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In depth post #3

Hey TALONS,

During my last meet-up with my mentor, we made breakfast cookies, literal cookies made from rice cereal and oats, making it a breakfast cookie, made from breakfast, that you can eat for breakfast. During the meeting, I copied down the flour recipe, and can now use it at my own house, both for in-depth, and for recreational baking. My mentor and I managed to get rid of ingredients that we no longer needed, and split the cookies up fairly. Overall, we have completed 4 recipes out of my 7. After consideration of the state of my current homework load, I will do all of the second bakes, or memorization bakes, where I make all of the baked goods again, but without any assistance. This consists of chocolate muffins, cinnamon buns, breakfast cookies, and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. The next meeting is on the 24th of February where we will make banana chocolate chip mini muffins. One important fulfillment of my in depth contract that I have completed is substituting and editing recipes, which I have definitely finished seeing as all of the recipes, except for the chocolate muffins, were originally not gluten free.

1.What went particularly well during your mentoring sessions?

During my mentoring sessions, everything goes extremely well, from communication, preparation, clean-up, baking, and tasting. This is possible because of our pre-made bond from piano lessons over the last 5 years. This relationship allows for increased trust, respect, knowledge of how the other works, and where the cookware is stored. If I could change one thing, I would change my knowledge of the rules of baking, but as that takes time, I am happy to learn it along the way with my mentor.

2.What three strategies could improve the quality of your mentoring  interactions?

  1. Asking one another for anything that we may need from them rather than assuming it will be noticed and completed
  2. Asking ourselves if we can help one another when it looks like they are in need.
  3. Planning ahead of time for future meetings, and informing one another of complications

3.What is the action plan for implementing each of the three strategies?

We have shared any events that would complicate our future meeting for the next few months, and are constantly looking for ways to improve our baking experience by aiding with their tasks, and before you know it, we have switched tasks.

In-depth post #2

It took awhile to recover it, but I managed to re-post my indepth post 2

 

How did your mentor gain their experience/ expertise?

  • Over the years, my mentor has gained her experience through the years of toil and trouble of being on a gluten free diet. With years of practice, you tend to uncover a few secrets or in this case, recipes of great quality, and my mentor has done such. This collection of recipes, experience in the culinary arts, and ability to make substitutes in non-gluten-free recipes allows for an easy, but highly educational interaction during our meetings.

What were those experiences like for your mentor?

  • When my mentor first went gluten-free, it took a toll on multiple things in her life, taste, texture, cost, and current ingredients were all immediately changed, forcing her to adapt. As the cost rose and the taste got worse, she improvised and went on a year long journey to find what she could use and eat in her life to bring it closer to the level it was once at. After 9 month of trying different bread brands, she finally found one that tasted like something other than a brick, and from that point on, she collected these brands, recipes and flours until she had the amount and variety of supplies today which can fulfill nearly any gluten free recipe I can find.

What wisdom have you gained from your mentor so far?

  • I have learned how to make a flour mix, use a variety of cookware, the qualities of various ingredients, recipes, and the places where I can get the best GF ingredients.

What have you learned so far, in terms of facilitation strategies, that might contribute to your own development as a mentor?

  • Throughout our last few meetings, I have learned how to organize and label my food for maximum ease of access to ingredients and tools, activate yeast and allow it to expand to a desired point, substitute gluten ingredients, change the thickness of a batter, and how to remove a yolk from an egg. All these things I have learned in a mere 3 weeks. To think that I would be able to learn that much in such a small amount of time

Leadership: 360 degree leader

After watching a week long series regarding how one can lead, nurture and support other leaders from anywhere in the chain of command, but in this post, I will only be discussing one of the points that was brought up: Do more than manage, lead. This specific idea entails that people should not just send others to do things, but instead nurture, protect and lead them in a personalized fashion to best suit their needs, setting them up for success.

To quote John,

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“People more than projects

Movement more than maintenance

Art more than science

Intuition more than formula

Vision more than procedure

Risk more than caution

Action more than reaction

Relationships more than rules

Who you are more than what you do”

Overall, they may seem like a selfless and cliche points, however, they hold more meaning in the way that they all require you, as the leader, to step outside you comfort zone and help the group more than yourself. I view these as guidelines, arguably one of the most important and tangible things John had given us during the duration of his seminars.

Beyond that, the specific section continues into a ‘beyond management’ idea. The idea described states that people should think long-term when leading and push boundaries.

Finally, the description given to the 360 degree leaders:

People who ask questions, have answers, take responsibility and influence others to follow.

That is a 360 Degree Leader