Guest Blog “39 years of work and this is what I have to show for it””

Following a discussion about mentoring  this morning  John McChesney, HRD at Manx Telecom shared this with me.  John mentors and coaches constantly – it’s at the heart of all his work – and his approach to work has heart.  I thought this has an elegant simplicity and was worth a share.

  • Know yourself, what you are good at, and what you are not so good at.
  • Build teams that have complementary skills and abilities and overlap your needs.
  • Don’t reinvent the wheel; steal/borrow all you can.
  • Always be a learner.
  • People don’t set out to screw up, so don’t treat them as if they do.
  • “Thank you” is worth a fortune.
  • Don’t blame; take and ask others to take responsibility.
  • “Situational confidence” is half the battle; tackle difficult issues quickly.
  • Live with “don’t know” answers.
  • Treat others as they would like to be treated, not as you want to be treated.
  • Manage up, not just down.
  • S**t happens, so learn from it and move on.  You can’t undo the past but you can change the future.
  • Listen to the inner voice/thoughts/feelings.
  • Maintain a balanced life, whatever that is for you.
  • Network, network, network.
  • Use great mentors and coaches.
  • Don’t be a turkey.
  • This is not a rehearsal, it’s for real, so make the most of it and have some fun.

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