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Spring has sprung...
March 23, 2011

Spring has sprung , de grass has ris,
I wonder where dem birdies is?
De little birds is on de wing,
Ain't dat absurd?
De little wing is on de bird!

Or here's an alternative ending;

There he is up in the sky
He dropped some whitewash in my eye!
I'm alright, I won't cry
I'm just glad that cows can't fly!

Now I've set the tone for this month's newsletter, I hope there's a spring in your step and a lightening of your load. And to my friends down-under, I apologise for being excited about the sun sticking around a bit longer.

Right, onto some "serious" business management stuff, that's what you're here for right?

I have 3 parallel lives, all running concurrently. Life number 1 is as a mum to two girls, and all that that entails. Life number 2 is as a Performance Manager for Uncommon Knowledge, where I skid around a variety of jobs. Life number 3 is as a busy body volunteer on the local Toy Lending Library, currently doing a strategic performance review to ensure long term funding.

Are they really separate? If I distil the transferrable skills, there are some common themes;

  • Organisation and planning
  • Coaching, motivation and development
  • Diplomacy
  • Numerical wizardry
  • Creativity and thinking on your feet
  • Being flexible

It's for this reason that although I spend less time that I used to spinning the corporate wheel, I still have plenty of opportunity to give my management muscles a workout and stay trim. Some say lean and mean. Or just mean. But that's a whole other story involving an iron fist in a velvet glove....

Transferrable skills and the art of sharing...

You may have more transferrable skills than you realise. What do you do outside of work or college? Maybe you're notching up a few more skills and a bit more experience and not even noticing.

If your belt is bursting at the buckle with skills and experience, it might be time to give mentoring a go, providing you the perfect opportunity to bring on talent around you. Here's a little something on how to mentor which may be fertiliser that helps the buds grow.

Or if your jeans are hanging low because you're belt is loose, you might benefit from seeking out a mentor to give you what you need to smarten you up. (I am so not down with the kids on the low slung pants. Eugh!) Here is an article on mentor programs which might open your mind to being mentored.

New Year, new you? The survey said....

Almost a quarter of you are happy to go with the flow in 2011, not making any New Year's resolutions. More than half are on track with their resolutions, and the remaining quarter are struggling to get started.

And a lucky 1 in 5 don't want or need to start over, however almost half would rack up less debt if they started over, 1 in 3 would eat out less and over 1 in 5 would avoid gadgets.

In the spirit of avoiding affluenza, I'd like you to take this 2 minute survey and let me know how you motivate and reward on a budget?

Warm Regards

Lyndsay's Signature

PS If you participate in the survey I'll let you in on the results next month :o)

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1. How to Mentor Any Student: 5 Mentoring Roles Explained (lightsaber optional)
Obi Wan Kenobi knows how to mentor a student. He tutors Jedi novice Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Force, a mysterious energy field harnessed by the Jedi. Here are 5 mentoring roles explained - you decide about the light saber, or the brown hooded cloak for that matter!

2. Mentor Programs Explained - It's all Greek to me!
Mentoring is nothing new. Way back in Greek mythology, Mentor was the half-human, half god, entrusted by Odysseus with the upbringing of his son, Telemachus, while he was off fighting the Trojan wars. Trustworthy, credible but unreachable, Mentor soon became the epitome of wise counsel and sage instruction. The goddess Athena disguised herself as Mentor when she needed to give Telemachus important counsel, demonstrating that "mentoring" is both a male and female activity.

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