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Share insights that you gained from your colleague and how you will use them to improve your own networking or mentoring experiences.
Describe the types of role models that you aspire to emulate.
I aspire to be like my mom. Before she retired, she was a Corporate Director at a major hospital in our town. Most Directors, AVPs, VPs, etc. attended meetings and sat at their desks to “manage” their people. My mom was different, she would be on the nursing floors, working along side her team. If they were swamped because of staff being on PTO, my mom would take a case load to help her team not burn-out while still completing her managerial tasks. I strive to be like her, even though I am told most days that I cannot be in management and be hands-on technical. My role model has proved it can be done. I learned from her by listening to her conversations with her team, watching their interactions, and watching how she cared from her team. My role model has the following attributes that I admire:
What I observed from my role model, I try to incorporate that into my way of life, professionally and personally.
Describe the relationship you have with your mentor or coach.
My mentor is my old Program Contract Manager. I seek growth in leadership skills from him. I also seek career path development growth from him. I selected this individual for my mentor because he began his career as an IT Technician and worked his way up to Contract Program Manager. I felt he could guide me a help me see the differences, pros, and cons with either going into management or staying technical while going up the career ladder.
What types of mentors do you need to get to the next stages of your career?
Now that I have moved to my company’s headquarters facility, I may need another mentor. This mentor will work in our home office, that way he/she will know the ends and outs of working in my current environment. I need a mentor that might me more technical or recently transitioned from a technical job to a managerial job.
From my mentors, I would hope to learn from both ends of the business. I would like to see how the leaders manage the projects or develop and manage the entire infrastructure from the ground up.
What is the importance of having role models, mentors, or coaches in your own development relationship and how will you use these types of strategies to help you be a better manager?
Role models, coaches, and mentors are important to your development because they help improve the performance of an employee in a direct skill area. (Horstman, 2016). They also help guide their mentees in career path direction and networking. I build and nurture my professional relationships by:
Listening to the person
Care about the person
Make it a priority to build the relationship (Eikenberry, n.d.)
I will use these items to build professional relationships with my directs. I hope they notice the methods I have used to build a relationship with them and follow suit.
What is the impact of having a professional network?
The benefits of having a professional network are:
Strengthens business connections
Receive fresh, new ideas
Gain more knowledge
Gain a different perspective (Page, 2021)
To build a professional network it takes communication and dedication. It may al take the support of leadership. Once my professional network has been developed, I will continue to develop my networking skills by practice. I will practice improving my communication skills, attending networking events, and asking for constructive feedback.
Eikenberry, K. (n.d.). Seven Ways to Nurture Professional Relationships. Retrieved from Leardership & Learning with Kevin Eikenberry: https://blog.kevineikenberry.com/leadership-supervisory-skills/seven-ways-to-nurture-professional-relationships/
Horstman, M. (2016). The Effective Manager. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Page, M. (2021, May 01). Top 12 Benefits of Professional Networking and How to Get Started. Retrieved from MichaelPage: https://www.michaelpage.com.au/advice/career-advice/career-progression/benefits-networking
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