Volume 5, Issue 1

Coach Vickie Bevenour - www.CoachVickie.com

January 2007

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... is a quick tip ezine for Managers who believe in "Results Derived from Within"
Written by: Vickie Bevenour

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The RDW Group, Inc.
114 Partheni Court
Cary , NC 27519

January 2007


I recently 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 success.”

 The question is: Do you have a mentor?

Everyone 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: 

  1. Find the person in your industry that you most respect.
  2. Ask them to be your mentor.
  3. Explain to this person their time commitment for mentoring you (i.e. 30 minute meeting/call every month)
  4. 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 work.)
  5. Explain the top three reasons that you chose this person.
  6. Explain what success would look like and mean to you in the next six months.

Having a mentor could be the greatest gift that you have in your career.

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.

Forget all 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 within.

If you like the tip, let us know but more important, share it with a friend or colleague. As always, YOUR SUCCESS IS MY GREATEST PLEASURE.

Copyright 2006 The RDW Group, Inc.

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