(By Austin Gardner)
- I do it!
- I learn to do the job
- I understand the why and how.
- I try to perfect my craft
- I do it and you watch!
- I demonstrate it while you observe
- During the process I explain what I am doing and why
- You do it and I watch
- As soon as possible we exchange roles
- I give you permission and authority to take over the job
- I stay and continue to offer advice, correction and encouragement
- You do it!
- You gain proficiency
- I step back and let you work alone
- This takes you to a higher level
- The teacher moves on to higher things
- You repeat the process with your learner!
Moses and Joshua illustrate the mentoring relationship
- Moses is the leader that God calls to lead Israel.
- Moses has to learn how to talk, how to lead, how to trust
- Moses continues to do the work but Joshua begins to spend a great deal of time with him
- Joshua leads the nation of Israel in battle
- Joshua becomes the leader of Israel
- Moses is told to charge Joshua
- Moses is told to encourage and strengthen him
Elijah and Elisha illustrate the mentoring relationship
Jesus and the disciples illustrate the mentoring relationships
- Never work alone.
- A blind man’s world is bounded by the limits of his touch; an ignorant man’s world by the limits of his knowledge; a great man’s world by the limits of his vision.
- General George Patton said; “There is one thing I want you to remember. I don’t want any messages saying we are holding our position. We are advancing constantly. Always take the offensive. Never dig in.”
- “Man’s mind, once stretched by new ideas, never regains its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
- John Wooden said that the greatest obstacle to growth isn’t ignorance. It’s knowledge. The more you learn the greater the chance you’ll think you know it all. And if that happens you become unteachable and you are no longer growing or improving.
- If a person will spend one hour a day on the same subject for five years that person will be an expert on that subject.
- Don’t let learning lead to knowledge let learning lead to action.
- Winning is a habit. Unfortunately so is losing.