Rules For Becoming A Master
A “Master Adviser” is 1. a Master, and 2 an adviser.
The first capacity is much more important than the second one.
A master is an expert professional.
A professional is the one who does what needs to be done in the way it is needed to be done.
An expert can explain – why it needs to be done and why in that specific way.
My mentors taught me that there are only two rules for becoming a master:
1. learn from the masters;
2. never stop pushing yourself.
I’ve been following these two “simple” rules to the best of my abilities. There is at least one professional area where 1. I succeed and 2. I have a proof of that success , i.e. teaching physics.
As an expert I write my reflection on the matters of education (the basis of my consulting offerings).
As a professional I design my practice in accordance to the highest level of accountability.
A “Master Adviser” is not much different from a “Master Mentor” or a “Master Teacher”.
The first rule of all those “Master Communicators With People Who Learn” is – be honest.
Be honest, be authentic, be yourself, be open is the most important pre-requisite for establishing any human communication. Without that rapport, everything else will become a fake effort to mimic the work (to get a checkmark on your annual report).
Other rules of good advising are:
Have the interests of your advisee at your hart.
Have the long-term interests of your advisee above the short-term goals.
Think and tell what would you do if you were in their shoes.
Don’t wait, engage.
Listen first, talk second.
Understand but not judge.
Be firm but fair.
Help to walk but not carry on your shoulders.
In terms of a specific field of advising: an adviser needs to know formal pathways from which an advisee should be choosing (e.g. a college or university level requires the knowledge of specific programs, etc.).These rules lay the groundwork for practitioners to actively practice the trade of advising.
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