The Importance of Mentors

The most strategic approach to developing a new employee or new business owner is to pair them with an experienced mentor who will teach, coach, counsel, and encourage. The mentor has already hit many of the bumps in the road and knows where the pitfalls are located.  They have mastered many of the skills that a fledgling  business has yet to hit upon.  A new business owner doesn’t even know what they don’t know, nor do they know all the questions to ask.  A mentor is their guide, their shoulder to lean on, their confidante and consultant. Mentoring is an...
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“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” - Mahatma Gandhi I know that I have made my share of mistakes, and for many I have felt the pangs of disappointment, suffered the lose of confidence, challenged my beliefs…but I have always grown from those mistakes both personally and professionally. It took time for me to recover and start to feel OK about myself, but it happened. Now I know that mistakes are inevitable, but I will survive. What mistakes, if any, have you made that really eats away at you and you...
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Risk Taking

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” - Anais Nin So today, TJP is asking its bloggers about risks they’ve taken in business. Have you changed jobs? Are you starting a new business? Are you moving up the corporate ladder but are still unsure of yourself? What can you tell us about your risk taking and how your experiences may help others?

What would you do if you were the boss?

Maybe you’re in one now. You look around and on a daily basis see crazy political games being played, grabs for power, leaders who aren’t there for your professional growth but for their own company positioning and personal recognition? And yet you need a job, an income, maybe the benefits that come along with that job. My question to you is - what can you do? Do you stay and conform and just resign yourself to the fact that you will always be miserable blaming your situation on high unemployment numbers? Do you actively look for new employment? Do you...
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