Living the dream is published on the 27th of every month by Tania Basheer of Blue Sky Coaching.
by Tania Basheer, Publisher

10 Benefits of Having Good Mentors

Vol 4, Issue 11
27 November 2008

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'Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.'

- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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10 Ways to Create a More Balanced Lifestyle

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Hi! from Tania

Hi there,

Can you believe that Christmas is now only 4 weeks away?

I love Christmas and can't wait, especially since I'm preparing to start maternity leave on 31 December. We're currently diligently de-cluttering (after needing to empty rooms to lay new floorboards - I'm amazed at how much stuff we've managed to accumulate!) and I'm creating a new bedroom for Jake, complete with a red racing car bed.  Good timing too, because he's just started watching Roary the Racing Car on TV, so he loved the bed when I showed him and had a good jump on it in the showroom.

I'm also excited to say that tomorrow, Rick and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, because I'm pregnant, it will be minus the French champagne for me, but I'm really looking forward to dinner at The Manse, one of Adelaide's fine dining restaurants. My brother-in-law David Basheer gave it a rating of 11 out of 10, so that's pretty impressive! 

I hope all's going well for you in the lead up to Christmas and the end of another year.

If you'd like any help in getting organised for Christmas, check out this great Christmas Countdown Planner at: prepared by Rebecca from Clear Space Organising Services (see her details at the bottom of this month's e-zine). I've found it really helpful! 

Warm wishes,


Tania Basheer - Publisher
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Feature: 10 Benefits of Having Good Mentors

Feature: 10 Benefits of Having Good Mentors

The greatest benefits to be gained from any mentoring relationship come from how the mentee uses what their mentor can provide them.

Here are 10 specific benefits of working with good mentors:    

  • Knowledge and contacts: An often unique benefit that can only be gained from a good mentor is a combination of detailed industry knowledge and personal introductions to the mentor's contacts, which have often taken the mentor many years to establish, and which might not otherwise be readily available to you.
  • Business and life skills: As a mentee, you can also learn valuable business and life skills from your mentor, including best business practices, appropriate behaviours and protocols.
  • Insight: A good mentor can also arrange experiences, such as participation in meetings, events or work experience, which will enable you to get insight into an organisation's culture and systems, or how a specific role is performed in that organisation.
  • Perspective and vision: Discussions with your mentor will stretch your thinking by providing you with another perspective to your own, as well as the benefit of your mentor's vision, which comes from their wider experience.
  • Reduced feelings of isolation: Working with a mentor also often creates a sense of peer partnership that might not otherwise be available to you within your organisation because you're the boss, be it the CEO or the owner of your own business.  
  • Wisdom and learning from past experiences: As a mentee, you can also benefit greatly from hearing the lessons that your mentor has learned along the way through their past experiences - both their successes and failures.
  • Improved performance: A good mentor will provide you with valuable feedback or make suggestions that will enable you to improve your skills or to experience personal growth, ultimately leading to your improved performance.
  • Talent development: Where a mentor is an expert in a particular field, they'll often be able to spot your unique talents and make suggestions about to how you can further develop and make the most of your talents and gifts.  
  • A sounding board: Having a good mentor will also enable you to test your ideas and discuss your points of view with an interested listener in a safe and confidential environment.
  • Learn how to be a good mentor: The experience of working with a good mentor will also serve as a training ground to enable you to develop good mentoring behaviours and become a good mentor for others.

For more business, executive and life coaching tips to help you achieve your goals and create and live the life you've always wanted, visit: To find out more about how you can work with me personally, visit:, or call me on (08) 8338 3134 or e-mail me on

Coaching Referrals

Between my own client base and a large workplace coaching engagement I'm currently involved in through Results Coaching Systems, I'm now fully booked until I take maternity leave on 31 December.

If you'd like to start working with a coach soon (be it business, executive or personal or as part of a workplace initiative) please feel free to call me on (08) 8338 3134 to discuss your needs, as I'd be happy to refer you to one of my coach colleagues, based on what you're looking for.

For more information on one-to-one personal or business coaching, go to: and look under the tab 'Find A Coach.' Or, for workplace coaching initiatives, such as sourcing external executive coaches or training managers to become in-house coaches, visit:

Of course, if you'd like to work with me, I'll be returning from maternity leave in July 2009, so please get in touch before then to arrange your coaching.

p.s. I don't receive any 'kick-backs' from referring you on to my colleagues for personal or business coaching. They've just had the same coach training as me, so I'm confident they'd take the same coaching approach with you that I would, so I'm happy to recommend them to you. In the case of workplace coaching, if I'm involved in introducing your organisation to a workplace coach training program or executive coaching initiative, I will receive a small percentage of your gig for my role in the initiation of the referral.

Receive a Special BONUS With my New EFT Packages

As I'll be starting maternity leave on 31 December, I realised the need to change my EFT packages to ensure I could continue deliver them! Specifically, one of my packages included a 60-minute consultation with me, which I can't provide any more as I'm now fully-booked until 31 December.

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Please feel free to call me on (08) 8338 3134 or 0411 471 941 to order any of my EFT DVD packages, or if you have any questions at all about my packages or EFT.

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Next Month: 10 Ways to Create a More Balanced Lifestyle

Do you crave a more enjoyable lifestyle with a less hectic pace? Do you find yourself snowed under with chores, work and personal commitments that aren't really fulfilling?

Next month we'll look at 10 ways to get the new year off to fresh start by creating a more balanced, less stressful lifestyle.

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