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5 Attributes for Protégés to Demonstrate

In season eight of Seinfeld, Jerry and George Costanza had the following exchange: George: I still don’t understand this. Abby has a mentor? Jerry: Yes. And the mentor advises the protégé. George: Is there any money involved? Jerry: No. George: So what’s in it for the mentor? Jerry: Respect, admiration, prestige. George: Would the protégé […]

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9 Essential Qualities to Look for In a Mentor

“Always in motion is the future.”– Yoda Mentors are more than just advisors. They are guides that help protégés grow and develop. Mentors are valuable allies to have on your side. Let’s explore some of the best qualities to look for in a mentor. Mentors should: • Be available. The relationship between a mentor and […]

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So, You Want a Mentor?

“Always two there are, no more, no less: a master and an apprentice.”– Yoda Two years ago I decided that I needed a mentor. I needed someone at my company to help shepherd me, to help me grow as a person and as a professional. I did not look to a boss or friends (co-workers) […]

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Yoda: The Best Mentor Ever

“Help you I can, yes.” – Yoda In the original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker decides that he needs help on his quest to become a Jedi knight. Luke needs guidance and training so he can unlock his true potential and master the Force. Luke travels to an isolated, swamp-ridden planet, […]

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Mentoring Can Be a Boost to Your Company

“Ecologists tell us that a tree planted in a clearing of an old forest will grow more successfully than one planted in an open field. The reason, it seems, is that the roots of the forest tree are able to follow the intricate pathways created by former trees and thus embed themselves more deeply. Similarly, […]

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Reinvent Yourself – Developing the New You

Now that you have started your reinvention process and repackaged yourself for your new career, you’re ready to start your journey. Remember, changing your thought process takes time and practice, but if you can stick with it, the result can be a bright new career. Here are a few tips that will prepare you for […]

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Reinvent Yourself – Repackage Yourself

Yesterday, I talked about starting the process of reinventing yourself for a new career, or rejuvenating yourself in your current job. Today, I want to talk about what to do after you have found your new direction – repackaging yourself. Even after individuals find their true passion, they still sometimes find it difficult to shed […]

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Reinvent Yourself – Take the First Step

We recently received a question from a reader inquiring whether or not she wasted her time working in a specific industry for too long. She wants to get into a new field of work but feels as though future employers look at her past employment history and typecast her in to one role. Many workers […]

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Exploring Your Options: 2 Tools for Choosing a Career

If you’ve ever attended college or vocational school, chances are, you had the opportunity to visit with a career or guidance counselor to help you choose the career path that fits your interests, skills, personality and ambition. In this process, you discover that there are more career paths, opportunities and directions you can go than […]

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Don’t Complain, Communicate: Boost Your Career with 7 Tips

Yesterday, I covered why complaining is dangerous to your career. That said, it’s important to understand the fine line between communicating and complaining, because one can hurt your career while the other can enhance it. One of the most critical skills for employees seeking to grow professionally is communication. Sometimes, it’s necessary to communicate about […]

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