One of the least pleasant sides of management is letting underperforming, or disruptive staff go. It's never an easy thing to do to tell someone they are no longer needed or wanted. However, it is something that we need to do if we want to create high performing organisations.
It's easy to assume that technology will always march on, and that our devices will always get better, faster and cheaper. But without inventors, disruptors, scientists and engineers, our culture of creative innovation would not exist.
I've decided to interview my mentor, Mylea Charvat, for The Huffington Post #TalkToMe video series in order to raise awareness on the value of mentorship and the impact that it can have on people's lives (people of all ages).
I always like to reflect upon the imagery of King Arthur's fabled round table. It is a great representation of the circle of influence in our lives. Each of us has a roundtable. We have people in our lives that bear great influence on us.
If you are building for long term success, assuming an attitude of humility is a great place for fostering personal growth and having a lasting influence on your generation and those who will come behind you.
In order to help others with their respective journeys, I first needed to change myself (in the best way). So I began working with mentors. I sought out successful people working in the same space that I wanted to break into, and made it my business to learn from the best.
This is what becoming a mentor can do for anyone who has the desire to truly get to know another person. To walk in their shoes and to be fully present and helpful during important transitions and changes when friends and family, for a variety of reasons, can't be.
What makes mentoring work? What is the universality of mentoring? We can learn a lot from Muhammad Ali and his six core principles and how they shape our thinking about mentoring and mentoring relationships.
In our fast-moving society that relies on technology and Tinder to get by, it's become clear that there are two kinds of millennials: Those who've made a five-year plan and are sticking to it and those who have absolutely no idea what they're doing.
As you find yourself in a sea of holiday lights, making toasts at cocktail parties, and exchanging warm sentiments, I encourage you to share a gift that has far more intrinsic value than any other. Give the gift of mentorship, or ask someone you admire to mentor you.