The Power of Mentors
I had a post-lunch talk with a mentor today.
Let’s call him Bill, because that’s his name.
After a little exchange about the holidays, he started asking questions about what I thought my career was going over the next 2 years, what skills I was working on, and what I was excited about.
- I’m pretty decent at talking — especially when the subject is yours truly.
- I’m fairly optimistic about “my future”
- I was not looking for any strategies or answersI did not ask questions about what I should do
- I did not communicate any need for strategies or guidance
After acknowledging everything I was working on and had planned to try to do more in 201, he still guided me and made me think about something I had not:
Can you take disparate pieces of information from 42 people — with different priorities, personalities, and agendas — and boil it down to 1–3 simple points? Can you do so so that all of them look at those points and say “Yeah, I get that.”
Frankly, I have no idea how to.
I intend to ask Bill next time.