Mentoring Requires Being Elegantly Adaptive

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Early one morning I was in my side yard and walked up on a huge elaborate spider web complete with its designer-tenant. As I approached the artwork, the spider began to vibrate the web sending early morning dewdrops everywhere. The next morning the web was gone without a trace. A bird had obviously flown through it. But, nearby was a brand new elegant web spread between two trees. And, the same spider situated in the middle seemed poised for action.

Great mentors are like spider-web builders. They adapt to the uniqueness of the protégé. They weave their mentoring practice with full realization and appreciation that every protégé’s needs, expectations and aspirations are unique. The nuances of the mentor-protégé relationship must be configured fresh with each new beginning. Mentors fail when they attempt to shoehorn their protégé into a routine pattern or robotic program. Would your protégés label you as “elegantly adaptable?”

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Dr. Chip R. Bell is a world-renowned authority on customer loyalty and innovative service. Global Gurus ranked him in 2018 the #2 keynote speaker in the world on customer service; #1 in North America. He also is the author of numerous national and international best-selling books including Take Their Breath Away, Managing Knock Your Socks off Service, Magnetic Service, The 9½ Principles of Innovative Service and Customers as Partners. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages.

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