“Pragmatic leaders grasp the critical importance of coaching. They are aware that the coaching partnership is highly dependent on how they interact with those they lead. Nothing is more important than how they listen, take in, reflect, question, and give feedback in the context of the coaching dialogue.” http://feedly.com/k/13QJsKl
So, schools don’t do interns, but we do student teachers. If you strike a good one, offer them a job. If you don’t have a job, each of these four suggestions would be a good alternative: Open your Contacts Make introductions. Write a stellar reference. Act as a mentor via The Best Way to Send Off That Summer Intern | Inc.com.
Mentoring works best when you ‘keep it natural’. It’s just a series of conversations designed to find opportunities to help someone. Shouldn’t we do that every day? Mentoring Moments: Just in Time Support.
You’ll get much more traction with people if you work with them to solve a problem, ease their pain or scratch their itch. Getting people to do things because it’s ‘good for them’ has never worked that well. “Secret No. 1: Sell Aspirin, not Vitamins” http://feedly.com/k/14Nd1NY
“The impact of a great mentor: Gave me permission to be me. Encouraged me along the way. Acknowledged my success. Held me accountable. He expected results.” Can the people we mentor put a tick next to each of these? via How Peter Drucker Mentored | Leadership Freak.
“The story illustrates how we can fall into patterns of behaviour without really understanding why.” via Encouraging Innovation & The Story of the 5 Monkeys | You’re Not the Boss of Me.
Stop teaching leaders what to do. Teach them who to be. via Who Not What | Leadership Freak.
Management is not a popularity contest. If you try to please everyone – you’ll wind up pleasing no one. But there are proven ways to become the manager everyone wants to work for via 19 Ways to Become the Manager Everyone Wants to Work For – Managers Are Heroes.