Mar 6 2019
S2 E4 | Mentorship: The Do's, The Don't's, The Why's
Topic: Mentorship: The Do’s, the Dont’s, and Why’sWelcome:Welcome to Season 2 Episode 4 of The Emergent Experience Podcast!In this episode we discuss:How Not to Find a Mentor: 8 Successful People Share How Not to Find a Mentor(From article on Fast Company. Link below)1. It’s About The Person, Not Their PositionFor me, mentorship is vital. I absolutely attribute a lot of my success to being in a position where I had a lot of great mentors, people I could go to and ask for advice. The quality of your mentors is really important as a young individual in the workplace, because it really shapes your perspective on how work should be done. For example, if you have a mentor that isn’t the most forward thinking or honest, I think that can be a bad thing. I’ve been very blessed to have had mentors that are incredibly honest and transparent and are quality leaders, and I think it has really helped shape who I am as a person.2. Don’t Always Expect A Relationship—Mentors Come In All Different FormsOne key bit of advice I would give is not necessarily to look for someone that you can build a relationship with, but look for someone who you can ask a very simple question to, who can reply to an email very easily to you. What is it that you need? Don’t look so much on, let’s sit down and have coffee or let’s have a cocktail, but what is the one thing that you need this particular person that you’re seeking a mentor from to actually guide you through? Because I think that’s what has helped me a lot is when there’s a certain question that I have, and I kind of point it to the right person that I know who can actually answer it. It takes the pressure off the person who is being asked.3. Instead Of Insisting On Coffee Or Dinner Meetings, Be FlexibleIn the 35 to 45 [age range], you have mothers who operate and think very different than dads. Why? Because mothers want and need time at home with their children. That time after work is precious, so no matter how amazing the event is, they probably won’t come because family matters more. So when I’m networking, I can’t think like a 29-year-old single guy. I have to think like the target I’m trying to attract. The same thing applies to young Levo women. Don’t approach them in the way that’s most comfortable for you. Approach them where they’re at and with them in mind. For example, I’ve found that coffees aren’t really the most effective way to meet people in certain demographics. It’s imperative that we all try to find alternative and new ways to connect with people. That’s a very important lesson I’ve learned over the years.4. In Addition To Looking Up For Mentors, Look To Your Right And LeftIt’s critical to celebrate and lift your peers. People are chasing potential mentors, and we should always have a mentor or two, but support and rock with your peers. That girl standing next to you could be the one to hire you in five years, or could be the one contact at a major brand whose sponsor dollars you need. It’s a tiny planet and relationships are everything!5. Your Mentor Usually Finds You (Not The Other Way Around)My mentors found me working. My boss was my mentor when I got my first full-time job when I was 25. My first boss literally taught me how to order from restaurants because I was a black girl from Inglewood, California, and I had never had sushi, I had never been to Mr. Chow, I had never been to a restaurant on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, but with this new job I had meetings there. She helped me with everything from my skin to my hair to what to order. She bought me my first gift card to Barney’s; I remember thinking, “What is Barney’s?” The sheer fact that I had to go into Barney’s was a mentoring experience. It was exposure, which I believe is your greatest education. Your mentor usually finds you doing great work. People think that mentors come with angel wings and fall from the heavens: “I am your mentor.” It’s usually not like that. It’s usually somebody who helps you in a certain aspect of your life and grooms you.6. Don’t Always Look For Someone Like YouSearch for role models you can look up to and people who take an interest in your career. But here’s an important warning: You don’t have to have mentors who look like you. Had I been waiting for a black, female Soviet specialist mentor, I would still be waiting. Most of my mentors have been old white men, because they were the ones who dominated my field.7. Don’t Ask A CEO For The Roadmap—Ask For Advice On How To NavigateBeing a mentor is about just believing in somebody and caring enough to share your knowledge. My mentors don’t necessarily have the answer to everything, but what they can do is to share wisdom and experiences. When I meet someone that I want to be my mentor, I just want them to tell me stories. I just want to sit with them and soak up as much history from their lives as I can. There is this richness in history and the wisdom that comes from experience that trumps any kind of smarts.To me, that’s what mentorship is: drawing from that wisdom. When someone who is 25 is asking me questions now at 34, that’s what they are asking for. They aren’t asking me to just tell them exactly what to do. They are asking me to care enough to give them the proper story for what they are looking for in their life at that time. Because that’s exactly what I ask for. I tell my mentors exactly what’s going on with me and I ask, “Is there anything in your life that you can draw from to help me?” They’ve been there. I want to learn from the mistakes of the past. I want to learn from the successes.8. Remember To Give And Take—Don’t Be A Greedy MenteeMentorship is about being able to empower each other, being willing to listen, give advice and coach people. In so many facets of my career, mentorship and the idea of empowering each other has been a huge factor in my success. Whether it was fundraising or general advice, finding people who are willing to talk to you about the process and believe in you and share their experiences has been a huge help to me. It’s like a sisterhood. I love the opportunity to mentor other people and share my experiences, and hopefully have people learn from my mistakes and successes.9. Mentorship Is Not A Life VestMentorship is not a life vest. You cannot reach and claw for people to save you from the deep end, or even save you from the shallow end— some people are looking for mentors in the shallow end, not even doing anything that warrants a mentor. It should be mutually beneficial. I believe that if you’re looking for someone to help you and you’re not bringing anything to the table, that’s really not cool. You should always bring something to your mentor’s life. My mentor has never paid for a meal with me—I pay for every single meal because I appreciate her. She was the one who pushed me to stop selling myself short. She would say, “Myliek, you’re better than this.” She pushed me until I finally believed it.What is mentorship?A type of relationship where resources are exchanged to help an individual expand their knowledge base. This knowledge is to be applied so their immediate professional goals are accomplishedOur personal experiences with mentors.Why would you need a mentor?Things to have in place when looking for a mentor?You need to know what you are trying to achieve.Be specific about your goalsToo many goals may deter your mentorHow to identify a mentor?Be open. It may not always be of benefit to you to find a mentor that is exactly like you."Search for role models you can look up to and people who take an interest in your career. But here's an important warning: you don't have to have mentors who look like you. Had I been waiting for a black, female Soviet specialist mentor, I would still be waiting. Most of my mentors have been old white men, because they were the ones who dominated my field." Condoleeza RiceDifferent types of mentorsBooks and resources can be utilized as 'mentorship.'Healthy MentorshipGood mentorships are led by the mentee.You have to have the initiative.You should already know what you wants but they provide you with help and guidance.Don’t waste their time.Know what you need and what you want when going into a mentorship relationship.What you think you want or might be the right way, they may have different approaches or tools that you can utilize.Related links:Connect with us:Facebook :@theemergentexperienceTwitter: @theemergentexperienceInstagram: @theemergentexperienceJoin the private FB Groupemail: email@example.comMonique: www.moniquelscott.comSatoya: www.satoyafoster.comwww.practicingredemption.comResources:https://www.fastcompany.com/3052068/8-successful-people-share-how-not-to-find-a-mentorQuote:“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” — Steven Spielberg Hosted on Acast. 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