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Friday Link Around – Speed Mentoring Edition

scan0048Career development and mentoring are the themes for this week’s Friday Link Around.

I was excited to once again facilitate the Society of American Military Engineers Young Member mentoring session at this year’s Joint Engineering Training Conference (JETC 2016). It was a fantastic session using live polling and hands-on activities with over 150 engineers, architects, and business professionals.

My slides from JETC 2015 are here, the ones from JETC 2016 are here. I used a live polling service called PollEverywhere — the interaction makes the sessions fun and keeps the energy level up among participants!

Speed Mentoring is a fun way for people to meet potential mentors–think “speed dating” only with no pressure for romance. I adapted the 2015 program from this site, and then built my own this year. There are some great mentoring resources at mentoring.org

Want to know more? A mentor is:

“…a person who guides”

“…a helper…”

“… coach, guide, tutor, facilitator, counselor and trusted advisor…”

“… a trusted counselor or guide.“

“…paying it forward..” ( F. John Reh)

“…Mentors help fill your knowledge gaps…” (Pamela Ryckman)

“…Mentoring is relationship oriented


Mickey's Rules for Leaders eBook CoverMickey believes everyone can reach high levels of performance if inspired and led. During his 28 year US Air Force career Mickey commanded thousands of Airmen, managed portfolios worth billions of dollars, and worked with military, civil, and industry officials around the world. He is a Distinguished Graduate from the Eisenhower School at National Defense University in Washington DC.

Mickey is the author of seven books, including Leading Leaders: Inspiring, Empowering, and Motivating Teams and The 5 Be’s For Starting Out. He’s a frequent contributor to industry publications and blogs.

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