One thing that I am learning more and more everyday is that “everyday Americans” are now thinking about PR all the time and never realizing the importance of it and maybe not even realizing that they are doing it. Read More »
Today in the classic city of Athens, GA marks a huge moment for many people – It is the first day of classes at the University of Georgia. For some it is the first time they will sit in a college classroom, for others it is the last-first day of class. For others they are sitting in a room on probation having to make great grades to keep from moving home and others are thriving and hanging on to presidential scholarships. So many thoughts and the classroom is just the tip of the iceberg – because life happens when you walk out of the classroom.
My thoughts on today really have a lot of emotions for me. For me – my focus is on the freshmen. I wish that I could communicate clearly the reality that the choices that are made in the next 2 weeks will decide your year and most likely your college career. You will chose where you will hang out, who you will hang out with, what you will do, who you will be, and so much more.
As I sit and think about being a freshman, I think of a lot of decisions that I made – some great, and many not-so-great. I do not write this to discount the people that I met and the experiences we had – some people I met were unbelievable people – but at the end of the day I made a lot of choices that I wish I would have never made.
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This was a really interesting session with @backstageleader and possibly the one that I anticipated the most from my semester in the program. I was not really excited about this from the fact that I was planning to hear a ton of information that I have not heard before, but more so to hear Dan in this context – to see how he would relate to this group and to learn from his interactions.
Crazily enough the think that I learn from Dan the most is the value of people. Every time that I get to spend with Dan, I do feel like I learn so much, but it really boils down to the stewardship of influence and how you interact with people. The time with Dan during the Backstage Leadership Session was no different at all.
As I have mentioned, I am still young and I am learning a lot – but one thing that I have really learned about leadership is that you should never go at it alone. When I was college, I kept hearing one over-arching theme from a lot of very wise people. It was that you need a mentor – someone that you can walk alongside of in life. I have been blessed to have some great people step into my life and offer me some great counsel.
As you think about a mentor relationship I have a few pieces of advise that I have found to be helpful:
- You need to find someone who can be involved with your life but at the same time not immersed in the day-to-day activities of your life
– I think that it is great to have bosses, co-workers, and family members who can be of counsel to you in life, but I also think that it is very important to have some people who are a bit more removed to walk along side of you. I find this so helpful, because as much as they understand what is going on, they are able to see it from a much bigger perspective.
- You need to be specific of what the outcomes that you desire
– I think that you make the most of the relationship if you know what you need to work on and what you need to improve. If you know what the goals are it is much easier to have someone help you achieve them. I personally have developed 1, 3, and 5 year goals and I am open to share these with the people that I look to for counsel in life. They can help hold me accountable and also help me accomplish all that I want to accomplish.
- You need to ask what can I give before you ask what can I get
– I am constantly learning that a mentor relationship is a 2-way relationship and that the mentee (not sure if this is a word) can also influence the life of the mentor. Do not underestimate what you can bring to the table to influence others. This is a fun thing to learn and I feel like it is not natural, but I also think that it makes the most of the relationship.
How about you? How do you approach your mentor relationships? Do you have a mentor? How have they impacted your life and how have you impacted their’s?