Reverse Mentoring

Don’t be surprised if your next mentor or counselor seems much too young.

Friday, March 5, 2010

We are used to be taught by people who have more experience than us in the subject matter, which normally implies they are older than us.

In these times of rapid changes, new areas of knowledge and technology arise constantly. This means that more experience not always means more years of age. When learning new skills, especially in the information technologies and software field, it is common to find our mentor to be younger than us.

The key to succeeding in these situations is to open our minds and dissolve the old barriers of status, power and ranks.

Emilio Zevallos, tackles the issue in his blog: “This can be particularly interesting for businessmen who want to enter new sectors where technology is the main axis. Speaking with these young individuals might give us ideas for our own businesses. Finding your Reverse Mentor can be not only an illustrative excursive, but also a profitable one”.



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