Saturday, November 29, 2014

How Coaching Works: A Short Movie

This video is from Youtube produced by Coach Meg and Wellcoaches, directed and animated by Sherann Johnson, 2008. Please note no talking involved just sounds from a toolbox:

The short movie moves from:

Stage 1: Meet

Stage 2: Vision

Stage 3: The Plan

Stage 4: Journey

Stage 5: Success

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Mentoring Cloud

It is Thanksgiving today and I have turkey tenders in the oven and a very soft stuffing as am in the middle of dental work. I have to run and get my pies ready to put in the oven, but thought I should mention something I just read, the "Mentoring Cloud."

Herein is almost a direct quote:
The cloud-based platform enables members within an organization to collaborate and support one another to achieve their personal, academic, and professional aspirations. Members can easily connect as subject-matter experts, mentors, mentees, and peers, around specific goals and areas of mutual interest.
The article that mentions the "Mentoring Cloud," is on the news ticker on top of this blog, an article from Forbes, Great Mentors Are Essential For Success, But How Do You Find Them?

Forbes states, "MentorCloud is private-labeled to a particular organization so members, whether they are employees at a company or entrepreneurs/mentors at an accelerator, or alumni/students of an academic institution, need to be invited to their respective private networks."

I better get back to the kitchen, after all, this is Thanksgiving day. I have much to be thankful for, but I am thinking if I should write this or not ???

To be honest, I never had a mentor as described. Can not help but wonder how my life would have been different if I had one? I would say I had the complete opposite of a good mentor and the first item in regard to mentoring is "Do No Harm." What is fascinating, I did not realize it until recently. Until I saw a "real mentor," in action, I had no clue. For a day, I observed someone who does not use the word, "mentoring," talk to his adult students of years ago. WOW, is all I can say after realizing what I missed out on.

Thus, if you have a great mentor go for keeps. If you have none, realize one day that you had a negative one, and you never were part of your mentor's network, please realize that you can do it on your own! Be persistent, keep your long-term goal in mind as your path may be the most interesting of all. Please do not take the "mentor's" words to heart today or those of yesteryear. Your mentor had his own agenda and continues to let you know it. He had no idea what makes you tick, no clue as to who you were, who you are, essentially never took the time to find out. Before email, did he write a single letter to you when he was overseas? Mentoring is not for everyone, some have too much on their personal plate. If you find yourself with this type of mentor, get the courage to make an appointment with whomever your mentor ultimately reports to. Most probably the mentor felt the same as the mentee.

I would like to add one small phrase to the article in Forbes, "Great mentors may be keys to success, they can open as well as close doors, do not let one close the door on you." Mentors are not the only way one can succeed, in fact, there is no greater pleasure than opening doors by yourself, although a little help with those heavy ones would be appreciated. In the end my conclusion is . . .

Better NONE than a BAD ONE!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hot New Release in Vocational Guidance

Amazon has identified the new Ebook, Mentoring Power, as a Hot New Release.

At the moment it is #4 on the list at

Tertiary tools linking to many STEM resources were created for the Ebook at STEM* E-mentoring Portal (STEP), a digital STEM PIPELINE from Pre-K through the Lifespan.

and news about select stem programs, or programs that include STEM, by country/region at

Press Release


Contact: Rosa Raskin,
Phone: 440.461.4125

Mentoring is key to innovation and depends on personal relationships, support systems, national and international collaboration, and commitment.

Cleveland, Ohio – November 12, 2014, Mentoring Power: Key to Sustainable Economic Growth and Innovation [Kindle Edition], at supplements the known literature on mentoring with personal communications from leaders of major mentoring programs, provides a tertiary tool that organizes the vast data on the subject, and identifies a select group of major multi-institutional success stories.

Hot listed on Amazon the first day of its publication, the short Ebook is packed with useful information including how to mentor, career and vocational guidance are directed to fields in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), but the beauty of the findings is that the principles of good mentoring can be applied to any subject area.

Several leading programs are included in the Ebook with links to tools for mentoring programs on the international scene.

A new 2014 encyclopedic-type publication is cited in Mentoring Power entitled,Reflections & Connections: Personal Journeys Through the Life Sciences an Ebook bargain at $3.99 at and in paperback formats, two volumes combine to 1375 pages. The paper back copies are divided into Volume 1. Agricultural Economic & Plant Sciences and Volume 2. Healthcare Economic, Environmental & Medical Scientists. The book has 30 authors, some of whom served as editors of the project. I suggest scanning the Ebook version for anyone interested in the life sciences as some researchers move from the plant sciences to medicine. Whether in print or Ebook format, the book has a section for everyone and the makings of a classic.

About the Authors of Mentoring Power: Key to Sustainable Economic Growth and Innovation

William Sharp has a background in biotechnology, translation of science into business ideas, spawning start-up companies and extensive technology transfer experience in the Americas and Asia. He has authored over seventy original research papers, abstracts and books. Dr. Sharp is currently a member of the Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Committee. He previously held the following positions: Dean of Research and Professor of Plant Science, Cook College & Director of Research, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University; Executive Vice-President, DNA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Executive Vice-President for Research, DNA Plant Technology, Corp; Research Director, Pioneer Research, Campbell Institute for Research & Technology, the Campbell Soup Company; Professor of Microbiology, Ohio State University; Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory and Eminent Professor, University of Sao Paulo. He was a Fulbright Grantee during 1971 and 1973. Dr. Sharp holds a Ph.D. in Plant Cell Biology from Rutgers University.

Rosa Raskin has a background in the sciences and information technology. She is a contributing author to two leading international trade journals. Her background on the bench in several life science laboratories gives her a unique perspective in combining her love of science with information. She holds a B.S. in Zoology, an M.S. in Microbiology, and an M.L.S. She recently published a book entitled, Walk Forward, wrote a chapter for the newly published book, Reflections & Connections: Personal Journeys Through the Life Sciences, and is writing three cookbooks dedicated to those with food allergies and restricted diets.

Maria Shine Stewart is a licensed professional counselor in Ohio and has 30 years of experience in higher education as a teacher of writing, a publication specialist and editor, a volunteer in a career services office, a writing center consultant, a continuing education instructor on campus and in the workplace, and in other roles promoting student learning and well-being. She holds a B.A. in English from Cleveland State University and two master’s degrees from John Carroll University, in counseling and in English. She has been a career advice columnist, “A Kinder Campus,” for the free online daily, Inside Higher Ed. She strives to build bridges between the humanities and the social sciences with an emphasis on writing across the lifespan, wellness, creativity, and innovation. She led senior citizen community memoir workshops for many years and has taught at John Carroll University, Notre Dame College (Ohio), Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, and Ursuline College’s Teacher Apprentice Program.