Mentoring Time

Have you ever had a job where you felt like you were left to sink or swim entirely on your own? Did your boss fail to allocate sufficient mentoring time to help you develop skills and improve the likelihood you would make meaningful contributions to the success of the company as well as your career?

We All Want to Matter

A mentor can be one of the most valuable people in anyone’s life. In fact, some people actually have more than one mentor. They may have someone who mentors them in work skills development, another for relationships, and perhaps another for spiritual mentoring. Of course, that is not the usual situation. But think about it. Have there been people in your life that you realized when looking back were a de facto mentor?

The reality is that we all tend to have blind spots in our life. Having someone to come along side you to offer input and feedback is invaluable. If you are a parent then by default you most likely been a mentor to your children. But, as adults we generally find we need the influence of others whom we trust.

A Personal Reflection

While I didn’t realize it at the time my Dad was probably my first mentor even if not deliberately. I can still hear echoing around my head advice that he gave that at the time made little sense to me. I’m certain he realized that but also was wise enough to know that he was planting seeds. The mentoring time I received from him has had life-long impact.

Similarly there have been friends, bosses and co-workers who were mentors as well. Though it may have been in a limited way, they may have observed something in the way I conducted my life that made them feel compelled to provide input. I particularly recall a boss who not only modeled the kind of person I wanted to be, but he also was willing to let me vent as needed and then give me firm but encouraging feedback. We should all be so fortunate. He was a mentor to me whether he realized it or not.

The Deliberate Mentor

If you have people that report to you at work, consider making the effort to mentor them, even if informally. If you are privileged enough to have them ask you to be a mentor and you feel it appropriate, seize the opportunity. You may be making an impact on them that will reverberate for generations. If you need it, seek some mentoring time from others. It can be a formal and regular arrangement or merely a periodic check-in.

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