"Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind." -Samuel Taylor Coleridge
This quote seems particularly applicable as a guide for mentors when engaging with their mentoree. Adding your opinions, ideas, or experience into the conversation is important. However, that "advice" should be tempered by knowing how much to share and the timing of that sharing.
As a mentor, I like to ask myself: "How will my mentoree be able to use the information that I am sharing in the near future? How much should I share so that there's enough for him/her to pick up on and work with in order to be better as a result of this exchange?"
Mentors--if you were the the snow in your mentoring relationship, what type of snow would you be? Snow falling lightly, seeping into the earth, slowly creating nostalgia for cozy winter days? Or would you be the brash snow storm dropping two feet of heavy snow, squashing the earth and giving it no room to breathe?
An interesting way to think about yourself, especially as the winter months and the snow are upon us.....
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