Mentoring for All Ages

Photo by Ariel van Spronsen

Photo by Ariel van Spronsen

January is National Mentoring Month.  Realizing that it's National Mentoring Month made me wonder what else I can do to mentor others.  According to the official NMM website:

To be a mentor, you don't need special skills, just an ability to listen and to offer friendship, guidance and encouragement to a young person. And you'll be amazed by how much you'll get out of the experience.

Helping young people is great, and it's why I'm happy to be on the Theta Tau Educational Foundation board supporting college students who belong to the fraternity.  In fact, one of the key skills I look forward to teaching my student brothers is how to be a mentor to others.

But it's not just young people who can benefit from mentors.  Sometimes we all need to talk to someone who can help us be successful.  In order to connect with more people I can help, I'm trying a new tool: Clarity.  It's a service that helps you find, schedule and pay for expert advice over the phone to help you be more productive.  All of my earnings go to charity:water.

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.