is a quick tip ezine for Managers who believe in
"Results Derived from Within"
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DO YOU HAVE A MENTOR?
saw a short note on a Website offering financial jobs that
had the title “More that half of the CFO’s surveyed had
some kind of a mentor”.
It went on
to say “The benefits of having a mentor shouldn’t be
underestimated, particularly for those who are just starting
their careers, observed Accountemps Chairman Max Messmer. An
experienced advisor’s insight into office protocol and how
to handle sensitive situations, areas that aren’t
necessarily taught in school, are essential to career
question is: Do you have a mentor?
who is reading this newsletter could have a mentor, a
trusted advisor or counselor to guide you through the office
politics and personal agendas. Here are six easy
steps to help you find and work with a Mentor:
- Find the person in your industry
that you most respect.
- Ask them to be your mentor.
- Explain to this person their time
commitment for mentoring you (i.e. 30 minute
meeting/call every month)
- Explain to this person what being
a mentor means to you (my strength is __________ and I
want to find more opportunities to use it in my daily
- Explain the top three reasons
that you chose this person.
- Explain what success would look
like and mean to you in the next six months.
mentor could be the greatest gift that you have in your
Here is an
example: Melanie was working to improve her networking
skills. One day
she told me about meeting Jan, this awesome woman who was in
exactly the position that she would like to be in ten years. When I asked Melanie
if she would ask Jan to be her mentor, her response was,
“I couldn’t possibly do that!” After going through
the exercise above, she approached Jan with the question. Jan’s answer was,
“I will not only be delighted to be your mentor, but I
would like to have you come and work for me.” Imagine
Melanie’s surprise! That
was four years ago and Melanie has since doubled her
compensation, increased her scope of work by 100% and works
from home two days a week.
of the other New Year’s resolutions. Do your home work and
then take the plunge, ask your most respected industry
professional to be your mentor. Congratulations, you
have taken the first step to deriving results from
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