Category Archive: Mentoring

Lessons From Bringing out the Best in Others

I asked a group of managers and supervisors what they are learning about bringing out the best in others. One said, “Experienced people seek help sooner and more frequently than inexperienced.” 4 reasons… Continue reading

Succeeding with Three Challenges that Derail Leaders

Three Challenges that Derail Leaders: Challenge #1: Self-development during seasons of success. Talent’s halo makes you over-estimate your abilities and under-estimate your need for growth. I often ask audiences to raise their hands… Continue reading

How to be a Great Mentor

Great mentors help us become ourselves. Great mentoring is more than developing skills, helping people create connections, and navigating organizational politics. How to be a great mentor: #1. Great mentors practice self-reflection. It’s… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: What Would You Do

Being a mentor is an ego building experience for immature leaders. What do you do, when a mentee asks, “What would you do?” Self-importance motivates mentors to prematurely spew “pearls of wisdom.” Rushing to… Continue reading

Seven Ways to Find Extra-Ordinary Connections

Your current relationships reflect your future. Expand your current network of relationships with people who make you uncomfortable. Don’t give a damn: Connect with an outstanding person who doesn’t need you to like them and… Continue reading

In Praise of Incompetent Managers

Imagine you weren’t as competent as you believe. How would you treat your team? The problem is, you can do it “better” yourself. Do-it-yourself managers: Get things done. Want the job done right.… Continue reading