I've been thinking a lot about professional responsibility lately. In particular, my responsibility to give back to those who are up and coming in the world of business (any business.) Yes, I work closely with the team that reports to me, but I'm not necessarily thinking about HR.
What? More Work?
One of the common...uh, I mean, my misperceptions about giving back is that I'm too busy. Really? Were the people that helped me out sitting around with their feet up? Of course not. The reason they made an impression on me was that they were productive, professional, and yes - busy. Hmmm.
Figuring This Out
Whether it's a formal mentor/mentee relationship, providing support to a new manager, or even connecting with a graduate student, the burden is not nearly what you or I might think. As the world of work continues to change so dramatically, it is incumbent upon us to help new and aspiring leaders understand this new world.
Networking Works Two Ways
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