A few years ago, when I left my senior management position to take on a new staff role, I noticed that it gave me a very unique perspective. I could navigate the minefields of management quite easily and I had the freedom and clarity to look at things more objectively. I got a no-nonsense, tell it like it is reputation. That has got me into a bit of hot water from time to time. I feel that if your intentions are pure, there is not much to worry about. I have found that my opinions are sought on a regular basis. People at all levels of the organization struggle for effective ways to handle conflict situations. Many people simply want to move forward on an initiative and do not know where to start. Quite often, I notice that all that is needed for most situations is some clarity and communication.
I enjoy the opportunity to mentor and coach. I know that I have enjoyed having my thoughts challenged throughout my career, it is fulfilling to offer that to others. I do not have a big project load at work so I spend most weeks, under-utilized. It is rather flattering though when people come to seek advice and counsel on various situations and problems. Giving advice is a responsibility I do not take lightly. I do not want to take someone’s problems to be my own, they must own their problems. I try to merely give suggestions on how they can own their challenges with dignity, integrity, and move to positive outcomes. In the last few weeks, I have assisted a couple of senior managers with troublesome proposals. One also involves coaching for managing personnel. Yesterday, I was asked by an employee to give him some thoughts on a very contentious, high-conflict situation. I believe in all cases, I have helped these people move forward in a positive way.
This is coming across as a brag post, but I assure you it is not. I am very thankful that I have the opportunity and position to help others. There is a tremendous amount of personal reward for me in doing this. I do not take it for granted; I think my reduced work week gives me much more clarity and perspective. I am grateful to share that with others. If you have not had the opportunity to mentor others, I encourage you to try it. There is a lot to be said for helping others solve the pu8zzle on the path to achieving their goals.
The willingness to share does not make one charitable; it makes one free. ~ Robert Brault