I want to share a secret with you. It guarantees success in mentoring. Are you ready? Here it is: Never work alone. I know that sounds too simple, but it is truly the secret to developing others. Whenever you do anything that you want to pass along to others, take someone with you.
This isn’t necessarily a natural practice for many of us. The learning model that’s used in America by most people for teaching others was passed down to us from the Greeks. It’s a cognitive “classroom” approach, like the one used by Socrates to teach Plato, and Plato to teach Aristotle.
But that’s not the only model available for developing others. We also have one used by another ancient culture: the Hebrews. Their method was more like on-the-job training. In all the years I’ve been equipping and developing others, I’ve never found a better way to do it than this:
•I do it. First I learn to do the job. I have to understand the why as well as the how, and I try to perfect my craft.
• I do it—and you watch. I demonstrate it while you observe, and during the process, I explain what I’m doing and why.
• You do it—and I watch. I give you permission and authority to take over the job, but I stay with you to offer advice, correction, and encouragement.
•You do it. Once you’re proficient, I step back and let you work alone. The learner is drawn up to a higher level, and the teacher is free to move on to higher things.
—Your Road Map for Success – John Maxwell
AS YOU WORK TODAY, TAKE SOMEONE WITH YOU SO THAT HE OR SHE CAN LEARN FROM YOU.