Mentorship is about...
1. Finding patterns and reassembling them in new ways.
Here are the stories of very talented people that I've mentored recently:
Arby mapped out a financial & tactical plan to resign from senior HP management and open a successful real estate practice
Susan planned and executed a career shift from Senior Attorney at Oracle to Associate Dean at Stanford University
John after a 25 year career with a Fortune 100 company, negotiated early retirement, injecting funding into a pilot writing career
Charles, newly minted PhD., mapped out practice development plan, including website, book publishing, and speaking opportunities
Maura revived decades old dream of becoming an international activist/writer & business owner
David felt he was being overlooked for his contributions, and wanted a raise, promotion, and more visibility, he increas his compensation by $75,000!
Cat's a visionary activist, and young solo traveler. She's passionate about running her own company but wondered if a graduate degree was needed.
Mark managed the risk of leaping from second in command of a family-owned business to captain of his own successful enterprise.
Michelle wanted a raise, promotion, and more visibility for her work, and accomplished all three, increasing her compensation by $22,000.
Jensine, award winning activist and journalist, looked inward to create balance and harmony within a hectic travel and speaking schedule.
Maggie, hospital chaplain, negotiated a job change, salary increase, and better benefits, and landed a job in her area of specialty.
Margje moved to another country for love, and still wanted to be independent and make her own money. Found a job within three weeks.
Heather's an artist at heart and wanted a W-2 job that would pay the bills and allow her to paint. In 3 weeks, she landed the job, negotiated the highest pay and more vacation.
And Pam, Jenni, Mindy, Navin, Joe...
2. Hiring the right person!
I work with creatives, professionals and entrepreneurs.
I am a pioneer in mentoring and coaching. I started my work in this area back in 1998 when I was at Columbia University studying for my MBA degree. Back then, 'coaching' as a profession was in its nascent stages and 'mentoring' is still sometimes relegated to the domain of the more experienced colleague taking the junior employee under their wing.
It's evolved greatly since then and I am very much a part of that story. In 2003, I graduated from a ground-breaking master's degree program from John Hopkins, called Organizational Counseling. The brainchild of Dr. Mary Guidon, this joint program sponsored by the Business and Education departments combined organizational development with clinical counseling and coaching. This degree answered my calling to find a way to help people work well together. That phrase has been the single focus and passion of my entire career. My vision then was to turn corporate America into creative America. And, that vision still burns bright and keeps me focused.
Following Dr. Guidon's lead, I started combining educational courses from different and distinct bodies of knowledge: cultural anthropology, psychology, psychiatry, physics, ancient and contemporary religions, and medicine along with business and spiritual practices, something Gregory Bateson called transdisciplinarity. Linking knowledge and wisdom from highly developed but hereto isolated and separated information silos has become a kind of personal quest. I immerse myself in diverse corporate cultures and emerging modalities from Solo Wilderness Treks to Internal Family Systems Methodology to Holotropic Breathwork. I do it so I can pull from all of them to tailor my work with you.
I am a mentor. I help people work well, together.
3. Understanding The Process.
My approach to mentoring is simple - focus on the basic four questions that are essential for any change to happen.
What's working and what's not working?
Whatever you want to change, we'll work together to develop a plan, understand what it'll take to get there, and what's missing from your personal tool-kit.
Do you have the Talent, Strengths, and Knowledge?
I use real time feedback tools and assessments, and chunk the data into smaller pieces that can be more readily integrated. Specifically I have been using the Enneagram in my practice for almost 8 years. I combine this assessment with the Strengthsfinder2.0 and tailor the feedback to each client. If you haven't heard of the Enneagram, you're in for a treat - get ready to finally understand your colleagues and laugh at your own idiosyncrasies. It's that accurate! And, it's just made it into the business sphere with this Forbes article dated March 6, 2017: Here's How Your Personality Type Affects your Decisions At Work.
Who supports you?
Friends, connections, and mentors help us make the moves that will make an impact. We'll mobilize yours. (PS. I'm one of them!)
How well do you know yourself?
(AKA, what if success hinges more on who you really are, and not about learning some technical skill or about how to fit in with others?)
I used to call this section 'character' - not anymore. This is about identity - not social identity, but a far more lasting sense of who and what you are, and exactly what and how you can integrate that into your life.
The hardest part about knowing yourself is knowing HOW you 'break into jail!' We all do it, whatever ego-based fear or block we have, it will and does get us into trouble, and it takes consistent work to break back out. Having a co-pilot means someone else is looking where you aren't. Very helpful!
4. Signing up for a package!
Let's Get Started
Duration: 10 - one hour long mentoring/coaching sessions, about four months.
Format: Live, phone or Skype
Overview: All of the individual clients listed on the testimonials page started with this package. The learning curve is steep, we'll work together for about four months, not just during your session either. I'll be available between sessions so you have constant support. There will be a ton of exciting information, discovery, and insight. We will delve deep into how you like to operate, what makes you happy, what doesn't, what do you do well, your likes and dislikes. We'll look at your natural skills, and what's transferable. This is an exciting and fun time, creative ideas, lots of feedback, building skills. My job is to investigate and explore alongside you, make suggestions, offer guidance, connect you with people I know and help you stay the course. You will move your life forward, and new options will present themselves, often in areas you never even thought of. Client's often ask, "what happens after we're done?" You have the option of continuing to work with me, maintaining the support and the access to resources and ideas at a significantly reduced rate.