Whether you’e a Mentor or a Mentee, a sense of urgency on the job matters–because it beats complacency every time.
Folks who are complacent on the job, no matter at what stage of development, just hang out in a comfort zone of safety.
They usually think everything’s pretty much OK, just the way it is.
But those with a strategic vision, for their organization and for themselves, aren’t really comfortable.
They nurture a gut level determination to keep moving forward; keep winning; keep adding skills and tools to their world of work.
These people seek action on critical issues NOW–and want to move forward toward distinction, greatness, unique goals.
They work on renewing their sense of purpose and pay attention to their inner direction. You might think of their approach as urgent care!
The 5-part complex of “vitamin C’s” to maintain this spirit includes Courage, Creativity, Competence, Communication and Competitiveness.
A balanced and steady dose of these will give new meaning to “urgent care” for both Mentor and Mentee career pathways and personal relationships.
If you want to put some spark in your career, or re-energize your work team, think about Project-Based Mentoring. This approach has significant benefits for both individuals and for organizations.
And it doesn’t matter if this approach is used in medical/clinical settings; space and aeronautics; energy or manufacturing; transportation or pharmaceutical; banking or non-profit enterprises. Project-based mentoring can help your summer sizzle no matter where you work or what shift you work!
Old or new projects get accomplished and people in the organization grow more and shine brighter. Go for it!
One of the most exciting moves in the game of baseball occurs when the slugger steals a base, then two, then three, then slides home!
In some ways, the dividends of being a mentor are a bit like stealing all the bases. Here’s what one seasoned mentor wrote:
—–“I get to re-teach myself important lessons from my experience, as I prepare to support my mentee.
—–My only mission is to help my mentee become more able, so I concentrate on listening, clarifying, probing and challenging. That carries over into all my relationships and helps ME be a better person and more interesting to be around.
—–Mentoring forces me to re-open my mind to a wider range of alternatives and ways of thinking. I become more creative and thoughtful, and that rubs off on my own habits, judgments and decision-making.
—–Working with mentees from different circumstances helps me look at t hings I might otherwise ignore or never face. I’ve had mentees who are younger, older, of a different gender, culture and race than myself. They have gifted me with a spectrum of views, values, norms and ways of thinking that i can now celebrate.”
WOW! That’s like stealing ALL the bases….in the game of life…and winning the inning!