The Effect of Values of Society Upon Mentoring

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The Effect of Values of Society Upon Mentoring
Bayissa Milkessa, Business Consultant, Ethiopia

It is true that we are naturally responsive to the values of the society where we grow up.
Different communities may have different cultural values. We do not see the same value system all over the world:
1. In some cultures, the values of creativity, innovation and pro activity are considered important and essential traits to be a good business men/women.
2. In some other cultures, these values may be appreciated less or not at all and reactive behavior is valued.
Children growing up in environment 1 are more likely to receive effective mentoring. They will probably be good entrepreneurs.
The values which are being appreciated by the society in which we have grown up determine the effectiveness of mentoring we have received from our family. Mentoring is not a one-time off activity. Rather it is something which we learn while we grow up.
In general, the values of a given society determine the effectiveness of mentoring one will be getting during his life time.

Cultural Values and Acceptance of Mentoring
Endeshaw Azaj, Analyst, Ethiopia
Dear Bayissa,
Do you have empirical evidence about the correlation between cultural values and effectiveness of mentoring?
I think that cultural values may affect work habits emanating from the mindset of a given individual. But the effectiveness of mentoring refers to the result not the input. THis effectiveness depends on the ability and mental capacity of the mentor himself.
Readiness of the mind is up to the person to be mentored. I thought that no one hated learning. Therefore, no one can conclude one's cultural value negatively affects his/her mind's ability to accept learning/mentoring.
The human being by his very nature needs guidelines for his career, his personal life etc.



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