Mentors have been valued highly throughout history. The relationship between a mentor and mentee is one that is built on trust, respect and appreciation.
Typically, a mentor is someone who knows something their mentee doesn’t, and they are willing to pass on what they know to their mentee. A mentor is usually very generous with their experience, knowledge and resources, and often has a high regard for the person they are mentoring.
The role of a mentor is to help their mentee grow and develop, both personally and professionally. A mentor is willing to challenge the mentee to take risks, dream lofty dreams and go beyond what they thought was possible for them.
Unless there is a high level of trust in the relationship, the chances are the relationship won’t be as powerful as it could be. For anyone wanting to be become a mentor, the question is, “How do you become a trusted mentor?”
The concept of using mind maps is not a new concept in project management or personal productivity.
It is a powerful technique for bringing clarity to almost anything that requires us to use our mind. A mind map creates connections in a similar way to how our brain processes information.
I have been recently using a computer-based mind mapping program called Mindjet Mindmanager to create mind maps for some of the things I am working on.
Some of the benefits of using a mind map includes:
- It is a quick way to link ideas and establish relationships between different ideas.
- It is visually appealing and can be used as a teaching or training tool especially for visual learners.
- It can help us arrive at an outcome much quicker.
- It can be started at anytime without needing to have all the information up front. More can be added to the mind map over time.
- It is a fun way to be creative and to stimulate the mind.
- It can be used to create templates for processes, which helps us become more efficient.
Speaking in public brings up a lot of anxiety, nervousness and fear for a lot of people.
It has often been reported that people would rather die than speak in public. Jerry Seinfeld had a funny bit where he concluded that at a funeral, most people would rather be in the coffin than giving the eulogy.
When I started public speaking it was very challenging for me. Being an introvert, I often struggled to speak in group settings let alone speak in front of an audience. In order to be able to do the work I am doing now, which is speaking, training and coaching, I knew I had to learn more about public speaking and develop the confidence to be able to speak to audiences of any size.
Have you ever had the experience where you’ve been unsure about a decision you had to make? I know I certainly have.
Being in a state of indecisiveness can be physically and emotionally exhausting, plus delaying making a decision can impact one’s ability to lead or influence others.
The state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone is called ambivalence. When we’re in this state, we’re likely to ask ourselves questions such as, “Should I or shouldn’t I?” or “Am I doing the right thing or not?” or have thoughts like, “I hope this works out.”
In his book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill wrote, “Analysis of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes well beyond the million-dollar mark disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of reaching decisions promptly and of changing these decisions slowly, if and when they were changed.”
Being able to make decisions fast is like building a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets.
When we think of brands, what usually comes to mind are large global businesses, which have been around for decades.
These may include companies such as Coca Cola, McDonalds, Pepsi, Nike, Reebok , etc. In times gone past, branding used to be what big businesses would do to maintain their market share and continue to be front of people through different channels such as newspapers, radio, magazines and television.
With the internet the way it is today, branding online has become an integral part of businesses’ marketing strategies. This has also created new opportunities for individuals to brand themselves and create a presence and following online.
While many small businesses and entrepreneurs have taken advantage of the internet for branding purposes, there are a number of branding myths which may be affecting their whole business.
Being able to communicate effectively, whether that is during a presentation or training program, is a skill that any professional can improve with consistent practice.
An engaging and interactive presentation or training program can enhance one’s ability to influence an audience, inspire action and facilitate the process of improvement or achieving better results.
People learn or take in information differently and if we’re in front of an audience, it is our responsibility to be able to give our audience the best opportunity to grasp what we’re sharing in order to achieve the result or transformation we have promised.
The true test for any leader comes when there is a crisis. Whether it is in a professional or personal situation, being able to effectively handle crises is a vital skill a leader must possess.
Crisis can be in the form of a team member having an emotional breakdown, a major customer making an unexpected or urgent demand, or it could be as critical as experiencing the death of a loved one.
When faced with a crisis, how a leader responds has a major impact on others perceive them as a leader, and whether they will be able to follow them in the future.
Do you ever have the experience that no matter what you do, nothing seems to be improving and you get this feeling that you are stuck?
Whether it is with the level of success we have in our business or progress towards a goal, feeling stuck is not a pleasant experience.
Not too long along, I was in such a situation. I had decided to write a series of books around the topics of team performance, coaching and leadership and was making slow progress with my writing. It really felt like I was stuck no matter what I tried to do.
Even when I wrote part of a chapter, I would re-read what I had already written and make a lot of corrections, and I would end up deleting almost the same amount of words I had just written. This seemed to go on for weeks, if not a few months, until I figured out how to turn it around.
There is one foundational principle which has a major impact on whether we achieve success or not in life.
Anyone who has achieved noteworthy success fully apply this principle in everything they do.
In this video, Jack Canfield explains what the principle is and how we can start applying it straightaway.
Question: What were your key takeaways from this video?