The Star Wars Mentoring Program
We could learn a thing or two from Star Wars.
Take for example what happens when you forget to brush your teeth, floss or use mouthwash. No one wants green slime oozing out of their mouth like Jabba the Hutt. I think some of it might have actually fallen on Princess Leia when she was shackled to Jabba’s throne while wearing what was the coolest bikini I had ever seen as a then 11-year old boy.
But I digress.
No, I’m not kidding.
How do Jedi’s become a Jedi? It’s a masterful example of a mentoring program.
Anakin Skywalker had Obi-Wan Kenobi as his mentor while he was a young Padawan learning the ways of the Force. He then decided to lose his mind and get all evil — killing ‘younglings’ and ‘Sand People’ along the way — but he knew the power of a good mentor and so he cozied up to the evil Emperor (Darth Sidious) who became his go-to mentor as Anakin morphed into Darth Vader. (it’s a long story, you should watch the movies)
That’s a mentoring one-two punch story of excellence.
But the fact of the matter is Anakin had a mentor at all times.
And what about Luke Skywalker?
Not only did he have Obi-Wan as a mentor through his time on the tropical vacation planet of Tatooine, when he ventured off to everyone’s favourite swamp — Dagobah, a place even Shrek might say “no way am I living there” — Yoda chipped in with a very hands-on mentoring program as Luke fast-tracked his way toward the status of Jedi.
In summary, the manner in which George Lucas (Star Wars creator) instituted a mentoring program for the Jedi learners was masterful.
What does mentoring look like in your organization?
Do you personally have a mentor?
I like having three; a Millennial, a Gen X’er and a Baby Boomer otherwise known as my Padawan, my Jedi and my Yoda.