Mentorship Is Circling the Globe in Strong & Supportive Relationship beween A Mentor & A Mentee.

otahelp
Posted August 31, 2020 from Nigeria

Encouragement is a process of making another person feel wanted and loved either by action or gesture. it really gives drive and propels the person being encouraged to do better.

Mentorship from my understanding is the ability to impart or transfer of knowledge from one person to another and following up on that person to be sure the knowledge is deep rooted and is being utilized properly. Mentor is the person transfering the knowledge while the person who receives the knowledge is the mentee.

The Changemaker program of World Pulse is one of the approaches being employed by World Pulse to mentor some grassroot leaders who indicated interest and is ready to follow the routine of mentorship that will last for 6 months; these leaders has been properly screened and where able to meet with all the criteria before they were chosen.

Goal: International Visibility for Women Grassroot leaders through Technology.

Objective: 

  1. Digitalization of the work of the Women Grassroot leaders
  2. Mentored Women Grassroot leaders to mentor others women in digital tools
  3. Built a deep relationship between mentors and mentees as well as with WP team and other members

 

The discussion was on Bias, Stereotypes and Intercultural Behaviours or Attitudes

How do we respond to certain issues or matters that happen around us daily? How do we respond or deal with other people that are not of the same race, gender, creed, class or status? Thinking around these issues will help us build a better understanding of other people recognizing that our journeys did not start from the same point and will or may not end at the same point.

Bias & Stereotypes are unconscious attitudes or feelings that may have cultural or racial undertone in responding to some actions which one may not voluntarily control. These biases may have been picked up knowingly or unknowingly from cultural or environmental orientation and are hard to overcome because they are deep rooted, so pops up mostly without the person’s control.

While Mindfulness is the awareness or control of your actions with regards to other people’s feelings and actions around you and around them.

Across the contributions to this topic I understood that we can actually pulse midway into bias and redirect our actions especially if it was going the negative way. Most contributors also say they are usually open minded in dealing with other people.

For me I am an open-minded person and it has worked a great deal for me. Anytime I tilt to other persons perception about something or persons, has always ended badly for me. So I align that we keep an open mind and even when your bias or stereotype wants to take better part of your action, reverse and apologise and start all over.

I am sure going to benefit from this program greatly because of the quality of persons involved that I have seen their contributions.

Thank you very much World Pulse Team for putting this program together. - Dawn, Ana, Manasa & Jill and to all the Mentors who have agreed to be part of this extra-ordinary program.

This story was submitted in response to Stronger Together.

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Nini Mappo
Sep 01
Sep 01

Hello Otahelp,
I love how you define encouragement, and how much it affirms those who receive it. You share important points that can scaffold us on our journey towards a mind without bias.
Thank you for sharing.

Hello, Otahelp,

This new leadership program is exciting! I look forward to reading posts from mentors and mentees soon. Thank you for sharing your definition of encouragement, mentoring, and bias with us.
Congrats to you, too!

Jill Langhus
Sep 02
Sep 02

Hi Ota,

How are you? Thanks for your update and appreciation. We appreciate it, and we appreciate you!!! Thanks for the shout out, and for all that you do!

XX

Paulina Nayra
Sep 03
Sep 03

Dear Otahelp,
I like the way you look at mentorship - circling the globe in strong supportive relationship between a mentor and a mentee. And World Pulse is making this sisterhood happen. Are you excited to start the program? Me, too.

I wish you success in everything you do. And most of all, I wish you and your family safety from the pandemic.

Huggs.

Julie Desai
Sep 04
Sep 04

Thank you for sharing

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 04
Sep 04

Dear Otahelp,
Thank you for writing on bias, and about this important discussion happening with World Pulse sisters. There is so much to learn and think about, and your story here has such rich food for thought.

Chidimma
Sep 06
Sep 06

Hello Otahelp,
Thanks for sharing and enlightening me on mentorship, bias, encouragement etc. Am better informed now.
Keep sharing.
Chidimma

ARREY- ECHI
Sep 08
Sep 08

Hello Otahelp,
Thank you for taking the time to write down this beautiful piece on encouragement, mentoring and all that World Pulse stands for.
We all remain a work in progress and must be intentional in our fight against unconcious bias.
Thank you for sharing. Wishing you the very best in this journey.

Kabahenda
Sep 10
Sep 10

Hello Otahelp,

Thanks you so much for dissecting the concepts: mentor/mentee, bias and stereotypes, the last two are what I call "viruses of the mind."

I like the fact that you point out that these conscious and unconscious that we each carry from out different socializations.

I also applaud you for your open-mindedness. This is of course, not easy, but it is a skill that would benefit each of us if we want to combat those viruses of the mind.
Your piece is very instructive and I cannot thank you enough for it.

More power to you as a mentor.