Posted by Angie
Someone recently asked me, “What would you tell me if you had just five minutes to mentor me?”
This got me thinking about how important it is to slow down for a few minutes every now and again to share a few things you’ve learned along the way with others. Here are a few things I will share with you in our five minutes together:
- Mentors don’t just have to be people. I have learned a lot from “The Donald” and his Apprentice show and from Cathie Black’s book “Basic Black” about how she climbed to the top of Hearst Magazines.
- Surround yourself with good influences…friends, colleagues, leaders outside HOK. Soon you’ll take on their traits and become a better professional.
- Ladies, wear lip gloss. It helps people focus on all the wonderful things you have to say.
- Know who would go to bat for you if/when the time comes.
- When you need a relationship it’s too late. Learn how to work a room like your life depended on it.
- Being in a car traveling with a colleague is a great opportunity to ask your captive audience member if there is anything you could tune up.
- Don’t giggle as a nervous reaction when having a challenging conversation.
- Dress for the position you want, not the one you have.
- If you have kids and you travel, always buy two copies of your kids favorite books, one for you and one for them so that you can read to them when away. Even better, Skype and read out loud to your kiddos.
- When in doubt about a situation, be conservative in your approach, in your presentation, in your dress.
- Work/life balance is overrated. Just make sure you love what you do and it will skew the whole work vs. play thing.
- Be nice to people on your way up or you may see them on your way down.
Now, what say you if you had five minutes to mentor another?