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Monday, June 19, 2006

Recognize the front

One of the ways we can help to recognize the frontline folks for what they do is to provide a formal mentor program using peer leaders. I expand upon an idea from a Boston Globe article and develop it further (yes, adding my two cents) over here.
 
Do you have peer leaders?
 
Does this work for you (your company)?
 
 
 
 
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4 Comments:

  • At 11:46 AM, Blogger JasonWomack said…

    I wouldn't be where I am without my mentors. Having a person (or a group) I can count on is such an incredible blessing; knowing I can call on a coach/mentor has gotten me to the end of many days.

    Over the past 2 decades, I have had many people come and go in my life. Some of them taught me something then left, others are still a part of my "team."

    I am a proponent of Peer-to-Peer coaching. Here's how it works for me:

    Find someone who can help lead your way. Ideally, this will be someone with more experience than you in the area into which you are expanding. Start by drafting a mind-map of all the people who have been influential in your life – before high school and beyond. After 5 or 10 minutes, you should have a significant inventory of people to contact.

     
  • At 6:13 AM, Blogger Steve Sherlock said…

    Excellent, Jason! Thanks for sharing.

    I have been thinking about this on a number of fronts. Clearly on the mentor side (which prompted the posting). I am also still working on my "Board of Directors". The listing of folks that I consider the key guiding lights for me.

    Taking this listing down to the next level as you reference, and dealing with the people who are important in daily life is great.

     
  • At 10:45 AM, Blogger Rosa Say said…

    Steve you bring a very interesting discussion to light for me, for as you know, I am a BIG advocate of the worth of great managers (and therein lies the rub - helping them achieve greatness) and so the flattening of hierarchies does concern me a bit.

    I am all for peer-to-peer coaching with the way it engages better involvement, and because of how it elevates the spirit. And I do believe there is an expert waiting to emerge in all of us.

    However there is still the element of coaching needed which must draw from the power and clout (read those words positively, as quicker effectiveness) of those higher up the ranks in our current, as-they-NOW-are business models.

    Yes, I do believe our business models must flatten, but there is quite an adjustment to be made on the journey there, and the minimizing of how great management matters which Carol Hymowitz refers to in her article, makes me very nervous.

     
  • At 11:49 AM, Blogger Troy Worman said…

    Excellent comments.

    While I like the peer-to-peer idea, I do agree with Rosa when she advises not to underestimate the value of coaching or mentoring from higher levels in the organization, people with a greater sense of history, people with broad networks, people who can make introductions... etcetra...

     

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