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.
You are probably well versed on social networking; many millions of people log into some of the popular social networking sites. People are checking out who is viewing their profiles and who is connected to whom, as well as sharing status updates, liking things, commenting and finding out what their network is doing. But, when it comes to social mentoring, there are a lot of uncertainties about what it is and how it all works.
These days, despite technology intended to make life easier, we tend to work harder and have less discretionary time than ever before. Why? After 20 years speaking at conferences and implementing productivity-improvement programs at Fortune 1000 companies, I’ve come to recognize certain nemeses most of us face repeatedly.
Modern job descriptions, especially those at the managerial level, often specify more responsibilities than anyone can accomplish within an ordinary workweek. This may seem ludicrous at first blush, but it reflects the reality of the business world as it exists today. No one really expects upper-level managers to directly handle all their responsibilities; nor could they. Trying to do so would wreck their lives inside of a week.
One of the chief advantages of the human brain is the ability to think of a multitude of ideas. We call the process “brainstorming,” and for good reason: when done right, an actual flood of ideas results. We can then grab the likely looking ones and start throwing them at the problem until something sticks.