Sarah Dichter has suggested renaming Valentine’s Day Generosity Day. Saul Kaplan of the Business Innovation Factory recently blogged about Daring to be Great. The two ideas came together for me around mentoring. I have any number of young people who regularly seek me out for advice.
I challenge you on this Valentine’s Day 2011: What you will do to help someone develop their greatness? Here are a five ideas:
- Be approachable. This goes beyond having an open-door policy.
- Join their personal board of advisors. See my blog post on this.
- Coach don’t tell. Ask questions that start with how, what, and when which will aid them in finding their own solutions.
- Show them their greatness. Many times we are so close to a situation we don’t see what we’ve achieved.
- Ask the hard questions. Those who want a mentor will take the easy with the hard questions. Just state them as a coach.
How will you mentor someone today?
Susan C. Hammond consults with CEOs of small to mid-size companies and nonprofit organizations on the formation and facilitation of advisory boards, ways to enhance organizational financial intelligence, and governance. She previously served as member of the senior management team of technology start-ups, professional service firms, and nonprofit organizations. Susan is the author of the Advisory Board Kit: A Comprehensive Guide to Establishing an Advisory Board.