Executive coaching

Lessons From The First Mentor

By Marshall Goldsmith


The word “mentor” comes from “The Odyssey,” written by the Greek poet Homer.

As Odysseus is preparing to go fight the Trojan War, he realises he is leaving behind his only heir, Telemachus. Since Telemachus is still a child, and since wars tended to drag on for years, Odysseus recognises that he needs to be coached on how to be king while Daddy is off fighting. He hires a trusted family friend named Mentor to be Telemachus’ tutor. Mentor is wise and sensitive — two important ingredients of world-class mentoring.

Learn all about the lessons from the first mentor in this month’s edition of the Worldwide Coaching Magazine.

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