Whether you’re brand new to the workforce or a seasoned professional, we all have life experiences, both work and personal, where we’ve picked up little (and not so little) lessons on how to approach life, people and situations.
As we travel through our professional lives, our perspective is shaped by the people, the roles and experiences we encounter.
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What do you wish you knew back then that you know now?
The importance of building relationships-- Balancing your technical abilities with leadership skills. Relationships are more important as you move up your career ladder. I wish I knew that I didn't need to do everything twice as hard, study twice as long, and work three times as hard--I wish i knew that it would all work out surrounding myself with the right people personally and professionally. A few less gray hairs and a few more years added onto my life perhaps if I knew this? Importance of interdependence and team work to produce results. It's all about relationships. Develop strong, lasting relationships and everything else will take care of itself. Be open to change and work with as many high performers as you can. Stay in touch with people. It's always about the relationships-- Life is very, very, very short I learned that ones opinion does matter and to always state what you believe in, even when no one else may not agree with you. Because more times then not---you may just be right! I wish I knew...
so how can these conversations drive your business?
2009 Emerging Workforce Study report on companies without a regular mentoring program: 35% of employees plan to look for another job within 12 months. “But just 16% of those with good mentors expect to jump ship.
77% of companes report that mentoring programs are effective in increasing retention. (Source: Center for Creative Leadership)
A corporate study of 2,400 newly-hired life insurance agents indicates: 74% remained after the first year if paired with a mentor vs 64% not paired. Sales 15% higher for individuals involved in mentoring . (Source: LIMRA International)
Training alone increases managerial productivity by 24%; the combination of mentoring and coaching increases productivity by 88%. (Source: American Society for Training and Development)
In a survey of Fortune 500 CEOs, respondents state that one of the top three factors affecting career growth is mentoring. (Source: AccountTemps)
75% of executives interviewed in one study say mentoring has played a key role in their career success. (Source: Center of Creative Leadership)