A mentor is often someone in a leadership position, who is willing to offer themselves to transfer skills to those in an organization who may be up-and-coming movers and shakers in the industry, or even seasoned leaders to enhance their careers and help them advance. While taking on the mentor role is designed to help the mentee, the experience is not one-sided. Being a mentor offers you an amazing opportunity to enhance your skills and become a better leader.
Following are some essential skills a mentor might consider when helping others develop. In my practice as a leadership coach and trainer, many of these topics come up in discussion.
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Communication requires both the message sender...
Not feeling well? Kind of blah and wishing you had something better to say about the day than a mumbled ‘fine’ when someone asks you how you are? The solution might be simpler than you think.
Our attitudes really are everything. When we’re not feeling great about our lives or how the day is going, everything can seem to go wrong. The problem is life isn’t a steady thing. You might have one really good day followed by another equally bad. With so many things outside of your control from the weather to politics, it might seem impossible to ever truly feel good about anything.
The answer lies in your thinking. By being able to think positively, you will find your entire outlook changes.
How do you develop the habit...
“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands—your own.” —Mark Victor Hansen
This is not the time of year when I purposely set goals for the year. This year has not really been one to be able to really focus on our goals with all the curve balls we have been thrown. This is all the more reason to reevaluate the goals you set at the beginning of the year. It is time to finish strong this year and time to get ready to go.
I encourage you to join me in setting YOUR goals now as well. Now…before the kids start school. Now…while you still have time to accomplish big things for this year.
“Five percent of the people think;
ten percent of the people think they think;
and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” ― Thomas A. Edison
Over the last weeks and now months our lives have been changed and disrupted in ways most of us could never have imagined. I for one, never expected the world to shut down as it has for so long. Even after 9/11 within a week much of the world was back to normal. And I believe we will return to our normal again soon.
However, I hope that you're starting to think a little bit differently, do some things a little bit differently in your life. I'm all about helping people do things differently. And I know how hard that can be. I grew up in a...
There's a lot going on in the world with all the talk of coronavirus, the presidential election coming up this year, and many other things; there is just tons of noise.
I want to inspire you as a leader just to be sure you stay on point. Focus on your mission and your purpose. If you don't know what your mission and your purpose is, let me help you. I'm so focused on my mission and purpose- To ignite leadership transformations in the lives of others, to inspire, and influence others to live on purpose with excellence and taking action in the right direction in their life.
I look at things on social media, I listen to some of the things that are going on in the news, but I try not to let that distract me from my mission.
“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” ~ Hank Aaron
Have you ever found yourself in a slump? Do you feel like no matter what you do, there is no passion behind it? Are you going through the motions in your work, hoping no one notices?
We all have those times. With our current situation across the globe we have been locked down and limited in our activity for weeks as I write this article. Maybe you are experiencing a slump in some areas of life and leadership due to the quarantine.
The term slump often relates to athletes. I am sure you’ve seen athletic teams or individual players experience a slump. (Just...
What does the quote mean to you?
“We either believe we can, or we can’t, either way we are right.” ~ Henry Ford
We are facing challenging times in our world right now, and almost everything about our way of life, both personally and professionally has changed at least for now.
Growing up, I used to hear, as I am sure you did, “You can be anything in life you want to be if you just put your mind to it.”
If this is true, then why do most people end up so dissatisfied in life?
Research shares with us that 70% or more of people in America are unhappy. WOW!
Why are we unhappy?
This study went on to blame this unhappiness on others… or at least that was my take anyway. It said the reason people are unhappy...
If you (or anyone) were to plot the course of your life as a graph, it would show high points and low points – turning points in your life. Though we all wish life was a steady flow of positive experiences, success in every area, and easy living, the fact is, no one has a steady line. There are ups and downs for every one of us.
Now the good news is that if you are a low point, you don’t have to stay there. In his latest book, Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn, John C. Maxwell talks about the value of those low points. He agrees with the adage that failure is the best teacher and recommends we experience failure fast and often.
As someone who is well versed on this subject, having hit those low points...
Do you make commitments and then break them? Maybe you said yes. But I don't think you do break commitments. No, what you break is an agreement.
Agreements are those things you say you want to do or should do. You know we make them all the time. I agree we should connect and have dinner, but then you never do. You see, you made an agreement, but not a commitment.
A commitment should be treated as a binding contract with yourself. However, many of us break our commitments because we aren't really fully committed, we simply agree it is something we should do. We make agreements to people, banks, work, pets, ourselves.
A commitment is something that you have no doubts about. Something you give 100% of your whole self to....
Do you feel stressed out from leadership sometimes? It is natural. Leadership is tough.
I know I have had to develop skills not natural for me,, but they have completely changed my leadership and influence with others.
"Everything rises and falls on leadership." Make sure your leadership creates the right direction.