Time, travel, cost, away from office issues, permissions, relevance? Learning and development is undergoing change, partly through necessity and value for money and partly because we know all have access to the technologies. Now is the time to take advantage of this wonderful world of learning at a time of decreasing professional development budgets.
“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” — John C. Maxwell
The benefits of learning in your time and space are too long to list here. That said we are not talking about the disciplines of self study, we are talking about the focus of a 1:1 learning intervention with a specialist mentor where all of the energy is focused on the individual (mentee).
“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” — Denzel Washington
There is no reason not to develop as an individual in this way unless you want 'free' professional development and as we know there are those opportunities out there but are they relevant to you?
“What I think the mentor gets is the great satisfaction of helping somebody along, helping somebody take advantage of an opportunity that maybe he or she did not have.” — Clint Eastwood
So, decide what you would like to change/need to change and find the mentor to help you through your learning journey.
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill