Mentoring someone is a great experience. And then it’s not. If you’ve spent any time mentoring you’ve experienced hitting a wall. Usually it’s when your protege can’t or won’t see how she is the author of her own difficulty (or at least an active accomplice to it).
Do you mentor someone with a blind spot? Need an idea? What if you shift gears and use your relationship with each other as a lab to explore how they think and respond? Can your real-time experience, how you talk, how you act, how you struggle through things, provide an insight to their behaviour in the workplace?