RESOURCES from 4word

4word Blog

How to Have Foolproof Mentoring

  Effective mentoring is a powerful thing, but not all mentoring works the way it should. Some pairings simply never get off the ground while others go wrong over time. The reasons vary widely, but the two main culprits are a lack of shared values and a lack… Read More

Mentoring Made Easy

You need mentors. If you have any doubt, pick up almost any career guidance book or magazine. According to Catalyst, a nonprofit that researches and advocates for women in the workplace, employees with mentors tend to earn more, advance further, stress less, and experience higher rates of job satisfaction. And… Read More

Is a Mentor Worth It?

At 4word, we talk about mentorship a lot. It’s something I passionately believe in, and it’s one of the pillars of 4word and why I founded it. The fall session of our 4word Mentor Program is accepting applications through Friday, September 2, 2016, so if you’ve been thinking about connecting with a mentor or… Read More

What Makes a Mentor Great

We hear a lot about the benefits of mentoring today, but mentoring itself is not a new phenomenon. Mentoring has always been part of God’s design for weaving together the lives of His people. Titus 2:3 paints a picture of older women teaching and training younger women in “what is… Read More

Pokémon Parenting

As I have watched the phenomenon of the latest video game sensation reach to ridiculous heights and consume my kids’ time, I have decided not to fight it. Instead of resenting Pokémon Go, I have resolved to learn from it. I’m asking questions like: "How do we get… Read More

The Spiritual Side of Mentoring

One of 4word’s passion areas is mentoring. It’s one of the great ways we support women in the workplace as they seek to honor God, honor their families, and excel in the place where God has called them to work. We don’t often talk about the spiritual and… Read More

Achieve Your Full Potential

Mentorship is something with which I have been privileged to be involved, both as a mentor and a mentee. With our next 4word Mentor Program session coming up in a few weeks, I wanted to share with you the story of one of my long time friends and… Read More

The 4 Things a Mentor is NOT

For all of the fuss made about how important and valuable mentors can be (a fuss I often make!), there’s a lot of bad information out there too. I am surprised by the number of young women I meet who either don’t have mentors or who don’t find… Read More

Mentorship: A TEAM Effort

Who do you tend to go to first when you need advice on something? A spouse, a parent, a sibling? Maybe a co-worker or close friend? While these people fall into the category of confidante, would you believe that they could also be categorized as mentors? Elizabeth Knox,… Read More

5 Steps to Mentor Bliss

So, you know you need mentors, right? You don’t have to take my word for it. If you have any doubt, pick up almost any career guidance book or magazine, or check out this research from Catalyst showing that employees with mentors tend to earn more, advance further,… Read More

No (Career) Regrets!

Decisions can you leave you feeling one of two ways: relieved or regretful. If you’re feeling like the second option, what can you do about it? We talked with 4word woman, Dawn Atwood, about how her company, a licensee of Disney products, recovered from the missed merchandise opportunity… Read More

Where’s My Roadmap?

Do you remember the moment you decided what you would do with your life? Was it a moment of clarity or a moment of desperation? Julie Champion discovered her passion for mentoring high school and college students when she was a freshman in college and has since devoted… Read More

Once in a Lifetime Mentor: Norma, 89

I’ve been blessed by many mentors in my life, but Norma Coldwell might be the most precious to me. I met Norma about five years ago through her son Cameron, who is part of my bible study class at church. Cameron has Multiple Sclerosis, and in 2009,… Read More

Cross the Gender Line: My Male Mentee

What kind of impact can mentoring really have on your career? Is it really so important to have that relationship, or can you excel without it? We asked these questions to Craig Robinson, president of the United States division of Colliers International and long time friend and mentee… Read More

How Taking a Detour May Get You to Your Dream

Talents, passions, and making your dreams a reality. This is often a long road with lots of twists and turns. Today, we are talking to one of our own team members, Jordan Johnstone, the mastermind behind Friday Faves and other copywriting endeavors here at 4word, about her newly… Read More

Social Media: The Latest Disorder Plaguing Girls (of all ages)

Morgan Eseke is a business marketing professional (and 4word woman!) here in Dallas. She has a passion for mentoring younger women, and in 2009 she launched a multigenerational discipleship ministry in Norman, Ok called CoffeeTalk. Most recently, she launched a blog with the purpose of inspiring women of all… Read More

I Wanted a To-Do List, God Wanted Me.

There’s something so appealing about the idea of knowing and pursuing your calling, isn’t there? Maybe it’s just me who feels this way, but I doubt it! I think we all want to know that we’re on the right path. And that’s what a “calling” really implies, isn’t… Read More

Want a Promotion? LinkedIn Says "Get a Mentor"

At 4word, we believe that one of the best investments you can make in yourself and your career comes through a mentoring relationship. As you are navigating and evaluating life and career goals, the advice and guidance of someone who has been on the same path as you… Read More