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Mentoring Lesson #2: Owning Your Talents

Based on the book, “Learning to Lead Through Mentoring”, this is the second in the series of mentoring lessons outlining important topics to consider when approaching a mentoring relationship.  The full transcript of the book can be found on Amazon.  The lessons are intended to help the reader approach mentoring relationships with better perspective and can also be useful to the mentor in guiding the relationship and discussion for their mentee or protégé.

What are you really good at? 

We are often most focused on the areas or skills needing improvement, rather than focusing on continual refinement of our natural skills and abilities.  When you are young, determining your skills and unique abilities is often an exercise in trial and error.  As you mature, the most successful people are able to engineer themselves into a role which allows them to best use their unique abilities, while surrounding themselves with others who have different skills and abilities.

Prior to approaching a mentoring relationship, it is critical to spend some time determining your unique abilities and skills, to determine the best mentor for you.

Here are some questions to consider to get you started:

  • What are you really good at?  What do you enjoy doing?
  • Are you able to do what you do best in your career?
  • How well do you spot the talent and strengths in others?

By increasing your self awareness and owning your talents, you will be taking the first step in determining the type of mentor who would be most helpful to you and be in a good position to approach the conversation most effectively.

At Diverse Talent Strategies, we offer mentoring programs and resources for both individuals and companies.  To learn, more, contact us today.

Alison Martin

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Alison Martin-Books is the Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Diverse Talent Strategies, a family of brands offering turn-key solutions for mentoring, women’s leadership initiatives, and recruitment. With roughly 15 years in nonprofit work, Martin-Books has a passion for doing work that makes a difference in the lives of others. After serving as Executive Director at two different national nonprofit organizations, her commitment to her passion for developing female talent led her launch Mentoring Women’s Network. In her role, Martin-Books acts as a liaison to a national committee responsible for the leadership development content for the organization and consults with corporations on the development and strategy aligned with initiatives for emerging female leaders. She is also the author of the book, “Landing on My Feet: Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” and speaks regularly on behalf of the organization

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