Servant Mentorship

first_imgAlmost everyone recognizes how important mentoring is.  I don’t know anyone who is successful who did not have at least one good mentor. I  know I am grateful for mine.Similarly, I don’t know any good leaders who don’t mentor to some degree.  It is more than a mark of a good leader; the mentoring makes the leader stronger by what he or she learns from the mentee.Of course, people define mentoring differently.  It should be more simply than showing someone the ropes or sharing inside baseball.A good mentor should have a vested interest in helping his or her mentee succeed.  Yes, I recognize that this definition begins to bleed into sponsorship as many define it.However, I believe the line between mentorship and sponsorship can be somewhat artificial.  In my views, the best mentorships include a sponsorship component.  The term I use is “servant mentorship.”One way that mentors can sponsor mentees is by opening doors for them.  “I can’t do this but I think this would be a great opportunity for you.”In these cases, the mentor feels good about the opportunity that he or she has provided. While this may benefit the mentee too, the mentor is benefiting by having someone safe do what he or she cannot.Don’t get me wrong.  That’s not a bad thing.  But it’s not as wonderful as it may make the mentor feel.For me, the best test as to whether someone is a servant mentor is whether they lean back so their mentee can lean in.  That means giving up an opportunity for the mentee so that he or she can grow.“I can do this, but I think you would be great. If you want it, it’s yours.”Mentees know the difference.  And, I believe, they respond in kind.Opening a door for someone when you cannot walk in is not “servant mentorship.”  Not walking in the door when you can but sending your mentee instead is.Next month I will be giving my monthly slot to a mentee.  Thank you to SHRM for joining me in service mentorship.last_img read more

Changing the Change Rules at Google

first_imgAt Google, change is constant. But how we managed and messaged change wasn’t always working. So we developed a simple framework to rethink reorgs and it starts by asking “Do we even need this change?”There is no single way that Google manages internal change, like a reorganization. But we’ve been piloting a new approach that has been used in different parts of the company, impacting thousands of Googlers.Research shows that over two-thirds of organizational change efforts fail to deliver on their intended goals. We studied some of the classic change management models, but to be most effective, these models assume you know what you’re transforming into. But at Google, we often don’t have a static endstate were looking for; we need to maintain a fluidity in our structures to support the pace of our business.We needed to start the dialogue around change earlier and force important questions, starting with “does this change actually need to happen?” We came up with a four-step approach to business-driven organizational change we call “ChangeRules.” Four analytical questions drivethis approach:We started by testing this approach with a customer-supporting group and we quickly realizedthe leadership team wasn’t aligned on why they needed to change. So we spent time initially discussing what problem we were solving and we involved our managers in what the changes to the service model would be. This approach resulted in 100% of managers understanding the change and 80% of their teams understanding the change (up from 50%), resulting in a 90% adoption rate.We’ve also seen the model help us avoid a reorganization. In one instance, a new leader took over an existing org and wanted to move things around. But in using this framework, we asked why any change needed to happen and what the desired future state was. We determined that a reorganization would not actually help the leader move the organization where they wanted.But once you decide to make a change, how do you make it stick? When we use this framework, we do three things to “give legs to change efforts and improve outcomes:1. Start with the “why” and “what.” As one of our leaders said, “Change is constant, but this framework allows us to test and clarify strategic business decisions before they are finalized.”2. Go slow to go fast. As early as possible, involve employees in creating solutions, rather than just sharing decisions, and you’ll front load the toughest conversations and make it easier to bring everyone along.3. Commit to landing, not just launching. Be sure you’re focused on effecting the change, not just announcing it.After, how do you know if you’ve been successful? Determine what you’re looking to achieve and measure before making a change. You can measure organizational health metrics (e.g. employee surveys, skills development, attrition) as well as business performance (e.g. customer satisfaction, product adoption rates).To thrive, companies must be open to change, and equally open to rethinking how they approach change management. Asking the right questions and involving all stakeholders in the process is a framework that can help companies evolve. This blog was originally posted on re:Work blog.last_img read more

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin to return home from Ashes early, say reports

first_imgAustralia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has left the Ashes tour of England and is returning home, local media said on Wednesday.The 37-year-old, who was not expected to be selected for the fifth and final Test at the Oval after being replaced by Peter Nevill, was returning for personal reasons, Melbourne’s The Age newspaper reported.England have already regained the Ashes after a comprehensive innings and 78-run victory in the fourth test at Trent Bridge gave them a 3-1 lead in the five-match series.Also read: What really went wrong for Australia in Ashes Haddin had been granted leave earlier in the tour and missed the second Test because his daughter was ill in a London hospital.He was not selected for the third Test when he returned to the squad due to an impressive performance by Nevill, who made his debut in the second test at Lord’s — the only game Michael Clarke’s side have won in the series.The Age reported that a Cricket Australia spokesperson had asked the media to respect Haddin and his family’s privacy when they returned to Australia.Haddin had started the tour as first-choice wicketkeeper but has been usurped by Nevill after a lean spell with the bat over the last 12 months.Australia are due to play Northants in a three-day match starting on Friday before the final Test begins on Aug. 20.They then play Ireland in a one-day game before meeting England in a six-match limited overs series that includes one Twenty20 fixture and five ODIs.advertisementlast_img read more

St. James Municipal Corporation Rewards Students for Academic Excellence

first_imgStory Highlights The St. James Municipal Corporation has recognised five students from the parish for excellence in academics and sports.During the Corporation’s regular monthly meeting held in Montego Bay on March 14, the students, who are beneficiaries of the Poor Relief Department, were presented with gift baskets and showered with accolades.They are Montego Bay High School students Abena Purrier and Toni-Ann Cowan, for outstanding performance in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination; Herbert Morrison Technical High School student, Sheree Blake, for performance in CSEC and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE); Green Pond High School student, Chadaine Blagrove, for football and athletics; and Enreika Blagrove, who is attending the University of the West Indies (UWI).Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis, charged the students to continue to strive for excellence.“There is a saying that we can grow anywhere we are planted and when we see our young people, who are from difficult circumstances but are able to achieve excellence, we have to take time out to recognise them. What this tells us is that your circumstance must not determine your achievements,” he said.He noted that the Corporation is committed to rewarding the excellence of students at all levels in the parish.“This is why we called you here today to say to you, thank you for doing your best, and we encourage you to continue doing your best because as young people, we are depending on you to be the men and women and leaders of tomorrow,” said the Mayor.The Poor Relief Department provides assistance to persons who are unable to work or earn their means of subsistence due to their mental or physical condition.Temporary relief is also afforded to people who are made destitute as a result of fire, flood, hurricane or drought via the disaster relief department.Many other services are also offered to persons on a temporary basis. They are Montego Bay High School students Abena Purrier and Toni-Ann Cowan, for outstanding performance in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination; Herbert Morrison Technical High School student, Sheree Blake, for performance in CSEC and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE); Green Pond High School student, Chadaine Blagrove, for football and athletics; and Enreika Blagrove, who is attending the University of the West Indies (UWI). The St. James Municipal Corporation has recognised five students from the parish for excellence in academics and sports. During the Corporation’s regular monthly meeting held in Montego Bay on March 14, the students, who are beneficiaries of the Poor Relief Department, were presented with gift baskets and showered with accolades.last_img read more

EGC Diaspora Engagement Task Force To Give Update At Upcoming Conference

first_imgStory Highlights Under this, there were sub-initiatives that included a plan to repurpose the Jamaican Diaspora Foundation – Global Connect Jamaica (Glo-Jam) – which is the centrepiece of the sub-initiatives. Participants at the upcoming Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference will be updated on the progress of initiatives being undertaken by the Economic Growth Council (EGC) Diaspora Engagement Task Force when they meet later this month. Chairman of the Task Force, Dr. David Panton, told JIS News that as part of the September 2016 submission made to Cabinet by the EGC, there were eight growth initiatives in their Call to Action, which included ‘harnessing the power of the Diaspora’. Participants at the upcoming Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference will be updated on the progress of initiatives being undertaken by the Economic Growth Council (EGC) Diaspora Engagement Task Force when they meet later this month.Chairman of the Task Force, Dr. David Panton, told JIS News that as part of the September 2016 submission made to Cabinet by the EGC, there were eight growth initiatives in their Call to Action, which included ‘harnessing the power of the Diaspora’.Under this, there were sub-initiatives that included a plan to repurpose the Jamaican Diaspora Foundation – Global Connect Jamaica (Glo-Jam) – which is the centrepiece of the sub-initiatives.“The fundamental purpose of Glo-Jam is to invite successful and prominent members of the Jamaican Diaspora, as well as friends of Jamaica, to leverage their knowledge, experience, relationships and skills in assisting with the identification and implementation of specific projects that will assist in the economic growth and development of Jamaica, with a particular focus on investment,” he explained.Dr. Panton said that the Task Force is now “formalising a structure, and creating a new Glo-Jam Advisory Board comprising distinguished and successful members of the Diaspora, with the patron being the Prime Minister.”Another sub-initiative is to encourage the Jamaican Diaspora to invest and become more engaged in Jamaica, and to establish a special financing agency under Glo-Jam to issue bonds, targeting the Diaspora, and mobilising resources.“There are also plans to establish a fast-track, one-stop coordinating agency of all the major Government agencies to address all Diaspora and investors’ requests and initiatives,” he said.The final sub-initiative is to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade to increase Jamaica’s Honorary Consuls by more than 100 per cent worldwide, particularly in the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK) and Canada.He said that the process of identifying additional cities has already started and they are also strategising on how to recruit additional Consuls.Dr. Panton pointed out that Jamaica now has approximately 80 Consuls, while other countries with tourism as a large part of their GDP have 300 to 400 Consuls.The Consul’s role is to assist Jamaicans abroad with their consular affairs, as well as to act as an Ambassador for the country, promoting the island to visitors and investors, and ultimately raising the profile of the country.last_img read more

Two more drug suspects killed in gunfights toll nears 140

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationTwo suspected drug peddlers were killed in reported gunfights in Chandpur and Mymensingh districts early Wednesday.The deceased are Yunus Miaji alias Sumon, 35, son of one Abdul Majid Miaji of Madhya Sriramdi Bou Bazar area of Chandpur sadar upazila and Manik Mia, 30, son of one Jagat Mia in Gafargaon upazila of Mymensingh.With the death of Sumon and Manik, the number of killed has risen to at least 137 during the anti-narcotics drives across the country in the last 24 days.Of the 137, a total of 71 people were killed in alleged gunfights with police and DB members, 34 with RAB and 32 were killed during gunfights between rival groups, claimed law enforcement agencies.The versions of the incidents provided by law enforcement, however, could not be verified independently.In Chandpur, suspected drug peddler Yunus Miaji alias Sumon was killed in the “gunfight” with police in East Sriramdi of the district town, reports UNB.Being tipped off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 1:45am, said Chandpur Model police station officer-in-charge Wali Ullah Oli.Sensing the presence of the law enforcement, the criminals opened fire to police forcing them to fire back in self-defence, he said.Yunus sustained bullet injuries during the brief gunfight and taken to Chandpur General Hospital where the doctors declared him dead, OC Oli said.Five policemen were injured in the incident, he added.Yunus was wanted in eight cases, said the OC.Police also recovered 101 pieces of yaba tablets, one firearm, six bullets and two sharp weapons from the spot.In Mymensingh, alleged drug pusher Manik Mia was found dead in Klibari Char in Gafargaon upazila early Wednesday.Manik, who was wanted in several cases, might have been killed in a gunfight between two gangs of drug traders, said Abdul Ahad, officer-in-charge of Gafargaon police station.Being informed by locals, police recovered the body of Manik from the spot, said the OC.Police also recovered 49 pieces of yaba tablets from the spot.However, victim’s brother Rajab Ali said police picked up Manik from the local bazar on Monday night and since then he remained missing.last_img read more

Net Neutrality Explained

first_img This story originally appeared on CNBC Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Watching “House of Cards,” listening to Kayne West’s new album or emailing your mother. These daily, instinctive Internet actions are available to all of us anytime, free of charge, in what is known as net neutrality–the concept that Internet providers can’t discriminate between different types of content, such as movies and video.But this level playing field may soon be changing. Network giants, such as telephone and cable companies, are rallying to institute a “tiered” Internet, where broadband providers could offer speedier service and smoother access to those consumers who agree to pay a premium price for it.Think of the Internet as a highway with toll booths. Under the old policy of the open Internet, Internet companies weren’t allowed to distinguish between one kind of traffic or another. Under the new policies, these Internet providers would be allowed to charge more for different types of traffic, like streaming movies and music. If this happens, you will likely see an increase in your monthly bill.At this moment the FCC is working on a policy to ensure that Internet providers do not charge differently for consuming different types of content.If you think a provider has been in violation of the Open Internet rule, you can file a complaint with the FCC. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 16, 2014last_img read more