Reading ‘Reinventing You’ by Dorie Clark. Came across a quote:When the student is ready the teacher will appear. What a thought provoking statement? Through out our lives we never stop learning.
Having mentors inside and outside the business you are in, is one of the keys to a succesful career.
Once you have secured a mentor, here are the three things you need to do:
1. Schedule your session monthly, bi- monthly with your mentor(whatever you have agreed), Don’t wait for your mentor to do it, as they are usually senior people with conflicting priorities.
2. Be prepared for your session. What have you achieved since your last meeting with your mentor? what did you implement and how did that work for you? What is challenging you? What are your goals? What obstacles are there in achieving your goals?
3. Summarise your actions in the meeting or call and follow up with an email promptly.
Are you a great Mentee?
To live outside your comfort zone you need to be taking part in new experiences. If you want to be a great leader you need to be someone who challenges others to stretch themselves. If you don’t live outside your comfort zone, how do inspire others? My greatest pleasure from my role today is helping others to realize their potential by challenging them to take on a new activity, develop a new skill, find courage to do something different to achieve a greater outcome for their team.
I have been meaning to join Toastmasters for over 10 years and finally started a year ago. I now speak and evaluate speeches once a month. Three weeks ago I did my first humorous speech and won best speaker. Outside of work I learned to surf at age 45, I love being out on the waves again challenging myself to do something new.
When we learn a new sport or skill or reach a new level of mindfulness, we have to be vulnerable to learn, that’s the mindset of a leader.
What are you doing to live outside your comfort zone? How are you challenging your team to grow?
About 9 years ago, the business I was running was up for sale. After three start-ups in over 20 years, I was ready for a different challenge, that challenge was Corporate. Realizing my skills were limited in Corporate, I decided to find a business coach, who had been successful in a Corporate to prepare me for the change.
I knew no one who had a coach and no one in a senior level in a corporate, so I went on to Linked-in and found three coaches in Sydney. Interviewed all three and selected the person who asked me the most challenging questions, and made me feel a little uneasy. I knew this was what I needed if I was going to develop skills for corporate leadership.
My mentors had been great and really helped me develop, but I was ready for something a little more challenging. I engaged Phil Crenigan to help me with my journey. He has worked with me through many different phases over the last 4 year including; preparing to move from entrepreneurial business to corporate, career planning, building high performance teams, developing executive skills, networking and much more.
My progress has accelerated and the biggest benefit from my whole journey with Phil, is that he has taught me to be a better coach.
Mentors remain important, but if you truly want to accelerate your career a business coach is a must.