Mentoring. None of us have a monopoly on perfect judgement. None of us hold the world in our hands.
I’ve always had mentors. Three, in fact, at various stages of my career. Absolutely invaluable… when issues are ambiguous or you just haven’t faced the particular challenge and need guidance to avoid mistakes that could cost you that potential promotion to a more senior role.
I’m now also a mentor with the UNSW Alumni Connect mentoring programme which delivers value for under and post grads emerging into this competitive career world.
What do I deliver? Balanced judgement from an objective basis. Reviews of your plans when you’re too close to the action. Ideas you may not have considered. People you should know. People you should avoid. Qualifications you should pursue. Advice across a multitude of corporate and personal scenarios that arise unexpectantly. Consider getting to know me as an option as a future mentor for you.
Mentoring is a core support mechanism for emerging leaders; as well as leaders who have already stamped their brand on challenges they’ve faced and met successfully.
Not to consider retaining a mentor in certain stages of your career may be short-sighted?