Mentor Monday: Arik Hanson talks about the changing nature of mentoring.

Business mentors have been around since the beginning of business.  Like many other aspects of business, while the concept of mentorship remains the same, new developments in tools and technology allow us to practice these concepts in new, and possibly more efficient ways.

This mentor Monday, I am honored to have a guest video post from Arik Hanson, a mentor of mine.  In this video, he shares some thoughts on recent trends in the way professionals build mentor relationships, and how mentors and mentees interact.


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7 thoughts on “Mentor Monday: Arik Hanson talks about the changing nature of mentoring.

  1. Very much agree w/Arik…the definition of mentoring is changing and evolving. As he points out, chats like David and Lauren’s #u30pro, offer more opportunities for individuals at different stages in their career to connect and learn from one and other. While there is certainly an important value in that old school (one to one, face to face)mentor/mentee relationship, virtual mentoring offers an important opportunity to gain access to a broad gamut of leaders. Making an effort to cultivate relationships with both those who have more, and less experience, will further your professional development and allow you to “pay it forward.”

  2. I completely agree, Arik. Whether many of my tweeps realize it or not, I consider many of them to be mentors, albeit to varying levels. Because I’m not sure what field I will be entering, it isn’t just PR or marketing or strategic communication mentoring- it is professional and life mentoring. No matter what field I ultimately choose to focus my studies on over these last few college years, I’m learning about professional interactions, building relationships, time management, and priorities. It isn’t solely the knowledge from different fields, but the intangibles that my mentors out there, such as Arik, Lauren, David, etc., have taught me which is very important to me and my development. I owe all of you a great deal of thanks for all I’ve learned, and will learn in the future, from you.

    One thing I tell other college kids who ask me about Twitter is that if they interact, build relationships, and participate, they will be in a position to greatly improve themselves. Its a blessing for my generation to have this technology with which we can connect with and learn from professionals in our desired fields. It may sound strange, but I’ve wondered what my life would be like without Twitter. That’s how much that I believe my network, not simply the technology, but the friendships and relationships I’ve made through the technology, have impacted my life.

    Its all just very, very surreal. But very, very awesome.

    (Dude, Arik, thanks for an extremely thought-provoking post. That said, you’re inside, are the sunglasses necessary? ha)

  3. Valerie: I know we see eye-to-eye on this, but your point about connecting with those who have more AND less experience than you, is key. So many folks focus only on those with more experience. Don’t forget about those with less. For me, I know David, Lauren and literally a host of others have made that point loud and clear to me over the last year or so. And, many other folks I interact on a local level with, like Jillian Froehlich, Emily Negrin and Katharine Mudra.

    Colby: Dude, it’s MN. I only get to wear those sunglasses for 3 months a year. I gotta take every opportunity–outdoors or indoors! 😉 What would live be like without Twitter? Hmm…interesting question. I don’t necessarily think Twitter is the catalyst, because if it wasn’t Twitter it’d be something else. But, for me, my online participation and engagement has completely transformed my professional life. I’m starting a business (largely as a result of my online engagement). I am not connected with so many folks across the country now. These are people I would not hesitate at all to call if I was coming into town to have dinner. And, I’m learning from people like Todd Defren, Dave Fleet, Jason Falls and many, many others. I don’t see any way in my previous life where I ever would have connected with people like that on a national stage. At least not the way in which it’s played out the last year or so. Now, yes, a lot of that had to do with me and the actions I took. But, the opportunities are there. You just gotta grab ’em.

    Thanks for the comments. And David, thanks again for the opportunity.


  4. Arik, it was an honor to have you here (= I’m extremely grateful for the changes in the social business space that have allowed me to meet great mentors like yourself. If our collective mindset continues to move in this direction, where everyone is learning from each other, the whole community will be much better off.

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