“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek, British-American inspirational author and speaker.
David walks into Mr. Stevens’ office for a first meeting. He shakes Mr. Stevens’ hand, opens his briefcase and proceeds to lecture about the greatness of his products. The harangue lasts about 45 minutes. As he continues to talk, David packs up his materials, again shakes Mr. Stevens’ hand, and walks out of the office.
A workplace mentoring program means you have someone to turn to for guidance on improving both your approach to your job and your approach to career development. So, how do you convince the senior leadership team to introduce such a program?
It’s that time of year again when salespeople lift their heads up from their cubicles to see if there is a better opportunity out there. So, what do I mean by “that time of the year?” Actually, it’s most every day. The way most salespeople are wired, they have an insatiable urge for more. More money! More responsibility! More, more, more!
I’m a big believer in recovering lost time by killing timewasting behaviors, jettisoning useless tasks, and tightening work processes. But no matter how well you’ve triaged your schedule, you can probably do even more. That’s because most of us engage in small, thoughtless actions or omissions that cost us time. Let’s look at the worse time-nibblers you may still engage in.
During any mentoring relationship, it’s important to check-in with each other to assess the relationship’s progress. This is typically done around the mid-point of your relationship and provides both parties with an opportunity to discuss and evaluate where you’re going.
The following tips will guide you through this check-in meeting with your mentoring partner.
Sometimes, your message to a potential mentor goes unanswered. It may leave you feeling disappointed because that person appeared to be a good match; but you give up and chalk it up to that person being too busy to respond. But, when it comes to building mentoring relationships, it takes more than just a quick message to get things started. The following tips will get your mentoring meeting requests noticed and increase your likelihood of getting a response.
Sometimes when you are in a mentoring relationship, you get stuck on what else you can do together. There are several activities that you can do to figure out your next steps, but let’s talk about one of my all-time favourite activities – mind mapping.