Are you a mentor?

first_img 100SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                     At every workshop I do with experienced credit union leaders I ask for a show of hands, “Are you currently mentoring someone?”The results are surprising––and somewhat disheartening! In a room with 50 participants, the average response is about 2 to 3 hands. I also ask aspiring CU leaders if they have a mentor; the response is about the same. Year after year, workshop after workshop the results are woefully consistent.I usually ask the question after showing a slide citing a Stanford University Study. This study revealed the most pressing professional development needs identified by leaders today. Here’s what’s on the slide:
“Another critical area of development for CEOs was mentoring skills––developing internal talent.”ANOTHER critical area? I lose my mind every time I show this slide…Another?What is more important than developing the people you serve, particularly in the area of leadership? Put another way––how much can you accomplish by yourself?No leader operates as a lone wolf. In fact, the very definition of “leadership” rests on your ability to coordinate, inspire and provide guidance to other people. Your effectiveness as a leader depends entirely on your capacity to cultivate the talents and abilities of the people you serve and your ability to inspire their best efforts.Your power as a leader, that is your ability to get things done grows in direct proportion to how much you empower others. And there is no method more powerful in developing new talent than mentoring.In my “8 STRATEGIES for EFFECTIVE LEADERS,” number 7 is: “Be a dedicated teacher, coach, and mentor.” That’s what the idea of THE SENSEI LEADER is all about. The word “Sensei” is used in the martial arts world to designate a teacher. The most effective leaders are those who understand that leadership is sharing. You share leadership by teaching––helping others develop. The most direct way to help an aspiring leader develop is by serving as a mentor.One argument I hear is that no individual leader, especially the CEO, can possibly commit the time required for effective mentoring to everyone in the organization.First of all, please note that I do not ask how many people you’re mentoring––I simply ask if you’re mentoring anyone! I fully acknowledge that mentoring is an intimate process. I cannot imagine anyone capable of mentoring more than one or two people effectively at any one time––unless mentoring is your full-time job.Mentoring is a very personal relationship. You should choose someone who you feel would benefit from your interest and wisdom, and someone who will be responsive to your personal and professional style.For most leaders, the most important person you should be mentoring is your potential successor!Now believe me, when we discuss this in workshops there are any number of reasons someone might be hesitant to groom a replacement. These reasons are understandable, but they are shortsighted. I’d go one step further to say that unless you’re grooming your replacement, you’re simply not doing your job.In a good culture, the type of culture I find in most CUs, there should be no worries. Training your replacement should not constitute a threat to your position. If you’re an effective leader in a strong organization, they’re not going to move you out––they’re going to move you up!Training the next leader assures that you can explore new opportunities knowing you’re leaving your organization, your department or your team in good hands.So how to find someone you can mentor…It’s not complicated.First of all, someone may be looking for YOU!Who is asking the most questions?Who seems most engaged and most interested in what you’re doing?Who has expressed the most interest in advancement?Who is acting before they’re asked? Demonstrating positive autonomy?Who is taking the most advantage of training opportunities?Who most embodies your vision and sense of purpose?Who shows the most character, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skill?Of course, you must still weigh professional competency. Knowledge in one’s domain is crucial for leadership, however, bear in mind that it is far easier to bring someone up to speed in technical areas than in character development or soft skills.Finally, be sure this is someone you trust. You will be sharing your knowledge, wisdom, and experience on a deep level. You certainly do not want to enter a mentoring relationship with someone who will abuse your trust and confidence.Once you identify someone you truly feel you can help, then simply ask. You don’t need to be intrusive or patronizing, just express your recognition of their potential and offer to share what you can to help them reach their goals.Tom Peters wrote:“Leaders don’t create followers. They create more leaders.”That’s what it’s all about. Mr. Peters most definitely understands the meaning of “Sensei!”center_img Vision: To promote … Web: TheSenseiLeader.com Detailslast_img read more

Wimbledon 2019: American Reilly Opelka upsets Stan Wawrinka

first_imgAnd after Opelka held his nerve on serve to edge into a 7-6 lead, the 21-year-old made the most of three match points when Wawrinka sent a weak forehand into the net.Wawrinka joins the likes of Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and French Open finalist Dominic Thiem in slumping out in the opening rounds.Opelka, meanwhile, will face Robin Haase or Milos Raonic in his next match. But Opelka rallied to clinch a 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 victory in three hours and 13 minutes.Marathon [email protected] reaches the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time on his #Wimbledon debut after an epic five-set duel against Stan Wawrinka#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/hiByieuxBd— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 3, 2019World No. 19 Wawrinka started Wednesday’s encounter on No. 2 Court in sluggish fashion, with the American breaking serve in the 11th game. Related News Wimbledon 2019: Andy Murray relishes Serena Williams doubles pairing Stan Wawrinka became the latest big name to suffer an early exit from Wimbledon as he went down to U.S. up-and-comer Reilly Opelka in the second round Wednesday.Wawrinka, who has never won Wimbledon and has now failed to reach the third round for four straight years, looked on course for a routine win after fighting back from losing the first set.center_img Wimbledon 2019: Sam Querrey wipes out No. 5 seed Dominic Thiem Opelka could not keep up his form in the next two sets, however, but the 2015 Wimbledon boys’ champion broke the Swiss star — seeded at 22 — again to force a fifth set.last_img read more

Three takeaways from Chiefs vs. Patriots: Red-hot Kansas City makes Tom Brady, New England go cold in playoff picture

first_imgThe Chiefs’ defense turned in the performance it needed to take the Patriots further down in the AFC playoff picture. Kansas City (9-4), as a field-goal underdog, held on to beat New England (10-3) in Gillette Stadium, 23-16.While the Chiefs won their third consecutive game to move within a game of the Patriots for the No. 2 seed and maintained the No. 3 seed over the Texans (8-5), the Ravens (11-2) now have a full-game lead, plus the head-to-head tiebreaker, on the Patriots for the top seed and home-field advantage in the AFC. The good news is the Patriots’ final three games are at home against the Bengals, at home against the Bills and on the road against the Dolphins. The Buffalo game will be tough as New England tries to stay ahead of the Bills in the AFC East with their lead cut down to one game. But the bottom line is, the Patriots won’t need to be all that explosive to win those games.In the bigger picture, however, with their 21-game home winning streak having ended, the Pats are not playing like the same, daunting team that should be the AFC’s No. 2 seed. Their best win came all the way back in Week 1 against a Steelers team that’s very different than the 8-5 version it is now.It’s premature as usual to write off the Patriots because of their ability to adjust and evolve when the stakes are raised, and they will learn from their mistake-filled games. But the evidence we’ve been given in November and December tells us it’s easier to trust the field over New England. Here are the most important takeaways from the Chiefs’ Week 14 win over the Patriots.MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureThe Chiefs can win with big-time defense, too.The Patriots needed to rush effectively against the Chiefs to win, but they were able to muster only 94 yards on 22 carries after falling behind. Kansas City’s strength has been its pass rush and secondary coverage all season, and those units came through with three sacks and an interception of Brady, giving up only 4.3 yards per pass attempt against a limited wide receiver corps beyond Julian Edelman.The Chiefs blitzed at the right times and did a great job containing Edelman, down to the final incomplete pass in the end zone with Bashaud Breeland doing the honors. They clearly frustrated Brady by getting in his face (literally) up front and not worrying about big plays downfield, and they compressed the field and closed on his receivers. The Patriots were only 2-for-12 on third downs and 1-for-3 on fourth downs.BREEZY CALLED GAME ✊@Bree2Land6 | #ProBowlVote pic.twitter.com/tF9BcaWWtF— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 9, 2019Defense was the Chiefs’ biggest question mark going into the season under coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. They’ve been bad against the run and have had trouble with running backs in the passing game because of their linebacker issues, but their change to a 4-3 scheme has worked. They now are able to win when their offense gets into a bit of a grinding game, which was the case for Patrick Mahomes and Co. on Sunday.The Chiefs carried momentum from their dominance of the Raiders last week, as their defense continues to improve in different areas at the most important time of the season. The repeat AFC West champions can finish strong against the Broncos, Bears and Chargers for the ideal playoff tune-up through the rest of the regular season.The Patriots’ offensive woes are still (mostly) not about Tom Brady.Brady needs considerable help now as a more dependent quarterback at age 42. But his pass protection is poor, and the running game can be non-existent, especially when the Patriots get behind on the scoreboard and the receivers (away from Edelman and running back James White) don’t deliver.Brady (19-of-36 passing, 169 yards, TD, INT, 4.3 yards per attempt, 74.9 passer rating) is trying to force the issue with his arm, and it’s not working against teams that can mix up looks as well as the Chiefs can. His biggest play in the game, one that gave the Patriots a last-gasp chance, was a 17-yard scramble for a first down.And now @TomBrady RUNS it 17 yards for the first down.ON FOURTH DOWN. pic.twitter.com/gfBkYzHl0H— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 9, 2019Early in the season, the Patriots won games with big plays from their defense and special teams — which they are still getting. The only difference: The degree of difficulty of the opponents has been significantly raised.The Chiefs didn’t too much offensively, but they clearly had more speed and reliable playmakers around Mahomes, led by Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, and a solid offensive line that’s now fully healthy.Brady is on an island, and he’s being marooned more times than not.MORE: Full Week 14 NFL scoreboardThe Patriots are not close to AFC favorites.The evidence is there. The Patriots have lost to the Ravens, Texans and now Chiefs in their toughest five-game stretch of the season, with their only wins coming against the Cowboys and Eagles. (Which, in retrospect, aren’t big accomplishments.)last_img read more

Drafting a future for 112th Avenue

first_imgWhat: The Northeast 112th Avenue Corridor Plan, which would add sidewalks and bike lanes and includes design guidelines.When: The Vancouver City Council will vote on the plans following a public hearing at 7 p.m. meeting on Dec. 19.Where: City Hall, council chambers, 415 W. Sixth St.It won’t happen anytime soon, but as city planners look out along Northeast 112th Avenue, they can see the potential for big changes in the sprawling, car-centric corridor. Sidewalks and bike lanes that run the whole stretch of 112th from south of Northeast Ninth Street all the way to at least Northeast 28th Street. Shorter blocks with numerous connector streets to encourage walking. More high-density housing and fewer drive-throughs.“We really want to create an urban center, a place that’s walkable, a place where people want to gather and be,” principal planner Sandra Towne told the city council during a presentation on Nov. 28.The Northeast 112th Avenue Corridor Plan is a high-level, 20-year vision for the corridor that creates plans for sidewalks, bike lanes, high-density housing and other design guidelines.There’s no money in the city’s budget to do any of the roadway improvements, so don’t expect jackhammers along 112th putting in sidewalks as soon as the city council votes on the plan Dec. 19.But the corridor vision would help Vancouver go after grants for the work, Towne said. Also, with a large part of the area yet to be developed, the design guidelines and connector streets would go in once the economy picks up and construction starts up again, she said.last_img read more