All too often, mentoring can become just another task on your to-do list.
But mentoring requires developing a genuine rapport. Studies show that even the best-designed mentoring programs are no substitute for an authentic, collegial relationship between mentor and mentee. You need a baseline chemistry with your mentee, and you must have their best interests at heart — even if those interests aren’t the same as the company’s.
Of course, it would be great if your mentee wanted to sustain a long career at your organization, but it’s more important to help them discover their strengths and passions and the best place to apply both. When counseling your mentee on career decisions, encourage them to find their calling whether it’s at your company or somewhere else.
This is the best way to inspire commitment.
Curated by Trevor Lee
You can gauge the health of a virtual team by measuring the average lag time between when team members identify a problem and when they discuss it.
If you and your colleagues don’t trust one another, issues will go unaddressed for much longer than they should.
That’s why it is critical for members of a virtual team to establish trust and a sense of safety up front.
Trusting people is hard when you don’t work with them face-to-face, but even the smallest of gestures can help: Be generous with information.
If someone is struggling with a project or task, be the first to offer help. And when someone on the team has even a minor success, send a congratulatory email.
A little kindness goes a long way in encouraging others to give you the benefit of the doubt
when stresses inevitably arise.
Getting an expat assignment can be exciting, but it can also be hard on your family. Before accepting a temporary reassignment to another country, think it through with your partner or family. Be sure to frame the decision as a real choice:
Should we go or stay?
And consider the degree of change: If you live in Amsterdam, relocating to Brussels is very different from moving to Guangzhou, China.
Then go through the pros and cons of each alternative, laying out the full implications for your children or extended family, your career — and your partner’s — and your support networks.
Try to anticipate and discuss how the change would affect family dynamics — e.g., shifting from a dual-career marriage to one where a spouse stays at home, or replacing a grandmother babysitter with a professional nanny.
These discussions will not only shape your decision about the assignment but also help set expectations and prevent resentment later on.