patrick leddin

Successful mentors fulfill 6 key roles.  Take a moment to see how well you are doing for your proteges.

  1. Motivator – Positive reinforcement, self-confidence and self-esteem, maintain perspective, and visionary
  2. Coach – Listening, questioning skills, willingness to challenge, and ability to diagnose
  3. Counselor – Perspective – broader context of ‘situation, ability to evaluate various career options
  4. Teacher / Advisor – Knowledge, instruction capability, selflessness, confirm understanding, and assess learning
  5. Sponsor / Door Opener – Provide networking opportunities, selflessness, and willingness to share
  6. Role Model – Consistent execution, leadership, work ethic, respect others

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How to Create a Culture Where All Voices Are Heard

Deep down, we all want to be heard. Each of us yearns for our voice to count. We want to be active members of the process, not marginalized actors pushed to the side.

Let’s face it; many people feel that their voices aren’t heard, or even welcome. They don’t feel like they belong. This phenomena is not limited to any particular country, industry, or business – it’s ubiquitous.

What You Should Learn from the Death of Toys R Us

Toy’s R Us is dead – at least in the United States. According to CNBC, “Toys R Us is planning to either close or sell all of its more than 800 stores across the U.S.”

The debate is underway about what killed Toys R Us.

  1. Was it poor strategy and execution? Including specific issues like store selection and website functionality…. (Business Insider)