Building your Network Through Mentorship

I have several professional mentors and continue to look for more. Recently I asked someone I admire for advice on how to approach a new business partnership. The candid, “keep it simple” advice was exactly what I needed. The words of wisdom and vote of confidence helped me to switch gears a bit, allowing me to put my best foot forward. When I thanked my friend from Pennsylvania, he responded by telling me, “It’s not that I’m that smart, I’ve been around a while; I listen to knowledge and repeat it”. He is so humble. 

My father, another mentor, always told me, “Successful, happy people surround themselves with people who have different experiences and are smarter than themselves”. In fact, he used to ask my friends about their grade point average. At the time, I always found this question bewildering since my father was a mechanic by trade who turned into a successful, happy entrepreneur. I guess after raising six children and developing cherished friendships throughout his 62 years he wanted to make sure we followed an easier path. I think about his random, unsolicited advice often.

The truth is that we are all a work in progress. In this fast-paced world of ours I think it’s imperative to slow down and listen to success stories as well as lessons learned from people who have these stories to share. Bridging the gap between generations, academics, and the real world takes a village. Collaboration is far too often a “fear zone” or something we think will take too much time. What I mean by that is I’ve noticed sometimes we feel like it’s a sign of weakness not to have all the answers or we just want to make a decision and move on. In reality most innovative solutions that impact teams’ and lives come from a group of people. A fresh objective look is truly a gift!

Whether you are just beginning your career, planning your retirement, or somewhere in the middle, I promise you have something to give and gain from building your network of mentors and finding others who you can mentor in return.

“…And you can take that to the bank!” – Bruce Carlson

To learn more about mentors and the value of mentorship visit the management section of About.com.

 

Chris Carlson, Aureus Group Regional Manager, CPC
Chris Carlson, Aureus Group Regional Manager, CPC

About Chris Carlson
Chris is an experienced executive in the staffing industry. She has extensive experience in developing and implementing operational analyses and programs and has assisted hundreds of firms streamline processes and upgrade the competencies of its workforce. Finding innovative ways to generate new business and build teams is her passion. She has developed and executed many successful strategic marketing plans. Chris began her career at Aureus Group, a full-service professional recruiting firm, in 1994 and currently serves as the regional manager of Aureus Group specializing in the Finance & Accounting, Systems and Executive search areas.

In addition, Chris is a Certified Professional Consultant, and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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  1. Thank you. This is something that my organization (IAAP) The Great Plains Chapter is very much a believers of.

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