The 3,000-Year-Old Lesson in Executive Mentorship

Some things haven’t changed all that much in 3,000 years. February 13, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The concept of mentoring dates back around 3,000 years to Homer’s Odyssey. In that epic Greek poem, the hero Odysseus entrusts his son to his friend Mentor while fighting the Trojan War. During this time, Mentor cares for and nurtures the young boy. Our notion of a mentor has evolved since Homer laid pen to parchment. While mentorship is widely associated with young men and women seeking advice from elders, more experienced executives are now seeing out professional coaching services due to the challenges of digital disruption. Last year, a combined $1 billion was spent on personal and business coaches. Executives are right to seek this help. Across 15 industries, ranging from manufacturing to energy, 47 percent of CEOs are challenged to make progress in digital business, […]

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