In Praise of Mentors

Marshall Goldsmith is one of my heroes. He speaks, I listen. His latest in Talent Management magazine is

My department was unusual in the school district. I required two things of everyone that worked with me – I wanted everyone to take the Gallup StrengthsFinders test (all results were posted to the rest of the team and in each office) and I asked everyone to find a mentor to meet with regularly. Mentors provide a perspective and career maturity that cannot be found elsewhere. It worked so well for my team members that when I was named to the superintendent’s council, I felt I had to find a mentor as well. She provided great insights and I grew as a result of her guidance.

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