Most of us know or have heard about the importance of mentoring. There are boys and girls clubs that provide adult mentors for young people; and then there are work organizations and professional associations that provide mentors for those new to the field or just need guidance in advancing their careers. The benefits of mentoring have also been evident in the play of LeBron James. Even if you’re a casual observer of sports, you know that LeBron James just won his second NBA Championship with the Miami Heat. Since his days in high school and probably even before that, LeBron was hailed as the next Michael Jordan, but his time in Cleveland did not end with a championship ring. What’s the difference? What happened that elevated his physical and mental play? Yes, he’s surrounded by better talent playing with the likes of Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. But that isn’t it. His first year in Miami didn’t end with a championship in spite of the hype. As great as LeBron was entering the league, he still needed to improve his game. That improvement came as a result of LeBron working with Hakeem Olajuwon in summer 2011. No longer is LeBron passing the ball in critical moments of the game. He has improved his post play. Working with a champion and mentor in Hakeem has made LeBron a two-time champion.
Has a mentor made a difference in your personal or professional life? Or, have you successfully mentored another? How so and what was most memorable or rewarding about the experience?