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Finding a Mentor

I was pleased to get an email the other day from a young professional who seeks out my mentoring advice on occasion. She told me she had just learned she would be starting the new job soon that she’d been hoping to obtain. That reminded me of what it’s like to change jobs – at any point in a career. When you start a new job, it is usually overwhelming. There are new people’s names (and titles) to learn along with the office layout, the alphabet soup of acronyms, and the culture and ethos of the organization. You aren’t thinking about identifying a mentor, I’m sure. But that is something that would be very useful at this early stage. While some organizations assign a “buddy” or other peer co-worker to new, junior employees to help them navigate the newness at an organization, as you become more senior, this rarely happens. For some reason, leaders think other leaders and leaders-on-the-way don’t need help when joining an organization. Don’t let this stop you. Mentors are everywhere arou

Leading Through Learning (from #MyWorld Fall 2010 - American Mgt Assn)

These 12 leading through learning principles apply to all of us no matter what our position description says. Each of us is a leader in some fashion, even if we feel we are just starting out on our career track. I think you’ll agree that they apply to you. 1.       Understand that we will never get back to normal. 2.       Take care of one another. 3.       React…pause…respond. 4.       Talk-even when you don’t believe there is much to say. 5.       Be visible-now is not the time to play hide-and-seek. 6.       Maintain integrity and high moral values. 7.       Optimize costs, with retention in mind. 8.       Be a brand ambassador. 9.       Assess and rebuild trust. 10.    Remember, leaders are human, too. 11.    Think like a child. 12.    Take care of your emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. Posted via email from sue griffey's posterous