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Mentoring Lesson #8: Creating a Vision and Making it a Reality

Based on the book, “Learning to Lead Through Mentoring”, this is the eighth in the series of mentoring lessons outlining important topics to consider when approaching a mentoring relationship.  The full transcript of the book can be found on Amazon.  The lessons are intended to help the reader approach mentoring relationships with better perspective and can also be useful to the mentor in guiding the relationship and discussion for their mentee or protégé.

What is your vision?

If you have been following this blog and doing the exercises, you have worked through your personal and professional goals, reflected on what is holding you back and determined what steps are necessary to propel you toward your goals.  Now that you have come this far, you should have a clearer picture of what kind of a mentor you might need and how you might approach the conversation.

A great vision is needed to propel you in the right direction and taking inspired, actionable steps will help you get there.  Great mentors along the way can provide the necessary feedback to help you know you are on the right track.  They can help you determine the habits necessary today to help make your vision a reality.

Here are some questions to consider as a final lesson prior to approaching a mentor, in order to effectively guide your conversation and communicate how they might best help you:

  • What is your personal vision?
  • What do you feel you have been called to do?
  • What is the daring thing you have been afraid to do?

By cultivating relationships with mentors and sharing your vision with them, they will be in a good position to help you determine the steps needed in order to accomplish your personal and professional goals and share their knowledge and experience in a most relevant way.

At Diverse Talent Strategies, we offer mentoring programs and resources for both individuals and companies.  To learn, more, contact us today.


Alison Martin

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Alison Martin-Books is the Managing Director of Diverse Talent Strategies, a family of brands offering turn-key solutions for mentoring, women’s leadership initiatives, and recruitment. With roughly 15 years in nonprofit work, Martin-Books has a passion for doing work that makes a difference in the lives of others. After serving as Executive Director at two different national nonprofit organizations, her commitment to her passion for developing female talent led her launch Mentoring Women’s Network. In her role, Martin-Books acts as a liaison to a national committee responsible for the leadership development content for the organization and consults with corporations on the development and strategy aligned with initiatives for emerging female leaders. She is also the author of the book, “Landing on My Feet: Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” and speaks regularly on behalf of the organization

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