My friend Gerry was a great artist and died recently from complications associated with Parkinson’s disease.
My friend Gerry was a great artist and died recently from complications associated with Parkinson’s disease.

My friend and fellow student, Gerry, was in the Ambassador Hotel audience when Robert Kennedy gave his last speech which was intended to support his 1968 campaign for U.S. President, having won the California primary.

When we’d reminisce about the old days at UCLA and living in L.A., we’d often come to reflecting on that horrific day when Senator Kennedy was assassinated. We were both moved to tears not just from the beautiful, compassionate, and empathic words spoken by Bobby, but also by the sadness of losing someone who was so inspirational, filling the world with hope and joy. …


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When I was travelling around North America delivering keynotes, seminars, or workshops on mentoring, I would typically begin each session with the question: “How many people in the audience currently have a mentor or have had a mentor in the past?” I’d also ask this same question at the beginning of the dozens of mentor program leader or mentor training sessions that I contracted to lead. I was often surprised about how few people associated with my lecture circuit or in my workshops raised their hands or indicated some connection with a mentor in the present or past.

I found…


One of the advantages of the Internet is instant access to unlimited essays, publications, podcasts and sources for information about every possible topic. And one of the disadvantages of the Internet is instant access to unlimited essays, publications, podcasts and sources for information about every possible topic.

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With millions of “hits” likely to appear when searching for knowledge, inspiration, or practice ideas in coaching, mentoring or peer support, it’s virtually impossible to determine which hits are credible, readable, innovative, backed by science or expertise, and long-term experience. …


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Quotes are a valuable way to create value in mentoring. They can serve as a source of inspiration, an acknowledgment of value gained, a tool for clarifying ideas and act as a catalyst for reflection and learning.

Over the years, I have collected a variety of quotes which I originally used in workshops, training, and professional publications. Sometimes quotes lend credibility to ideas since many of the quotes come from well-known persons in history or contemporary society.

Quotes can also be used as a basis for discussion of ideas and meaning. I’ve also used the quotes as the basis for…


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Our lives are continually influenced by a series of transitions marked by engaging in reflection, making resolutions and setting or re-setting goals. With a world characterized by considerable turmoil, turbulence and conflict, a review and possible realignment of personal and professional priorities is inevitable.

Transitions happen throughout the year, and can often be identified by the degree to which they act as a catalyst for self examination. Transitions typically prompt a review of our capabilities, talents and strengths, a consideration of our weaknesses, an acknowledgement of our mistakes or regrets, or a rekindling of our fears.

One of the most…


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That shrill voice. Those lame jokes. A few zingers. A stunned audience. Comedian Michelle Wolf made her national debut at the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner. She shot for the moon and mostly landed on her duff. Her jokes about #45, the current White House press secretary, and a few contemporary issues seemed trite, tired, and possibly mean-spirited.

Better comic routines using contemporary issues and daily pronouncements from the White House are much funnier when voiced by people like Bill Maher, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, other late-night talk show hosts, and the often accidental comedic retorts stated by…


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We reached a milestone in our collection of famous mentoring relationships in our curated collection known as The Mentoring Hall of Fame.

The list of mentor pairs was compiled by Rey Carr from a variety of sources including autobiographies, biographies, newspaper articles, personal interviews, and diligent historical research. Mentor pairs portrayed in fiction or movies are also included.

Pairings are divided into ten general categories. In most cases, mentors and their partners could be included in the same category. However, where a mentor and partner are from different career or life areas, the pairing has been placed in the partner’s…


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The last few weeks have seen a frenzy of reports about the use and alleged misuse of data collected by the biggest names on the Internet: Facebook, Google and Amazon. In addition, considerable media attention has been devoted to identifying commercial culprits such as Cambridge Analytica and AggregateIQ who have used this data for nefarious and possible illegal purposes. Accusations have been made about the collected data being used to influence elections, alter political decisions, and promote racial intolerance.

What puzzles me is why there is so much attention to a phenomenon that is neither new or novel. While various…


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Three Reasons Media Has it Wrong About Data Collection Practices

The last few weeks have seen a frenzy of reports about the use and alleged misuse of data collected by the biggest names on the Internet: Facebook, Google and Amazon. In addition, considerable media attention has been devoted to identifying commercial culprits such as Cambridge Analytica and AggregateIQ who have used this data for nefarious and possible illegal purposes. Accusations have been made about the collected data being used to influence elections, alter political decisions, and promote racial intolerance.

What puzzles me is why there is so much attention to a phenomenon that is neither new or novel. While various…

Rey Carr

I’m a mentor, coach, and peer support leader. I love writing and finding ways to engage people in learning about things that have meaning for them.

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