3 ways mentors can mold you

first_img 87SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Details Kids have lots to learn about life, so it’s not surprising that many people list their parents as key mentors. I certainly do.When I had to give my first presentation in school, my dad gave me some sage advice about public speaking. This was advice he tested every Sunday when he delivered the sermon to his congregation in a large church in Chicago: 1) Stand up to be seen. 2) Speak up to be heard. 3) Sit down to be appreciated. That is something that has influenced me. I try to be conscious of people’s time and attention span, and to the context of what I’m saying. When it comes to making a presentation, I get up, communicate and sit down.As I take the helm at CUES, I’ve been reflecting a lot on mentors and the role they play in our mission to develop talent in the credit union movement. I see three key ways that mentors can help other people progress professionally and personally. Here they are, with more examples from my personal experience.Mentors help build knowledge base. My first mentors in business were the board members at the Chicago credit union where I had a high school internship. A senior, I was just a kid who was good at math. The board members’ willingness to have me apply that talent for the credit union drove me to learn more about income statements, transactions, cash flow, benefits of membership, and how share accounts and loans work. The experience opened a door to walk though: I credit these mentors with pointing me toward a career in business, with supporting what I wanted to do in life.Mentors help expand network and influence. After getting my MBA, I worked for Procter & Gamble, a huge organization composed of highly competitive personalities. One of my mentors there—then President/Chief Operating Officer Durk Jager—helped me better understand the people aspect of business. He said you could have great technical mastery, analytical skill, and strategic thinking skills but, at the end of the day, in order to get anything done, people are going to have to work with you. Working really well with others is the only way you’ll be able make the transition from individual contributor to leader, Jager taught me. Other mentors in my career have helped me add key people to my professional network.Mentors help identify the forest when it’s lost in the trees. I am a very focused and driven individual. That’s a double-edged sword. When you have these qualities, you can focus so much on opportunity or challenge that you can lose perspective on the situations you encounter. You need someone to provide objectivity and help pull you back out of the details. A teacher by training and an amazing professional, Dave Serlo of PSCU taught me to take a step back and look at any situation I was confronting, to see how it came into being, to understand the fuller context and gain perspective on how to move forward.CUES is an organization chock full of people that could be your next—and most valuable—mentor. When you do things like become a CUES member, attend CUES meetings, participate in the CUES Net listserv, or even comment on a CUES Skybox blog post or Credit Union Management magazine article, you might get great mentoring counsel from your peers in the process.I want to end by saying that there’s a fallacy that you reach a certain point in your career and you don’t need mentors anymore. That’s not true. You can never have enough mentors, and they can always help. I’m establishing new mentor relationships today. Maybe with you. If you have feedback on CUES or its offerings, I’d love to hear your thoughts.last_img read more

UW rowers set for Big Ten meet

first_imgTrue tests of strength, skill and concentration will be in store for the Wisconsin women’s crew team as it heads to the Big Ten Championships this Saturday.”We have been training so hard for so long,” said UW head coach Bebe Bryans. “The Big Ten Championships have been one of the main targets for us. We are anxious to test all the training that we have done.”Having only a month on Lake Mendota to truly prepare for the conference championships (due to weather) has indeed hindered the Badgers’ performance in prior regattas.Looking back two weeks, the varsity eight ran into some difficulty against Michigan and Michigan State in a Big Ten double dual. The Wolverines swept the varsity eight events, while the Spartans won three races in the morning events.”They were better than we were on that day,” Bryans said. “That is for sure. That is just the way it went. We are really happy to have the opportunity to race them again.”While the varsity eight experienced some early trouble, the novice eight has had a superb season, sweeping all races in the double dual.With their success, the novice eight will hold the top seed over Minnesota and Michigan State heading into the Big Ten Championships. Additionally, Wisconsin’s second varsity four also holds the top position over Ohio State.”If we needed extra motivation, [the rankings] would probably do it,” Bryans said of the team’s current standing. “We are really fired up. All the boats are pretty eager. We have been taking it day by day and trying to improve each day. We will definitely be ready on Saturday.”The varsity eight crew ranks No. 5 and No. 4 in both varsity eight events. Rounding out the regatta is the first varsity four squad, who ranks fifth out of seven boats.Wisconsin’s three top-ranked boats are the most of any squad. Ohio State has two top-ranked boats, both in the varsity eight; while Michigan State holds the No. 1 spot in the varsity four.In the seven-year-old championships, the Wolverines have typically been the team to beat, as they have won four championships. Last year, the title went to the Spartans after they squeaked by the Buckeyes for a one-point victory.”Michigan has perennially been the team to beat,” Bryans explained. “They have won it more than anyone else. No matter what they go in seeded, in my mind they are always one of the favorites, because they find a way to get it done.”Wisconsin has yet to claim a conference title, and it would be a huge feat for the squad to do it this Saturday. Last year, the Badgers faired third overall.”[Winning] would be huge for everyone,” Bryans said. “You have to be really fast and have everything together on that day to be successful. It would be a huge accomplishment for any team to bring home a title and we would love to be a part of that.”It’s getting so competitive now. It’s so exciting,” Bryans added. “It’s really anyone’s race and that is the way it should be.”Lightweights: While the openweights are off vying for a championship victory, the light weights will have one last regatta, the Eastern Sprints, in preparation for their conference championships in two weeks. The team will compete against Georgetown this weekend.In USRowing.com’s collegiate poll, the Badgers hold the No. 3 national ranking, while Georgetown is ranked fourth.”They are getting ready for the Eastern league, so this is their final tune up for that,” Bryans said. “They are using it for great competition. Hopefully, it will go well for them.”last_img read more