Dual Footprints, Part 7 – Commitment to Accountability

Accountability The final commitment to becoming a world class mentor is accountability, which is defined as, “an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.”1 This stems from the inner character of the individual and their integrity. People with integrity demonstrate responsibility, they are accountable for their actions, and they are…

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Dual Footprints, Part 6 – Commitment to Grow & Develop

Mentoring and Commitment At this point in the series on mentoring, it would be well to review the definition of commitment, which is “a pledge or promise; obligation.”1 Common sense dictates that a person who desires mentoring would be committed to the process, but that is not always the case. The mentee may faithfully commit…

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Dual Footprints, Part 5 – A Commitment to Listen

Mentoring Over the past four weeks I covered the following: This week’s topic is listening. Listening is Flattery Dr. Joyce Brothers said, “Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.”1 Communication involves the sender, the receiver, and the message. However, if the receiver is not listening then the message is either lost or…

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Dual Footprints, Part 4 – Kill the Ego

Dual Footprints is a multi-part blog on becoming a worldclass mentor and this week’s topic is either kill or be killed…by your ego. A fine line There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, and the line is our ego. One definition of ego is “self-esteem or self-image,” and another definition is “egotism; conceit;…

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Dual Footprints, Part 3 – A Commitment to Transparency

This is the third article in a series about becoming a world class mentor. Part 2 addressed the commitment of time and in this article, we will look at the importance of being transparent during the process. The ability to see through the glass This past March, I flew from Denver to Sacramento, California. As…

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Dual Footprints, Part 2 – A Commitment of Time

This series of articles addresses coming alongside someone else and mentoring them, hence the dual footprints. Today’s topic discusses the time commitment involving both the mentor and mentee. Also, I am approaching the subject from the standpoint that both parties have already established the fact that they mesh and are a good fit for each…

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Dual Footprints -Becoming a World Class Mentor, Part 1

I shot the above photo when my daughter and I took an evening walk along the beach in North Carolina. The footprints are a visual representation of walking alongside another person and being a mentor to them. Commitment Coming alongside someone else and being a mentor requires a commitment on the part of both parties:…

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Car Engines & Employee Enthusiasm

What does a picture of a 2003 Toyota Corolla car engine have to do with enthusiastic employees? Everything! Mileage and More Mileage Although our Corolla is a 2003 model, we purchased the vehicle in the spring of 2002. When my wife took the car in for an oil change the odometer registered close to 300,000…

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Team Conflict

The topic of the last three blog posts has been about teams. The theme continues this week and revolves around a word that can make people cringe. That word is conflict. When you hear or see the word conflict, what thoughts and images come to mind? Two people engaged in an argument, rabble rousing rioters…

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Stuck in the Mud About Team Building?

Are You Stuck in the Mud About Team Building? The title of last week’s blog, Is There a Mystery to Team Building1 addressed the successful team building efforts of a local realtor. If there is no mystery or secret, then… Below are two critical elements that must be in place to have a professional, proficient,…

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