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URGENT CARE

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.

STEALING THE BASES

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!

SPRING FORWARD

yellow_daffodils_-_floriade_canberra1After the doldrums of winter, many people want to “jump start” their careers.

Motivations are many: better work environment; greater reward; new degree on the horizon; new opportunities in the same organization.

There’s a particular triangle of talent that can really energize workers and that’s a good relationship between a manager, a mentee and the mentor.

Good managers recognize the underdeveloped abilities of their people and they can recommend mentors to help further the progress of their team members.

Aware mentees are the ones who can best identify areas in which they know or suspect they need growth.

Taking their developmental objectives to a good manager will help identify the sort of mentoring desired.

Gifted mentors provide strategic guidance to mentees, supporting both the manager and the growing mentee.

Mentors suggest readings, growth-oriented assignments and work in their own lessons of experience–

WITHOUT being problem-solvers for their mentees.

The solid energy triangle between the manager, mentee and mentor recognizes that it is the mentee

who’s the most in charge of his or her personal growth. Others can champion this adventure,

but it’s up to the mentee to “spring forward.”