Why you should be collecting mentors

Whenever someone refers to “my mentor,” rather than “one of my mentors,” I’m a little baffled. These people talk with reverence about the one person they turn to for counsel, that sage veteran in their field who gives advice and imparts wisdom. I don’t get it because it’s different from my experience with mentors.  My career has been filled with mentors, and yes, in the early parts of it those mentors were older and wiser. But lately, I’m collecting a new kind of mentor who looks more like a peer, where there is mutual support and coaching going on. Often, my mentors are younger than I, since it’s the veterans who are looking to younger folks to demystify the new ways of work.

And rather than the idea of one exalted mentor, I have oodles of them. I have mentors in my writing life, mentors I turn to when I’m negotiating a new work situation, mentors who keep me up to speed on technology, and mentors I confer with when making big life decisions. There are also mentors for a time — like the bloggers who guided me when I was just starting out — who ultimately evolve into colleagues.

I’ve started to see mentors as an ecosystem, filled people I respect and trust in different areas of work and life. It’s not unlike that team of advisors I wrote about a little while ago, where we serve as a mutual support group. {Read the rest at Yahoo!}


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Are dads the new working moms?

The voices of working mothers have long dominated much of the conversation on work/life issues. But lately, and with a new generation of men coming down the pike, it seems like men are chiming in more often, giving voice to what it feels like to be a stay-at-home or involved dad or how it feels to blend their working and parenting lives.

On Daddy Dialectic, a popular blog about 21st century parenthood (which has spawned a new book, The Daddy Shift by Jeremy Adam Smith), Smith and other fathers record their daily experiences and philosophical musings on fatherhood and philosophical musings, much in the style of so many mommy blogs. Typical posts describe his son’s favorite imaginary characters, give advice on how people can support the parents in their communities, and offer thoughtful discussions of gender roles.

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Happy Anniversary, Shifting Careers

In honor of the one-year anniversary of the Shifting Careers blog, a top 10 list of favorite posts.

The Intern Meets the Home Office

How does an internship unfold when the work is in a home office?

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Core Competency Mothers

A series of blog posts on The Huffington Post documents the arrival of the “core competency” mother, who focuses on what she does best and outsources or ignores the rest.

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Hot Ticket in B-School: Bringing Life Values to Corporate Ethics

These days, business schools teach that leadership exists at all levels, and corporate life should be about much more than just making money.

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Leisure’s Starring Role in a Complete Life

While leisure is not a topic that typically emerges as a workplace concern, it has a direct effect on how we handle and view our working life.

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Working – or Not – After a Death in the Family

After a family crisis, returning to work can happen in stages — the body may show up, but the mind may take a while to follow.

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My New Blog at the New York Times

Big news about my blogging. Since last week, I’ve been blogging for The New York Times (that’s why it’s been so quiet over here!). The blog is called Shifting Careers, and it will be the daily complement to my twice-monthly Shifting Careers column. (If you haven’t been keeping up with the column, you can read all the past ones here.) I’m posting almost daily to the blog, so be sure to subscribe to the blog’s feed here to stay current.

While I get up to speed on the NYT blog, Heymarci will go a little quiet. But I expect to begin posting again soon, with a slightly different focus. So stay tuned, and keep it on your feed if you subscribe.

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Women talking….about women


Last week I took part in a radio chat with a smart and opinionated group of about writer/thinkers about what’s going on with women these days. Think Chris Mathews’ Hardball meets The View.

The panel was hosted by Karen Salmansohn, the author of 29 books and host of the daily radio show, “Be Happy, Dammit” on the Lime channel of Sirius.

The other guests were Eve Tahmincioglu, author of From the Sandbox to the Corner Office/columnist for MSNBC.com; Cali Williams Yost, work+life strategy consultant/author of Work+Life: Finding the Fit That’s Right for You; and Leslie Bennetts, contributing writer at Vanity Fair/author of The Feminine Mistake.
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