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I never knew you were my mentor

by Rob Salome | Posted on August 8th, 2018

I suppose I’ve had mentors over the course of my professional career. Sometimes I knew it and sometimes I didn’t. On some occasions, my ignorance was due to appreciation – I was just glad to get a few pointers. On other occasions, my ignorance was founded – the advice I received just left me confused.

In the February 2017 issue of HBR, Anthony Tjan provides four key tenets to the responsibilities of mentors:

  • Put the relationship before the mentorship
  • Focus on character rather than competence
  • Shout loudly with your optimism, and keep quiet with your cynicism
  • Be more loyal to your mentee than you are to your company

Relationships, character, optimism, and loyalty – all admirable values. I believe Tjan got it right: values lie at the root of quality mentorship.

When I think about my mentors throughout the course of my career, the best I’ve had were... Read the rest at the Solutions 21 Blog >

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Consider this: how many times a day do you apologize without sincerity? I.e. "I'm sorry for the delayed response" or "I'm sorry I'm late." For this week's MMC, try replacing "I'm sorry" with "Thank you." Rather than saying "I'm sorry to bother you," consider saying, "Thank you for making time for this." Give it a try this week and shoot us an email ( to let us know about your experience with the MMC. Your stories will be published in next week's newsletter!

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Quote of the Week

"An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” - Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric

What We are Listening to This Week

  • “Faking Your Emotions at Work,” an episode from WorkLife with Adam Grant
    We all have moments where we have to adapt the way we are communicating, even when we don’t feel like it. This adaptation requires an incredible amount of energy management, and we can end up exhausted. This episode of discusses the idea of “emotional labor,” the various types of this work, and how to be more effective in managing your emotional communication.  


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