to present the third in our series of guest bloggers…

The bloggers will be giving you a glimpse into their personal mentor/mentee experiences. Some spotlighted relationships may have grown into deep personal friendships, while others might be purely business in nature–mentees observing their mentor at work. No matter the depth, both mentors and mentees testify to the importance of their relationship. Guest blog posts will appear, sporadically, but always on a Tuesday.

They Light the Way

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 11, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

“Sparks” aren’t study guides, a city in Nevada, or a steakhouse.

They’re role models on every campus, people who influence, igniting classmates, siblings and even their own parents. Unsatisfied with what the status quo hands them, they are catalyst for positive change. Without them, the world would be a dismal place.

Become one, here’s how:

  • Sparks won’t be devalued, they know their worth. They find as mentors champions, heroes, and instruments of change. Eventually, they become those themselves. These are the leaders of tomorrow.

Fundamentals Matter

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 5, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

“I never made it to the NFL…”

In Professor Randy Pausch’s book, The Last Lecture, (a book I highly recommend), he speaks of achieving childhood dreams. One of his (being a player in the NFL) wasn’t realized, but he learned from his mentor and coach a life lesson.

At nine years old, Professor Pausch loved tackle football and his father had him join a league with a “really old-school” football coach. The coach, an imposing 6-foot-four former linebacker at Penn State, taught the kids on his league a valuable lesson. On their first day of practice, the kids noticed there weren’t any footballs on the field. The coach told the team they didn’t need any footballs, here’s why…

January is National Mentoring Month!

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 4, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

We at StudentMentor.org know the value of mentors.

This month, it’s time to honor those selfless professionals who have provided countless hours of their time mentoring. Students and grads, who have taken advantage of our free service, directly benefit from years of experience mentors bring to their mentoring relationships.

Mentors provide guidance, support and industry knowledge to mentees. Often, mentors introduce mentees to their professional contacts, allowing worthwhile networking to take place, building a bridge to the future. Additionally, mentors boost the self-esteem of mentees by believing in what they can accomplish. The many words of encouragement a mentor speaks are remembered and cherished for a lifetime.

A Great Gift

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Dec 26, 2011 in , , | No Comments

It’s the time of year when people are given gifts. Here’s one gift meant to be cherished.

If you happen to be a fortunate person, then at some point in your life a gift was given that didn’t come from a mall, wrapped in shiny paper, or topped with a bright bow. The gift I’m referring to is one not everybody receives. It also might go unrecognized or unappreciated. It’s a gift one cannot put a value on, but it’s valuable, very valuable.

Mentees–Become More Strategic

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Dec 12, 2011 in , , | No Comments

 

 

Mentees are encouraged to be less “tactical” and more “strategic” at work.

In the article Tips for Mentees, The Mentoring Group, by Linda Phillips-Jones, Ph.D., she discusses why some mentees are being told to become less tactical and more strategic in the workplace.

According to Ms. Phillips-Jones, “…strategic refers to the “what and why” and tactical refers to the “how.” Therefore, when you’re a strategic thinker, you have the ability to see the big picture: see patterns and trends, know priorities, anticipate issues, estimate outcomes and have alternatives ready. A tactical thinker is one who has a more hands-on approach, makes sure strategic goals are on target, and performs tasks with efficiency and quality.