Surviving Leadership Chaos
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Surviving Leadership Chaos
" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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How to Choose a Mentor

How to Choose a Mentor | Surviving Leadership Chaos |
The benefits of having a mentor are big. A survey of Fortune 500 companies found that 96% of executives credited mentoring as an important development tool and 75% said mentoring played a key role in their career success.

But how do you get a mentor?

Many employees and managers complain about not having a mentor. Such people are usually waiting for the company to assign a mentor to them. Mentoring works much better when the mentee takes responsibility for choosing a mentor.

So, the first place to start is to find one yourself! Below are some characteristics of great mentors:

Via David Hain
donhornsby's insight:
(From the article): The aim of mentoring is to build the capability of you, the mentee. As such, you should always choose a mentor who you feel can respond to your needs in a way that enables you to find your own solutions to problems that you may be dealing with. Ultimately, your mentor should help build you up to eventually have a mentee of your own!
David Hain's curator insight, May 25, 4:39 AM

Everyone needs a mentor! I certainly do. How to find the right one for you...

Raynak Search's curator insight, May 25, 11:29 AM
Great advice for all of you on your way to the C-Suite and beyond
Rey Carr's curator insight, May 26, 4:58 PM
A comprehensive list of Find-a-Mentor services, if you need help, at
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What Happens When You Put Aside Your Ego And Take Your Mentors' Advice

What Happens When You Put Aside Your Ego And Take Your Mentors' Advice | Surviving Leadership Chaos |

You are a twentysomething entrepreneur ready to launch a new business and your emotions are running wild. You're frightened, intimated, and stressed, but at the same time you're enthusiastic and confident about what the future holds.


At this point, it's time to step back and listen to those who have been in the same situation.


It would be a foolish mistake and a missed opportunity not to value the advice, experience, and knowledge a mentor can offer. Put your ego aside; be a sponge and soak up as much wisdom as possible.

I was in this exact position prior to launching SDC Nutrition Inc. I was confident and probably a little too self-assured, but I knew I had to set aside my ego to listen and absorb as much invaluable advice as possible from my advisers.

Via The Learning Factor, Ricard Lloria
donhornsby's insight:

(From the article): Whether you're an established entrepreneur or fresh to the world of entrepreneurship, you should never hesitate to ask for advice from your mentors. Their expertise and perspective may be the knowledge needed to help you and your business succeed and prosper for many years to come.

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Ian Berry's curator insight, August 8, 2014 12:46 AM

Very good advice!

victor carney's curator insight, August 11, 2014 1:52 PM

when you listen to somebody that knows more than you do you learn and grow into the best you can be 

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Moving Beyond The One Man Show - Investing In The Right People

Moving Beyond The One Man Show - Investing In The Right People | Surviving Leadership Chaos |
What should you look for when you’re recruiting people to your side? Here are the five key areas I believe you should focus on:...
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(From the article): I keep a constant eye out for potential leaders no matter where I go, and I encourage you to do the same. Look for men and women with a good attitude who genuinely like others and want to help make their community a better place. Look for people who have the character and discipline to follow through on their word. I promise you, they are out there. But once you discover them, don’t stop there! Have a cup of coffee with them, or spend some time getting to know them. You can’t develop leaders if you’re not willing to invest your time and effort. At first, this might feel like you’re sacrificing “work” time for something lower-priority, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The time you invest in developing other leaders will multiply your efforts. Together, you’ll be able to achieve much more than you could ever do alone. Whether you’re a one-man show looking to expand or an established leader looking to break through to the next level, the truth is you can’t achieve your best without a team to help you. Good leaders deliberately seek out and find potential leaders. Great leaders not only find them; they help them become great leaders in their own right.
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