No one can do it alone. You have to have someone in your corner. If you want to get that promotion, find a mentor. Mentors are positive people who will help you find the lessons in your experience and use them to move forward. Mentors are people whose hindsight can become your foresight. Do you want to find a mentor? Just look around you. Who are the people you admire and want to emulate? Watch what they do, and do the same. I’ve had several mentors who never even realized they were mentoring me. The reverse is also true. I’ve learned plenty about what not to do to build self-esteem, give performance feedback,and treat people with respect and dignity from observing a few of my managers over the years. I’ve created an acronym to define what it takes to become a good mentor. A good mentor… M Motivates you to accomplish more than you think you can. E Expects the best of you. N Never gives up on you or lets you give up on yourself. T Tells you the truth, even when it hurts. O Occasionally kicks your butt. R Really cares about you and your success. Look for people with these qualities when you are searching for a mentor. Embody them yourself when you are mentoring others.
February 06, 2013