Reverse Mentoring

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Teaching old dogs new tricks

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Find a mentor… At your daughter’s high school

I just read an article in .the Sydney Morning Herald about “reverse mentoring”. The idea is that especially in respect of modern communications and use of social media, senior (and older) business people should acknowledge that they might be be wise and experienced, but largely clueless about the developments in social media and new forms of communicating and marketing. One acknowledged… the article suggests to take on a mentor who is half your age to move forward.

Being a very old and experienced and wise business person myself(!), I found myself nodding my head when reading the article by Sylvia Pennington. I’ve turned 56 and although I pride myself to be reasonably up with the times, I’m often confronted with my limitations in understanding how younger generations communicate and want to be communicated with. Having a Facebook account and taking the odd photo of my breakfast might rate as being on the cutting edge with my friends, but there is a whole world of new opportunities out there that I barely know about, let alone understand.

So yes, I’ve taken on a 25 year old marketing assistant, who works with me every week. She patiently tries to explain what she does for me every now and then, and I patiently try to understand, and somehow we muddle through and the partnership seems to work… Even if I do wonder why anyone would want to spend time on the latest app/widget/thingo/craze that she directs me to.

But it’s a good point that Sylvia makes. Just because we’ve been around for a while, doesn’t mean we know it all… we may know something about something, but we know nothing about a whole heap of stuff… ask for help from the people that do… people the age of your kids … or younger. You can be sure of one thing, it will drag you out of your comfort zone… and that’s always a good thing… I promise you.

 

Masterminds observations… Love over Hate

Love over Hate

Love over Hate Business Masterminds Observations

 

The illusion of “The Power of One”

I am reading “Love over Hate, finding life by the wayside” link to the book by Graham Long, pastor and CEO of the Wayside Chapel in Sydney .This is a passage that stood out for me particularly:

“The idea that the basic human unit is a solitary individual is the established orthodoxy of the Western World. It’s an illusion and an attractive one at that, often presenting itself as “The power of one”. The power of this illusion is in its promise to an insecure individual that a dream and some willpower is all that is required to overcome life’s obstacles. It promises an individual can triumph over adversity as well as any competitors who get in the way of the prize of justice, fame, wealth or whatever other virtue is implied by the dream.”

It’s all upside down

What this says to me amongst many other things is that we (and I include myself firmly in that “we”) have got it all wrong. The library of work in books, blogs, seminars, videos and everything else by the gurus of the business growth, as well as personal development world repeat the refrain of the Power of the individual and that “The answer is within”… even in the world of religion we hear “The Kindom of God is within”… All of that is nonsense.

To me, that paragraph and the rest of the book and several other books I have been reading in the last year, have convinced me that I have to throw out the rule book, and start again… let me know what you think!