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February 15, 2016

Why look for a mentor who is smart?

There are so many people out there talking about so many things. The airwaves are cluttered with opinions and advice.

Subject matter “experts” abound on every topic.

Who do you listen to? Who do you believe? Who do you trust? Who do you follow?

And how do you recognize when someone is “blowing smoke” at you and feeding their own ego?

My advice is to be guided by individuals who have had a rich and long career actually “doing stuff”.

Lots of stuff.

People who have demonstrated achievements in the areas that intrigue you.

People who have implemented successful strategies in an environment of organizational politics, cultural impediments and the “wars” of competition.

Be wary of those who merely postulate what should be done based on text book doctrine alone.

Theory is not always a trustworthy beacon for what works and what doesn’t work in the real business world.

Just because theory says it is the right thing to do doesn’t mean it is. There are too many variables that can never be explained by theoretical doctrine.

Look to people who “have been there” for guidance. These are people who have learned that a minor portion of theory with a major dose of practicality is the formula for success.

Looked for those who have a track record of failure.

Don’t get mesmerized by the “blue oceans”.

There aren’t any.

They are “sorta blue-grey” or “dirty blue-green” in reality. And they need to be treated as such.

Find someone who talks simply.

Who has a stellar record of achievement.

Who exudes trust. Who speaks passionately.

Who has winning and failing stories to tell.

Who is a teacher looking for a student willing to learn.

Cheers,
Roy

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