By Rick Boxx
如同耶穌在路加福音6章40節所說的:「學生不能高過先生；凡學成了的不過和先生一樣。」耶穌在帶領門徒時，就已經明白指出一個人無法教導自己在工作或生活中沒有的價值觀。或是像箴言27章17節所說的:「鐵磨鐵，磨出刃來； 朋友相感( – 原文是磨朋友的臉)也是如此。」
本文版權為正直資源中心（Integrity Resource Center, Inc.）所有。本文獲得授權改編自「瑞克．博克思的正直時刻Integrity Moments with Rich Boxx」。這系列的文章是以一個基督徒的觀點評論職場的正直議題。
你以前否當過實習生？如果有，那是什麼樣的經驗？ 當你聽到領導或指導時，會聯想到什麼？ 你會如何選擇領導的適當人選？你如何判斷他是否具備領袖的特質？ 耶穌說：「學生不能高於老師，凡學成了的不過和先生一樣。」有什麼例子可以證明這句話？如果你想要看看或討論聖經中更多與這篇主題相關的經節，請參考：民數記6章6-9節；腓立比書 4章8-9節；提摩太後書2章2節；彼得前書5章5-6節； 約翰一書 3章2節
MENTORING FULLY TRAINED “APPRENTICES”
By Rick Boxx
Many vocational trades, including plumbers, carpenters, electricians and other skilled crafts, over the years have utilized apprentice programs to train the next generation of workers entering their particular vocation. The novice worker comes alongside a veteran in the profession, learning what to do and how it should be done, both through observation and hands-on practice.
In the business and professional world, a similar strategy is often implemented, although the term “apprentice” is rarely used. Instead, this approach for training sometimes takes shape in the form of a mentorship or internship.
Mentoring might take a variety of forms, and may be carried out as part of a formalized program that is part of each person”s job description, or a more informal, relationally oriented process. Either way, a more seasoned executive or staff member serving as a mentor can be of great benefit in helping a newer employee become established with the company.
The question sometimes arises, “What is our goal in mentoring?” It is valid to ask this. In fact, it is an important consideration if the activity of mentoring is to have the desired outcome. The purpose might not only be to prepare and equip the individuals for specific roles or responsibilities, but also to help them in understanding and embracing the company culture and values. In the corporate world, multi-generational family businesses are rare, especially beyond the second generation, and one reason is the failure to pass along values and practices that made a company successful at its start.
People being mentored also can observe company veterans, seeing how they handle certain situations, particularly under stress. As a wise person once said, some things are more easily caught than taught. Finding a good, consistent role model to mentor can go a long way in developing a good employee.
Whenever possible, allowing a new or prospective employee the opportunity to shadow an experienced worker can be an effective way to train and equip your next round of leaders. Without these opportunities, many young people will make costly mistakes and have greater likelihood of failure.
In this mentoring/apprenticeship process, one important consideration must remain foremost: The person serving as mentor must be someone worthy to teach and model. It is said, “Practice makes perfect,” but that is untrue if you practice imperfectly. A mentor that does substandard work, or exhibits unacceptable values or ethics, cannot train newer staff people how to perform at a higher, more desirable level.
As Jesus said in Luke 6:40, "The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher." In leading His own followers, Jesus demonstrated that people cannot teach – or mentor – above the standard by which they themselves are working and living. Or as Proverbs 27:17 states, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man (or woman) sharpens another.”
For this reason, in training someone new in your profession, be intentional about assigning him or her to shadow one of your best people, someone in your organization that is highly valued. Hopefully, the newer person eventually will end up being like the mentor – another top contributor to your company.
Copyright 2015, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective.
Have you ever served as an apprentice or held an internship in any profession? If so, what was that experience like for you? When you hear the words “mentor” or “mentoring,” what thoughts come to your mind? How can you best determine whether someone – even yourself – is qualified and suited for mentoring another individual? What criteria would you establish for such a person? Jesus stated, "The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher." Assuming that is true, what examples have you observed that would confirm this?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Philippians 4:8-9; 2 Timothy 2:2; 1 Peter 5:5-6; 1 John 3:2