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November 8, 2010

This is what happens when you discover a remarkable mentor

To help you on your journey get advice from those who have been there.

Seek them out and build meaningful relationships with them for the long term. What you are looking for is a coach to help you develop your personal skills and competencies and help you aspire to your career goals.

Your mentor doesn’t have to be within your organization.

In fact there are many advantages on having an external mentor including having an objective, political-free point of view.


What you are looking for are the capabilities that they have that makes them special. Wherever they are, find them and discover the secrets that make them great.

Choose mentors that express competencies across the range of critical organizational areas including Human Resources, Strategy, Marketing, Sales and Serving Customers.

Build your mentor portfolio and engage with them on a regular basis:

> Meet with them informally just to keep in touch and deepen your relationship with them.
> Take them an issue you are currently working on and get their views on the options to address it. Get their input. Figure out how they think.
> Ask them for introductions to others who possess the skills and experience you need to develop new competencies.
> Determine the challenges they are currently facing in their organization and how they are addressing them.

That said; don’t discount the learning opportunities and guidance you can receive by reading and studying material produced by recognized leaders in the business world.

Voracious reading breeds virtual mentors who collectively will influence your life.

Voracious readers benefit from the plethora and diversity of ideas they absorb from a variety of authors. And in addition to getting new insights, reading can also help you develop mentor relationships. It is probably true that the most effective mentor relationship is one where you have regular personal contact with your mentor.

I spent many hours studying the work of authors, business leaders and subject matter experts:
—Peter Drucker on business management.
Tom Peters on what makes companies excellent.
—Ken Blanchard on how to get the most out of a precious minute on the job.
—Seth Godin on marketing.
—Chip Bell on customer service.
—Jack Welch on leadership and winning.
—Jim Collins on why some companies make the leap to greatness and why others don’t.

These individuals collectively had a major influence on the many responsibilities I had over my career. I definitely consider them as mentors.
They gave me ideas on a range of subjects that were both relevant to the challenges my organization was facing and that I was intrigued to learn more about.
I would often combine the approaches of various experts into one that would meet my specific needs; the broader the range of views you have at your disposal the better able you are to create a solution that fits your circumstances uniquely.

Find remarkable folks to follow and separate YOU from the herd.


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