Discussion 1: Who is Your Role Model? From Whom Do You Seek

Discussion 1: Who is Your Role Model? From Whom Do You Seek Advice? How do You Build Your Network?
Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know?” Today, it might be more accurate to say something like, “Who you know can help what you know.”
To prepare for this Discussion
Review the weekly resources, especially
Burkus, D. (2016). Former colleagues are more valuable than you think. Harvard Business Review Digital Articles, 2–4.
Davis, T. (2013). Building and using a personal/professional learning network with social media. Journal for Research in Business Education, 55(1), 1–13.
Koch, A. R., & Binnewies, C. (2015). Setting a good example: Supervisors as work-life-friendly role models within the context of boundary management. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 20(1), 82–92.
TEDx[TEDxTalks]. (2011, June 30). TEDxOverlake – Karen Russell – Modern mentoring: The good, the bad and the better [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSZRtx8m3Z8
TEDx [TEDxTalks]. (2016, November 21). Science of mentorship | Shawn Blanchard | TEDxMuskegon [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh46lVSKWHc
Consider your own experiences with identifying and learning from role models, coaches, and mentors.
Assess your professional network and why having one matters.
Post a cohesive response in which you:
Describe the types of role models that you aspire to emulate.
How did you select these role models?
How do you ‘follow’ them or learn from them?
What attributes or skills do your role models have that you admire?
How do you translate what you observe in your role models to help yourself grow?
Next, think about individuals with whom you have a deeper relationship, such as a mentor or coach. Typically, these are individuals with whom you have regular interactions, and they provide advice and guidance to you. (Note: Your role model and your mentor may be the same person, but the attributes of the relationship will likely be different.)
Describe your relationship with your mentor or coach.
What type of guidance do you seek from these individuals?
Why did you select these individuals?
Now, think about the types of mentors that you need to get to the next stages of your career.
Who might these mentors be (no specific people, but think about roles, skills, and experience)?
What do you hope to learn?
Explain the importance of having role models and mentors or coaches in your own development
Describe at least three specific examples of how you currently build and nurture professional relationships and how you will use these types of strategies to help you be a better manager and positively influence your career in the future.
Explain the impact of having a professional network
What are the benefits?
What does it take to build one that will support you?
How will you continue to refine your skills in this area?