I’ve known Joe for years and have been virtually mentoring him for the last few years. Joe has a strong educational background in engineering, a master’s degree in business and great work experience. There were a couple of obvious topics we worked on together, and progress has been coming slow but sure.
It is now time to move on to new leadership topics to build strengths that do not yet exist. The one that became apparent was the understanding and use of web 2.0 technologies. When this was suggested, the immediate reaction from Joe was, “I don’t blog.” While blogging is one of many technology applications, it is but one. Unfortunately, the statement was used as a generality for most all web 2.0 uses. As a mentor, I need to determine how to overcome this mental block, create a positive experience, skip the topic or move on to the next mentee willing to accept new ideas.
Have you experienced this mentoring block? If so, which path did you take?