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6 Roles of a Mentor

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

What You Can Learn from Baseball’s Great Experiment

The June 30, 2014 Sports Illustrated cover featured a photo of Houston Astros’ outfielder, George Springer. The headline, “Your 2017 World Series Champs: An Unprecedented Look at How a Franchise is Going Beyond ‘Moneyball‘ to Build the Next Big Thing…”

This was a bold proclamation by author, Ben Reiter, who called it Baseball’s Great Experiment. At the time his prediction seemed far-fetched if not outright ludicrous. After all, the Astros had just finished three straight seasons as the dwellers at the bottom of the standings.

What 1,000s of Teams in 20+ Countries Taught Me About Great Leaders

Regardless of role, industry, or geography, most of us work in teams throughout our careers. You have likely worked with colleagues who you truly enjoyed partnering with and others who you would prefer to avoid in the future.

This range of team experiences, emotions, and reactions makes perfect sense. Teams are made of people, and we all have the potential to be:

Great Leaders Know When to Hit Pause and Engage

The vast majority of employees are disengaged from their work and you – not the CEO, the HR department, or someone else in the organization – are key to addressing the issue.

Don’t believe me?

Here are two findings from Gallup:

  • Only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged in their work. This means that, “one in eight workers — roughly 180 million employees in the countries studied — are psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations.”

Twitter’s 280-Character Count Remind Leaders That Character Counts

I recently read that Twitter is expanding its longstanding 140-character limitation to 280. At least for a small group of people selected for the test.

Here’s what co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey said about the decision.

“This is a small change, but a big move for us. 140 was an arbitrary choice based on the 160 character SMS limit. Proud of how thoughtful the team has been in solving a real problem people have when trying to tweet. And at the same time maintaining our brevity, speed, and essence!” – Jack Dorsey, CEO Twitter

Leadership Can Be Tough

How have we come to think that someone can become a great leader without being controversial or upsetting at times?

Leadership is a tough, often isolated role.

The leader must make decisions, deliver messages, and convey information that can upset some. Not every leader is up to this task. As a result, some leaders water down their messages or avoid addressing a subject in a timely and direct manner.

Pouring Out Trust

Abundant leaders pour out trust upon others. This doesn’t mean that they are gullible or refuse to recognize the risks of failure, it simply means that they know that to achieve the best results today and tomorrow, they must trust others and create a trusting culture.

They also know that a culture of trust starts with them.

Ready to Finally Solve that Organizational Problem? Ask a Local

The guy in the photo (below) is my nephew. He lives in New York City. Recently, my family and I spent a weekend with him in the Big Apple.

The excursion led me to an insight about your organization.

Assuming that your organization is made-up of people, processes, programs, etc., I bet that you are struggling to solve a problem or two.