Mentoring and Developing Talent

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Cynthia Hardy Young, CEO & Founder of Pivot Global Partners, shares her practical guide to mentoring and development in her podcast interview with The Female Red Zone.  Cynthia has been a mentor to high school and college students, as well as young professionals, for over 27 years and sees it as part of her mission to “lift and raise” others.

 If you give time to someone mentoring and developing them, insist they give that time back to someone else along the way.

 Tell your mentee – whatever their background – that they have a unique perspective. Help them to recognize that all of life’s lessons make them see things in a unique way.

They get to take all of these experiences and apply them to their next opportunity, which will undoubtedly have new challenges.  They should enter each challenge with the right attitude -- learn, embrace, gain broader perspective.

This attitude helps anyone become a better professional down the road.

 Don’t make decisions for mentees. Help them develop an approach to making those decisions.  Don’t tell people what to do.  Help them surface important issues to weigh and consider.

 Insist that mentees commit to making progress.  Let them know you expect to see and hear of their progress.  The path to improvement, growth and development will include stumbles.  The key is that mentees learn from the stumbles and use those experiences to bounce back with resilience and focus, learning lessons along the way.

 Recognize that workplace and personal decisions have impact down the line, and those decisions impact real people. Therefore, the guiding principle must be to do good and always be fair and consistent.

 Pivot Global is establishing a 501(c)(3) to make sure it does good. The Pivot Global Exchange Foundation will select disadvantaged students for international stays abroad to broaden their horizons and help them make bigger, bolder life choices.

 Choose where you can make a difference and do good. Consider investing in others and helping them realize their potential.

Listen to the interview below or on the Red Zone website.