Mentoring: Be the sensei!

first_imgVision: To promote … Web: TheSenseiLeader.com Details 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                     There is a growing need to develop new leadership in the CU world. Experienced leaders are preparing for retirement. CUs are growing.Now is the time to prepare the next generation to step in. However, one of the greatest concerns we hear at our workshops is that it’s getting more and more difficult to keep young talent engaged and on board.There is plenty of advice on how to recruit new leaders. Let’s focus on how to keep them once you’ve got them!Before we dig in, let’s do a little myth busting. There is still a strong bias that says Millennials are just not as loyal or focused as previous generations. Job longevity stats are showing that employees are now only staying with a job for one and a half years. This is not, however, because they don’t want to stay.More often, it’s because they’re not challenged, they do not see room for growth and development and they’renot being mentored. And they want to be!In our Aspiring Leaders track we poll participants on 2 items specifically related to mentoring.First: “It’s important to my development as a leader to find and work with a good mentor.”In 3 years 100% of responses are “strongly agree” or “agree.” Not ONE single negative response––ever!However, the next statement is: “I am currently working with a mentor.”Only 35% answer “yes”!That’s a problem––a big one. Through workshop discussions we’ve found three major problems:• Very few experienced leaders are actively engaged as a mentor at any given time.• Very few organizations have a formal mentoring program.• Most experienced leaders tell us they need help developing mentoring skills.These are simple problems to fix, but it does require some focus and the dedication of some resources, especially time. And that’s the major barrier. Again through discussions we’ve discovered the while most experienced leaders are quite wiling to mentor someone, they simply don’t feel they have the time.The greatest challenge in mentoring is knowing the constraints. As a mentor, there are things you can do, things you can’t do and things you shouldn’t be doing!When I first start a mentoring relationship, I always talk about expectations up front. I know what can do as a mentor and what I can’t. Here’s a short list to get you started:• I can LISTEN! And that should be my number one priority! You are not lecturing, you are mentoring! The first step us understanding the needs, goals and desires of your mentee. You can only learn by listening. This is an ongoing and dynamic process that needs continual practice.• I can tell stories. That is, I can share my experiences in the hope that my mentee will benefit from my successes and from my mistakes. I can share lessons I’ve learned from others or through my study and research.• I can encourage. This includes recognizing accomplishment and offering praise for a job well done. When times are tough I can usually say, “I know, I’ve been there too!”• I can correct––when I see a problem. Be careful here, though. Sometimes it’s best to let the mentee make a mistake and it takes some experience to know when this is appropriate.• I can NOT do your work for you! More importantly––I WILL NOT do your work for you! I won’t bail my mentee out of trouble or make the job easier. That does nothing but rob them of precious experience and I’d go a step further, too much interference cripples a mentee and deprives them of the opportunity to learn and grow.• I can point you to resources that have been helpful to me. This also includes introducing my mentee to other people, including other mentors, who can take them even further.In a mentoring relationship I work for you. That is, I’m here to serve my mentee––not the other way around. I expect nothing from my mentee except that they do their best. It’s not about my gratification––it’s about doing my best to help another human being reach his or her full potential.The “Sensei” is not measured by his or her own accomplishments, but rather on the accomplishments of the student. And the best Sensei is not one who develops a student to equal one’s own skill––but one who trains students to surpass one’s own talents, abilities and potential.Be the Sensei as you mentor and you’ll do just fine!Savelast_img read more

PSG Coach Emery’s House Robbed

first_imgSigned Neymar shirts and a Rolex watch were among the items stolen with the family telling the police goods worth around 20,000 euros in total were taken.“The door was closed but not locked,” the police said.“The door was lifted off its hinges and the thieves took luxury handbags, jewellery, football shirts and designer clothes,” the police confirmed.Paris Saint-Germain had a happier evening leaving Strasbourg with a 4-2 win and a place in the League Cup quarterfinals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery’s Paris apartment was burgled on Wednesday evening as his side won a cup tie away at Strasbourg.The robbery at the top floor flat of a chic Parisian street in the 16th arrondissement was discovered around 11pm by Emery’s wife. Emery himself got back from Strasbourg in the early hours of Thursday.last_img read more

Bolivian student wins International Reggae Poster Competition

first_imgA Bolivian student has won the sixth annual International Reggae Poster competition, beating out a pool of 1,060 entrants from 68 countries, including Jamaica.Vinicio Sejas from Bolivia was named the grand winner. “I am very grateful. To be selected the grand winner among so many beautiful posters is like being blessed,” he told the Gleaner recently. “When I received the mail, I could not believe what I was reading, so I checked the social networks and the website, and shouted, ‘My poster, it’s there, on the cover! It’s true!’ I felt very happy, so much so that I asked my sister to pinch me to know that I’m not dreaming!” Included in Sejas’ winnings is a trip to Jamaica sponsored by The Montego Bay Jamaica airport and The Spanish Court Hotel, a collection of fonts by Parachute Font Industry worth €500 (J$74,000), and gifts from VP Records.last_img read more