This is the second in a series of articles about finding your sweet spot in “preferment” (a better concept than retirement). I have been mentored for many years and have mentored others both for non-profits and for-profit businesses formally the last fifteen years. It is a pleasure to be mentored and to be a mentor.
Being the seventh of seven one would have expected I would have a lot of role models growing up-I did not. Gradually, I was able to kluge together a network of advisors that served that purpose in my life. You need to meet many people and listen to their stories and adapt them to your circumstances. Lucky for me I was in the Midwest and most anyone will meet with you to share their stories and advice.
I have always said that one is entitled to take from the pot until you’re 40 and then it’s time to start putting into the pot for others. My first formal brush with mentoring is when I participated as a mentor for the Minnesota Cup in 2007 ttps://carlsonschool.umn.edu/mn-cup/support-mn-cup/mentorship. The CEO Roundtable partnered with the Minnesota Cup on this venture. They offered business plan competitors the “free” services off a mentor as they built their business plans. Minnesota Cup provided training classes, materials and a great book for business plans The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki. It was a ten year fulfilling experience.
I then met the CEO of Menttium, that had some great courseware on employee mentoring I studied. I was able to use these materials in my position as VP sales at Mate Precision Tool. Mentoring employees was different than business plan competitors. It was broader and included describing processes of professional self-development that was omitted from my Minnesota Cup experience. It was valuable.
My mentoring education was fast followed by similar materials from Thunderbird in 2015 as I wanted to mentor students at my alma mater. There were similar educational materials however, grad students have a different mentee need. https://issuu.com/raxxdirect/docs/thun
They want to learn how to:
Lessons learned for me:
Remember: We learned we cannot get through these times without each other so use your skills to help others! What skills have you learned that you can pass onto others? You can receive this blog directly by subscribing @ https://www.jimthomasintl.com/blog. Past blogs can be viewed on my web site.