Week Two: Mentorship
1. What emotions do you expect you would feel (circle all that apply)?
- Outrage at the board’s disloyalty to you, your parents, and the company
- Fear at losing your family’s business
- Sadness over the potential deaths of your parents
- Not knowing who to trust
- Panic and anxiety over how to handle this complicated situation
- Confidence that you will be able to figure things out and prevail against the board
- Concern for all of the people who work in your company, whose lives may be adversely affected what happens next
2. I would have most difficulty managing the emotion of losing my parents due to the fact of not being prepared. Losing the two people who you hold dear, that loved them unconditionally . Another emotion that would be hard to manage would be who to trust. With the board turning so quickly without even grieving the possible death of my parents would leave me outraged. Finally the last emotion that would be hard to manage would be the concerns of the employees who work for the company because their lives too have been shifted and not for the better.
3. I don’t know of three emotions that would be easy to handle as all of them come with such a heavy burden to bear. The one I would be able to carry the lightest is the one I believe I could control. I would fight for my family’s company at all costs. I am a religious person, therefore I believe what is meant for me is meant for me regardless of the ill-will of others. So I would fight for the company giving it my all and knowing that it is for me and that the unjust would not prevail.
4. Circle how easy or difficult you believe you would find it to carry out each of the following responses (very difficult, difficult, neutral, easy, very easy):
Deliver a speech to an assembly of the whole company in which you explain why you are qualified to run the company.
Deliver a speech in which you speak bluntly about the ways in which you believe the board is not competent to run the company and is in fact greedy and/or evil
Call out individual board members by name on their greediness.
Phone up, or even visit in person, your parents’ most prestigious and influential contacts, in attempts to persuade them to make public statements about how you are more competent to run the company than the board.
Seek and carry out the advice of trusted family friends and legal counsel.
Pay a private investigator to dig up dirt on the board members, and members of their families, that you will then publish, or threaten to publish, in order get them to back down from trying to take over the company.
Acknowledge your shortcomings in running the company and find ways to compensate for them.
Hire people to threaten the board members physically, so that they won’t try to take over what you see as your company.
Physically threaten the board members yourself.
Reach out to each of the board members to determine which ones are most hostile to you and least hostile.
Pursue a compromise with the board, in spite of their past behavior and attitude toward you.
Interview the many employees of the company to determine who is most loyal to you.
Lie to the faces of the board members in order to conceal your true intention to take control of the company.
Lie to friends and those loyal to the company because you feel that it is necessary to keep certain plans to yourself for the sake of everyone’s best interest.
Persuade the most talented people in the company to remain loyal to you and not to seek employment somewhere else.
Separate your own personal interests from what is best for the employees in the company and its customers.
4. The two responses I would find easiest would be seeing which employees were most loyal and separating my own personal interests to do what is best for the company. The reason behind that is because talking to someone to understand their outlook on things, in a way don’t have anything to do with me. I am merely their to listen for who is loyal and who is not. Another reason these would be easy is because I have no problem putting myself on the back-burner. In fact, I use to do it so much it was unhealthy for me. So taking a passenger seat to helping others is the least of my concern. The most difficult two reasons would be standing up publicly t the board as well as calling each person out individually. I lack public speaking skills and that is something I need improvement on as well as calling someone out publicly would be rather difficult. I feel the only way to get better at it is simply by doing it. Rip off the band-aid and speak.
Now consider more carefully the role of the mentor (answer these questions in your journal):
A mentor is someone who is willing to help guide you and help you pursue your dreams. A mentor could be compared to a guardian angel because they can’t do it for you but they can advise you of what they believe is the right thing to do. A teacher, teaches you knowledge on a specific subject, what you do with that knowledge is up to you. A role model might not even know they're your role model. They live their life as you watch in awe from afar. A sponsor believes in your vision and will help you financially. A trainer is usually physically but they help you become healthier not pertaining to your how you live your life but more so how you treat your body. All these people can become a mentor just depends on the relationship you form with them.
In order to prepare for a mentor you must have a detailed idea of who you want to become. You must also be willing to accept their orders and accepting of criticism. Then once you are mentally ready you must also be ready to actually put the work in to obtain the goal you want. A mentor can introduce you the right people, but ultimately you must put the foot forward and actually take that step yourself.
Telemachus first had to change his outlook on his situation before he could actually follow the steps to better himself. He follows real leaders and shadowed their every move then practiced it himself. Eventually he was able to replicate the actions in a real leader. By building confidence and establishing the characteristics of a great leader he was able to become one himself. All this was thanks to Athena. She opened the windows to his soul so that he could see who he needed to be. On top of that she also guided him to the right people who can help build his character. These steps he took are still valid for today. If you better your mindset and envision the leader you want to be then you're already half way there. Then you must find and seek a real leader that you could shadow and follow their footsteps. Doing all this comes with help from a good mentor.