Talent Growth through Mutual Mentoring


Have you ever tossed hot new ideas back and forth – much like an enjoyable game of catch? It’s called mindguiding – a  unique form of mutual mentoring – that ignites seasoned experts and inspires novice explorers.

Or have you watched both sides lose when experts deliver,  or when explorers  ignore proven possibilities?

Most of us have witnessed stagnant organizations where amazing  discoveries get dropped by one side or the other. The solution?

Mash up! Exploring the Unlikely to Find the Brilliant!

Does your Chain-of-command Limit Discoveries?

Mentoring failed me early as my dad lacked skills to engage us, 2 brothers committed suicide and I ended up on Barrington Street, in downtown Halifax Nova Scotia at 14.

Alone, penniless, no place to sleep – my journey away from typical chains-of-command began with stark realities. It also enabled me to learn by teaching others at the same time.

If you’ve benefitted from people smarter than you, you’ve likely bypassed expert-heavy-mentoring – and have mindguided at its explorer best.

Mindguiding across age

From an early age I taught others in order to learn myself – and that explorer practice shaped a life’s work in a unique kind of mutual mentoring.

I call it mindguiding. Back then it seemed more about survival. Today research shows that we retain 90% by teaching others at the same time we are learning a thing.

Innovators find inspiration in teaching new ideas to experts, and experts collaborate to return frequently to the energized role of explorer. At Bittner school of Business, MBA students end leadership classes with a Mindguided Celebration of Innovation, where they engage the wider community in  newly designed recommendations for their field.

In diverse community exchanges, folks shift from expert to collaborate as explorers. People of all ages, genders, backgrounds, positions or experiences can discover brilliance together.

If you are not running along possibility edges – you are probably stuck in problem ditches.

See potential to replace broken practices or spark rejuvenation where you work?

Brains Equip you for Mindguiding 

Mindguiding across Cultures

See how brains equip mindguiding by engaging both right and left hemisphere to solve real problems.

Mindguides use more working memory, a unique area of the brain where we cultivate new possibilities. Working positions new information up front, so both sides of the brain can use it to build refreshing outcomes.

This reciprocal approach relies less on the basal ganglia – or mental storehouse of routines.

No wonder mindguides keeps intelligence fluid. No wonder they raise personal and collective  IQ across a wider range of capabilities.

Not a bad return for a fresh new practice.

 Crave Innovation?

How could you ignite innovation and energize your community to raise collective intelligence individually and institutionally? Novelty’s  easier than you may think, if you tackle discovery with a What if… attitude.

What if you mindguided today?

I mindguided with Andy Anderson in Canada when he hoped to publish research for a promotion, and I wanted more physical activity. While I’m not LPGA material,  I’ve won golf tournaments since, and Andy learned how neuro-discoveries positively affect movement. Together we published a research article in JOPERD.

Capitalize on Differences

How could mindguiding help you shift from expert back to being an explorer?

Top Ten Mindguiding Principles – from Neuro Discoveries

1. Skilled facilitators actively lead across diversity from behind. Did you know that to teach others at the same time you learn, is to retain 90% more?

2. Contributions are sought across differences in rank and skill levels. Are you aware the brain uses diversity to move us past gridlock and compromise?

3. For each problem raised there is a doable solution proposed. The brain is equipped to design solutions as an innovative response to stubborn problems.

4. Veterans and novices mutually mentor one another for shared benefits.  Have you ever noticed the brain’s ability to stoke insights in reciprocal or mindguided exchanges?

5. Intrapersonal evaluations increase reflection and may topple certain traditions. Have you seen people replace popular practices hold back collective IQ for innovation in any organization?

6. Laughter is more at self and mindguided humor benefits all concerned. Have you seen folks focus more than most mentorships – on spreading serotonin the brain’s chemical of wellbeing to stoke new ideas across differences.

7. Innovations are scaled and regularly rewarded as a way to sustain innovative settings. Have you considered the marks of a brainpowered setting in your organization?

8. Participants all help to shape an ethical mindguiding process. Did you know that a brain on ethics reconfigures itself for a new kind of growth?

9. Progress is tracked individually and institutionally, in ways that make change easier.  Are you aware of how the brain enhances wonders of useful change?

10. Final decisions are made with all mindguides’ participation. Did you know that the brain uses novelty new era outcomes, when people share in decision-making.  In contrast trust is lost if one leader makes unilateral decisions that ignore mindguides’ perspectives.

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