Creative Mentorship and Career-Building Strategies: How to Build Your Virtual Personal Board of Directors

Creative Mentorship and Career-Building Strategies: How to Build Your Virtual Personal Board of Directors

Creative Mentorship and Career-Building Strategies: How to Build Your Virtual Personal Board of Directors

Creative Mentorship and Career-Building Strategies: How to Build Your Virtual Personal Board of Directors

Synopsis

There has been a paradigm shift as to how professional knowledge is passed on. It no longer happens naturally through traditional corporate grooming and succession rituals. With less time, lower budgets, and more uncertainty, traditional mentorship models don't work in today's economy. The recent dramatic upheaval in the professional landscape has radically altered how 21st century professionals can most effectively cultivate career success. Creative Mentorship brings the most advanced mentoring methods out of the Fortune 500 boardroom and into your classroom, conference room, or even your living room, giving everyone access to groundbreaking and innovative mentoring methods utilized by today's most powerful and influential professionals. Mary Pender Greene draws upon more than 20 years of experience as a therapist, career coach, and successful executive to codify her personal system for career development, the Virtual Personal Board of Directors (VPBOD).Creative Mentorship features engaging exercises and worksheets as well as practical methods and strategies that will transform the way you approach career development. Creative Mentorship guides you, step-by-step, through the process of building your own Virtual Personal Board of Directors. Creative Mentorship will show you how to select specialized mentors who will accompany and assist you on your path to career success. A toolbox of tactics, strategies, and rules of engagement will ensure that you fully assimilate the VPBOD networking strategy, learn how to best leverage its innovative tactics, and ultimately integrate this revolutionary mentoring methodology into every aspect of your professional life. Creative Mentorship will enable you to achieve your most ambitious dreams and make your ultimate professional goals a reality.

Excerpt

Mary Pender Greene has been a mentor, colleague, and friend for 20 years. She was an executive leader in one of the largest human services agencies in New York City for many years, where I worked and knew her as an experienced clinician, thoughtful manager, and respected mentor to many of my peers. In the last decade of her tenure at the agency, she led key aspects of a complex effort to implement a comprehensive strategic plan which included restructuring core aspects of the agency. This work required extensive networking and communication, delicate negotiations, respectful confrontations, and very high levels of trust with all the people involved. Mary and I collaborated closely in this work as it affected my division, and the years of partnership brought us closer and helped me to appreciate more fully the power of mentoring, both in developing my own career and in organization development.

A fundamental shift within the organization was to make the hierarchical structure transparent so others within the organization had a clear understanding, or at least access to the knowledge, of how decisions are made. Another important factor was taking advantage of teachable moments and other learning opportunities to help develop a diverse group of leaders from within the agency. Central to all of this was the need to develop meaningful and trusting relationships with a broad range of people connected to and invested in the organization. As a middle manager, running a program while working on the larger agency plan, I often thought of my work as negotiating tensions between “managing up” and “managing down” and was frequently frustrated with lack of movement in either arena. I wanted to support the type of change that would benefit my program and my division,and I wanted individual professional growth for my own benefit. Sometimes not seeing the forest for the trees, I struggled to recognize meaningful progress either for myself or for the organization. Mary’s sage wisdom helped me see and optimize my impact through mentoring.

I learned to understand my work as a process of mentoring within a network of individuals committed to professional development—both my own and theirs. This proved to create a transformative perspective. Connecting with others through the lens of the mentor-protégé relationship, where roles are often complex and reciprocal, created . . .

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