Monday, December 5, 2016

Humourous A-Z of types of mentors

Exploring the different kinds of mentors there are... We either do these things for others or we seek them for ourselves.

Augment-or:                  Helps you be you in all facets
Bewilderment-or:           Helps the lost find a path
Cement-or:                    Part of the foundation of your community, keeping it together
Discouragement-or:       Teaches how to handle feedback
Embodiment-or:             A role model
Fulfillment-or:               Uncovers desires and dreams
Gedankenexperiment-or:Theories of mentoring and networking brought to life
Harassment-or:             When you need someone to help you find a way out
Impalement-or:              Lets you get away with nothing
Judgment-or:                 We’re all good at this to differing degrees.
Knackerment-or:           (thx Karin!) They know how to do a really good debrief
Lament-or:                   When the world just seems too much, they hold your hand
Movement-or:               Helps you frame your vision
Nourishment-or:            Feeds your passion
Ordainment-or:             Helps you find your calling
Pavement-or:                Builds a road with you to wherever you're going
Quiet Enjoyment-or:      (thx Anne!)  Can sit in silence and relax while you both think
Readjustment-or:          Support during the first stages of change
Sediment-or:                 Asks you to dig right to the bottom
Testament-or:               Also an active sponsor as well as mentor
-or:          Serves as a foundation while you make plans
Varmint-or:                   Offers new perspective on those who drive you crazy
Wonderment-or:            Uncovers new passions in you
Xenograft-or:                Mentoring at its most basic
Yield-or:                       Invests time and expertise into helping others grow
Zest-or:                        Creates excitement and interest within you

To see the complete lists:
X, Y & Z – Nov. 7/16

Monday, November 21, 2016

Personal brands & sharing them

How you are perceived is both a reflection of your brand and the brands of those with whom you surround yourself.

Hmmm... sounds like advice our moms gave us years ago, doesn't it?

The difference is in the intent. Ages ago the subtext was "only surround yourself with successful people." With a broader definition of success and joy in a diverse network, today the reminder is to "be mindful of how you share your brand and be respectful of how your association reflects on others." Less about surface and more about character.

My arts and not-for-profit background is positions my technical associates as forward thinkers as much as it showcases my own ability to apply knowledge across industries. We are greater than the sum of our parts - which is why networks and communities can do much more in the aggregate. Another positive check mark for having networks.

More than how my personal network (with me at the centre) is built, is honouring the trust given when someone else shares their network and their brand. Simple manners like 'ask before assuming it's ok to provide an introduction' or 'offer a heads up when information may impact someone' can go a long way to building further trust.

Your brand is more than your job - your network should reach beyond your own skills. Share across industries. Collaborate in many communities. Growing your connections with an authentic approach around who you are and what you offer can see everyone's perception of the participants deepen.

Success isn't skin deep - it's a whole community's reflection of us all.

Monday, November 14, 2016

What unites us as women?

It is definitely not a shared view of the main issue nor a single action plan. Our ideas, concerns and focus spans our contexts through the lenses of:

  • mothers
  • partners (or not or divorced)
  • parents
  • single parents
  • sexual orientation
  • work and work hierarchies
  • self-employment vs. employee
  • intrapreneurs & entrepreneurs
  • perception of self worth
  • past experiences with poverty, abuse and violence

...and so much more.

We are as diverse in our experiences and thinking as we are in our geographical locations and vocabularies.

What unites often is how we cheer each on while still maintaining our own unique areas of passion. We share in each others successes even if we don't fight the same fight. Thanks to Madonna for showing bra straps & roots. Bless our daughters and nieces for tattoos and denim as fashion. Wade vs. Roe. Ms. Steinem. My grama.

The elephant in the room is made of many problems. Grab the piece that appeals to you and know we're each doing our part and it all counts. We are united by our passion and our contributions.

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