Things happen. We can plan, but we can’t always control. It is a lesson I am trying to teach my son, who absolutely does not like it when things don’t go as planned! I explain to him that we need to be flexible and understanding with ourselves and others. I admit that it is not easy.
Did you know that you are 70% more likely to get promoted if you have an active mentor relationship?
Do you have a mentor who is invested in your success and ready to guide you along the way?
Here are some tips on having a good mentor relationship:
1. Practice Active Listening: Whether you are a mentor or mentee, active listening is the foundation for understanding. In active listening, your body language is attentive. You are asking questions, probing and ensuring your understanding. You are maintaining eye contact and putting the phone away.
2. Be Dedicated To Success: This goes both ways. You must be dedicated to your success and their success. The most effective mentors and mentees are committed to the idea of making their relationship work. People who realize that ‘it’s not all about me‘ are far more willing to make a maximum investment in the mentoring relationship.
3. Be Willing To Be Uncomfortable: It can be weird, and even feel forced sometimes. Getting comfortable being uncomfortable enables risk-taking, challenging each other and eventually will create progress and results.
Sometimes, plans work out. And other times going off plan is what works best. So make plans, and stray from plans, and keep moving forward!