Mentoring Benefits Everyone by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC

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As a successful leader it’s likely you’ve had mentors in your life who have helped you to learn the skills for success. You no doubt look at those people with gratitude for all they’ve taught you. Hopefully, you have also started to mentor others to help grow business leaders for the future. It’s important to remember how many benefits come from mentoring, for both parties involved. index

As a mentor, you gain great satisfaction from helping see another business person grow into their potential as a leader. As you see them develop bigger and better skills, it may also encourage you to learn more and have additional personal growth. After all, you have to continue to have something to give! In fact, you may learn as much from the person you are mentoring as they learn from you. Younger business people have had different experiences than you had when you were starting out. You may find that they offer a great deal to you in terms of ideas and understanding of new technology and trends.

As a mentee, you stand to gain a great deal of education from your mentor. They can help you to avoid pitfalls by learning from their past experiences. They can help to encourage you when it seems that you’ll never reach your goals. It’s likely they’ve had the same feeling, yet overcome the same kinds of obstacles to succeed.

Watching your mentor can also inspire you to mentor others. Though you may not be as seasoned as your mentor, you are still far more seasoned than some other business people. You may feel the need to begin working with young employees at your business, or with others in the community to share the lessons you’ve already learned, even as you continue to learn, as well.

The cycle of mentoring and learning is never ending. We can always give something to another person, even though we may have much to learn, as well. There is nothing more gratifying than pouring yourself into someone else, no matter your station. And, there is nothing more beneficial than learning the important lessons of leadership from those who have been leaders for a longer period of time.

Buddy Systems Work by Cindy Stradling CSP, CPC

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buddysystemEveryone needs a little motivation now and again to help meet important goals and stay on track for those plans we have. There are many things you can do to help you stay motivated, from visualizing your goals to writing goals down and posting them where they are visible on a daily basis.

One great way to help stay motivated is to have a buddy who helps you work toward your goals. When you work in tandem with someone else, you’ll likely find yourself staying on track more easily and feeling more motivated to stay the course. Here are three ways a buddy helps.

1. Buddies share your vision. Your buddy should be working toward the same goal or one that is very similar. When this is the case, you can count on your buddy to help keep you motivated by reminding you of the goal and of how great it will feel to reach that goal. When you have an off day, they will help you, and you will pull them up when they are down.

2. Buddies hold you accountable. It’s much more difficult to ditch your commitments to the goal when you know someone else is counting on you. In addition, you can count on your buddy to call you out when you aren’t putting in your share of the work.

3. Buddies help you celebrate. Victory is all the sweeter when you have someone with whom you can share the celebration. Working together toward a common goal makes reaching that goal even more rewarding.

There are many rewards to sharing your journey with someone who is walking the same path. Your buddy can be a motivator and a shoulder to cry on when times are tough. At the end of the journey, your buddy can share in your victory with a full understanding of the work and sacrifice you have both contributed. When you’re working hard to reach your goals, a buddy might be just the ticket to improving your motivation and your results.