The SILKMentoring Empowerment Cycle
SILKMentoring has developed a unique women-centered empowerment cycle that can help you grow as an individual and professional.
We recommend going through at least one entire empowerment cycle, which consists of 10 sessions. To delve deeper, you can follow as many empowerment cycles as you wish since our mentoring content is not repetitive. Alternatively, we can also design a more personalized empowerment cycle focused on your most desired improvement areas.
Our empowerment cycle pivots around a positive understanding of human nature (noble and self-aware) and is grounded in a series of key feminine skills and attributes, namely wisdom, intuition, empathy and creativity.
Our learning sequence pairs two skills or attributes that necessitate, reinforce or complement each other. To be able to exhibit the Power of Presence for example, you need to have a degree of Confidence. Likewise, in order to have good Listening skills, you need have Authentic intentions. Foundational qualities in achieving Presence and demonstrating Confidence are Wisdom and Intuition.
While some skills and attitudes are other-facing, implying an interaction with and direct impact on others (external), some skills and attitudes are internal, meaning they mostly require working and focusing on yourself.
At the Core
Positive change is achievable because human nature is fundamentally noble; it enables us to see the good in ourselves and in others.
Conscious understanding of our higher nature unleashes our personal transformation process through new realizations, attitudes and skills.
Anchor Skills and Attributes
Mindful application of what is true or right (universal truths) to facilitate discovery of our own truth and putting this into action.
Trusting our understanding of something intuitively without reasoning facilitates our decision making process in personal and professional settings.
Understanding and sharing the feelings of another person helps us to create safe spaces that facilitate meaningful and transformative conversations.
Using our imagination and resourcefulness to develop solutions that address personal goals and organizational success.
Breakthrough Skills and Capacities
Power of Presence:
Developing our innate ability to project a sense of ease, poise or self-assurance before an audience aids us to command attention and inspire commitment from others.
Belief in self, our skills and competencies is something that can be learned – this will unleash our unique capabilities in both personal and professional settings.
Active listening and being in the present creates spaces for better communication between us and others.
Sharing our genuine selves with others gives them the space and belief that they can do the same.
We convey valuable information in an inspiring fashion thus having a transformative impact – this makes the difference between being heard and understood versus being ignored.
We have to understand our feelings, know and name our limits, be direct and assertive because these are key to consultation and problem solving in most, if not all personal and professional environments.
Reaching agreements in safe environments require us to use our skills, capacities and diplomacy without compromising our personal and professional boundaries and goals.
We can manage conflict and stress while gathering sufficient information to arrive at a just decision by daily exposing ourselves to situations that allow us to use all our learned skills and capacities in our decision-making process.
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Rema: “I reflect if my thoughts will benefit me in my future course of action then I consult with others to better understand the situation. There is power in consultation that is synonymous with courage and to dramatize it more, we should listen to understand, not listen to reply.
I developed greater self-confidence and insight, more rewarding relationships with others and becoming a more effective personality. I realized that true nobility is being superior to one’s former self.”
I was reflecting on the notion of human nobility, trying to think of individuals who I consider “noble” – women in particular. The first person that came to mind was Mother Teresa, but then I got stuck and had to think! This made me wonder why it doesn’t come easy to...
From the 4th of October to the 6th of December, 2020, I ran a 10-week SILKMentoring Empowerment Cycle for the Asia Pacific Region (Australia and Philippines). It was an intensive 25-30 hour program with individual, peer-to-peer and group discussions, activities,...
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