Hyde Park, Reading, St Albans, Watford Stakes Briefing Document Monday 30th September 2013 LDS Mentors
“Each of us, from time to time, is mentored and has chances to mentor. In my experience, truthful and caring one-liners that occur within such nurturing relationships have a long shelf life! You can probably recount three or four examples of how people have said something—probably a sentence or clause— and you remember it still. It moves and touches you still.” Elder Neal A. Maxwell Jesus, the Perfect Mentor Ensign, Feb. 2001, 8. LDS Mentors Overview An apostolic prospective
Agenda LDS Mentors Overview Our mission and the sacred nature of working with our young people Initiative progress Lessons learned
“…you should study and prepare for your life’s work in a field that you enjoy, because you are going to spend a good share of your life in that field. It should be one which will challenge your intellect and which will make maximum utilization of your talents and your capabilities. Finally, it should be a field that will supply sufficient remuneration to provide adequately for your companion and your children. Now that’s a big order. But I bear testimony that these criteria are very important in choosing your life’s work. “ President Thomas S. Monson CES Fireside for Young Adults: Life’s Greatest Decisions, 7 September 2003 LDS Mentors Overview A Prophet’s challenge to our young people..and thus the leadership
“Brethren, there is no organization better able to respond to the challenges of humanity than the priesthood of the Most High God. We have the organization. Stake presidents, bishops, elders quorum presidents, and high priests group leaders— we now call upon you to mobilize our priesthood quorums in response to the employment and financial challenges facing our members.” Bishop Richard C. Edgley, Conference Report: “This Is Your Phone Call”, Apr. 2009 LDS Mentors Overview A call to action
Our mission is to provide mentoring and career insight to those who are seeking help in exploring their career and educational options, with specific emphasis on returned missionaries and Young Single Adult members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints. The LDS Mentoring Initiative aims to: Bring experienced professionals into contact with young people at the outset of their professional and educational development. Promote education and career advancement amongst LDS Young Single Adults through a Mentor connection. Bring experienced professionals into contact with others where required at significantly crucial points in their professional and educational development. Provide a national resource available to individuals, families, Priesthood leaders and LDS Employment Services. LDS Mentors Overview Our Mission
Achievements to date 150 LDS professional recruited across the 4 stakes, the vast majority of which have signed up to the LDS Mentors LinkedIn group In stake awareness training give to mentors 86 mentors attended a mid-week Launch Event LDS Mentors website has been launched, with secure access to Mentor data Pilots undertaken in each of the stake and lesson learned compiled Next steps Meet with Employment Services missionary couple to align upfront activities (see lessons learned Launch Service in October 2013 Expand geographic scope LDS Mentors Overview Initiative progress
Many of our young people just do not know what to do as a career Many of our young people do not know how to discover their options Therefore more use of career workshops provide by Employment Services needs to be made A young person may need to speak to several mentors to understand their possibilities The mentor concept is alien to many Many do not know how to exploit the opportunity of a mentoring relationship Many lack confidence and the skills to promote themselves LDS Mentors Overview Lessons learned from pilot
“Follow me” (Matthew 4:19).Matthew 4:19 “Ye are my friends” (D&C 84:63D&C 84:63 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13)John 15:13 “Come unto me” (Matthew 11:28)Matthew 11:28 “Thy friends do stand by thee, and they shall hail thee again with warm hearts and friendly hands” (D&C 121:9)D&C 121:9 LDS Mentors Overview Our Exemplar in mentoring
...is very simple.... A need is recognised...by the future mentee or a trusted advisor (parent, Priesthood leader, other) The Stake LDS Mentors Co-ordinator is approached A mentor is identified (firstly within a stake and then beyond where there is a need) The mentor is approached and if he/she is willing to take on the mentee then the mentee is encouraged to make contact with the mentor...and that is where the fun starts... LDS Mentors Overview The process for connecting the mentor and mentee…
Necessarily finding the mentor a job Take on the ownership and responsibility for the Mentees career, decisions or life Prejudging the viability of a Mentees ideas Adopt a judgemental attitude Creating false expectations Doing most of the talking Thinking as Mentor we know everything LDS Mentors Overview What does being an LDS mentor NOT entail?
LDS Mentors Overview What does being an LDS mentor entail? LDS Mentoring should lead a Mentor and a Mentee to partner and engage in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Through structured conversations the mentor should help the mentee to become more aware of what they want and why they want it, define some goals and action plans, and then check progress along the way, while overcoming obstacles as they arise. The mentor may also provide some industry and/or role related input along the way. A Definition
Make a realistic time commitment and method for contact with the Mentee Encourage the Mentee to express and discuss their ideas, concerns and understanding of the career choices facing them. Share with them appropriate insight and guidance. Refer Mentees to other sources of information or further support. Help Mentees to set realistic and practical goals and plans for how to achieve those goals. Review their progress during subsequent calls or meetings. Encourage Mentees to take responsibility for their own decisions, plans and actions. Provide encouragement and support LDS Mentors Overview What does being an LDS mentor entail?
LDS Mentors Overview Walking the line Bringing the key skills together of Rapport…Listening…Questioning SYMPATHY Attached Absorbed Shared journey Immersed in shared problem Can’t feed back - “I don’t want to upset them” Carry the Mentee No plan for future Coach and client both stuck OBJECTIVITY Detached Outsider Separate journey Not “my” problem Harsh feed back – “I told him what his problem is” “Here’s my advice” Drive the Mentee Client feels stuck, coach feels “so what?” This is the domain of LDS Mentors. This is where we can add value. This is where CHOICE exists. This where the Spirit resides & gives guidance A connection continuum.
Careers What is it like to work in this industry? What education do I need? How much will I earn? What will is take to be a success? Presentation skills Personal presentation Project my best self Building personal strengths Confidence Leadership behaviours Working relationships/networks Work life balance Stress management LDS Mentors Overview What are appropriate subjects for mentoring conversations?
Hope Fortitude Creativity Direction Inspiration Grounding Confidence Perseverance Sight and commitment to the big picture A plan LDS Mentors Overview Leading to…
KEY CONTACTS Stake President LDS Employment Public Affairs 22
STAKE PRESIDENTS Welfare/Employment Bishops, EQ Presidents, HP Group Leaders Public Affairs Opinion Leaders Building Bridges of Understanding Leadership Training Bring church principles and business together 23
LDS EMPLOYMENT Tied to Bishops Broad Network Training Resources Joint Sponsorship 25
PUBLIC AFFAIRS Connect Church Leaders with Opinion Leaders Build Bridges of Understanding with Communities and their Leaders Political, Business, Education Organization: Stake Region State Church-Wide 26
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